Store Fires Employee Over Racist Slur on Receipt

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ The owner of a suburban Kansas City shoe store says it has fired the employee who was behind a racial slur on a receipt given to a black customer.

The company that owns Journeys at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan., apologized Wednesday for the worker who chose a code on a computerized list of reasons for returned merchandise that said
"Cust: Dumb (N-word).''

A shopper had purchased a pair of shoes at Journeys but later returned them after buying a cheaper pair elsewhere. He got his money back but did not notice the slur on the receipt until he got home.

The Johnson County NAACP questioned whether the slur was programmed into computerized cash registers throughout the chain. Late Wednesday, Journeys owner Genesco Inc. said the references were entered by employees in the Overland Park store in a store-level customer database.''

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