Racial Profiling & Related Matters (Non-Lethal Version)

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Woman falsely accuses Black teen of stealing phone in Arlo hotel lobby in NYC - ABC7 New York (abc7ny.com)
A family is calling for the Manhattan district attorney to bring charges against a white woman who wrongly accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone. The incident, which was recorded on cellphone video, happened in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel on Saturday, where the teen and his father were staying as guests.

The woman's cellphone was later found in an Uber.
"This incident went on for five more minutes, me protecting my son from this lunatic," the teen's father, Keyon Harrold, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, wrote on Instagram. "She scratched me; she Tackled and grabbed him. He is a child!!!"
 

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NYCPD is looking for Karen and plan to upgrade charges

They might be able to find her if they tell us who she is.
CNN reported an interview with her, which makes her sound even worse. No admission of any wrong doing like assaulting a minor or even that she was completely mistaken and left her phone in the Uber. Apparently she informed CNN she was the one who was actually assaulted. The police have the hotel surveillance video, which seems to be why they said they would upgrade the charges.

Musician Keyon Harrold says his 14-year-old son was falsely accused of stealing an iPhone - CNN
While the 22-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted during the altercation, CNN hasn't been able to corroborate her account with investigators or with the hotel where the incident took place.

In a 20-minute phone interview, she said the incident unfolded after she first demanded to see the hotel's surveillance video to try to pinpoint who may have taken her phone. She says she then asked someone else in the hotel lobby to "empty their pocket," before ultimately confronting Keyon Harrold Jr., who she maintained had her phone in his pocket.

"That's when everything got a little bit more serious," the woman said referring to the interaction.
Throughout the phone call, the woman's account of the incident was rambling at times. She provided additional information of events preceding and unrelated to the incident that CNN has been unable to confirm.
 
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CNN reported an interview with her, which makes her sound even worse. No admission of any wrong doing like assaulting a minor or even that she was completely mistaken and left her phone in the Uber. Apparently she informed CNN she was the one who was actually assaulted. The police have the hotel surveillance video, which seems to be why they said they would upgrade the charges.

Musician Keyon Harrold says his 14-year-old son was falsely accused of stealing an iPhone - CNN
The handling of this is sexist and racist. Had this been a man, especially a black man, that had assaulted and accused a minor this way, he'd have been arrested immediately. And why are they protecting her identity? She is NOT a victim! It's a bunch of nonsense.
 

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The NYPD posted an edited version of the hotel surveillance video yesterday along with a close up of the woman like a WANTED poster. Apparently the New York Post has now identified her as a resident of CA so there are probably logistical problems delaying any follow-up.

Chief Rodney Harrison on Twitter: "The @NYPDnews is requesting the public’s assistance locating the suspect in this video. Anyone with information in regard to the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS(8477) or DM @NYPDTips" / Twitter

I wonder whether the hotel manager knew she was harassing customers in the lobby before the father and son. One report said prior to them she cornered someone demanding a pocket search and another report said she did it to others in the lobby. If so and the manager knew this, then he continued to allow her to harass additional customers with no evidence and even participated as her advocate.

Another concern is the video clearly shows her assault the son as he walked away. However had law enforcement showed up in the middle of this scuffle they might have (as likely as not) detained or harmed the young man (based on assumption) and not stopped the actual perpetrator.
 

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CNN reported an interview with her, which makes her sound even worse. No admission of any wrong doing like assaulting a minor or even that she was completely mistaken and left her phone in the Uber. Apparently she informed CNN she was the one who was actually assaulted. The police have the hotel surveillance video, which seems to be why they said they would upgrade the charges.

Musician Keyon Harrold says his 14-year-old son was falsely accused of stealing an iPhone - CNN
She's been arrested:

 

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The interview she did with CBS was a trainwreck; and they're going to show more of it on Monday. She obviously has issues, but at the same time she's assaulting minors and creating other dangerous situations (drunk driving, etc.) so something needs to be done.
 

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The interview she did with CBS was a trainwreck; and they're going to show more of it on Monday. She obviously has issues, but at the same time she's assaulting minors and creating other dangerous situations (drunk driving, etc.) so something needs to be done.
I haven’t seen it yet but I hear she dId the interview with Gayle King wearing a baseball cap that said “DADDY” and that she snapped her. She’s not bright.....I’m sure they’ll play that at her trial. Dummy.
 

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Uggh, I've been following this case since the beginning. Miya Ponsetto comes across as a spoiled, entitled So.Cal "girl" who has no concern for others. That interview showed that she is remorseless, entitled, and seriously in need of a reality check. Three alcohol related arrests in 2020, now this arrest in 2021. Maybe she has a drinking problem, or maybe she just doesn't give a S about rules and laws. She is always the victim. She's just a "girl", all alone in the big bad city on vacay at the impressionable and scary kid-like age of 22.... right.

Also, about that hat. Is that the name of some escort service? Why would she wear that and a tube top for the Gayle interview? I wonder if she's hoping for a last minute pardon from Trump? She behaves just like him. Refuses to admit fault or guilt. Lie, deny, accuse and blame everyone else but herself. She reminds me of Lori Loughlin's youngest daughter, the 'influencer'. Spoiled and out of touch.
 
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She's also in the news today about an incident that happened the same morning before the hotel confrontation. Apparently she locked herself out of her AirBnB apartment so she tried to break open the door with a fire extinguisher and has been banned from AirBnB. NY Post also reported she again blamed the teen for stealing her cell phone when she departed from her flight home to CA after posting bail in NYC. They made it sound like she was intoxicated. So much for the fake apology, but how is she still driving and not the poster "girl" for a suspended license?

I've seen and read enough and am going to take a break from this one.
 

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Are there any further details to the Uber driver/hotel worker? I'm guaranteeing what happened is the Uber driver was told which hotel she was in (probably by Miya herself), they dropped it off, the hotel employee let her know they know were in possession of it, and she's now running with 'well that's suspicious that the hotel actually had it'.

But yeah- 'I'm 22, I've lived the same life as him at 14, which they claim', 'I'm Puerto Rican, I can't be racist', 'I feel remorse' but I'm going to tell you off. She's always gotten her way and now it's going to catch up with her. That interview was straight-up pathetic. I wish they'd show the parts they referred to at the end.

And sorry about it, she defines Karen but since she's Puerto Rican and 22, we won't get endless replies about this being problematic. :lol:
 

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Are there any further details to the Uber driver/hotel worker? I'm guaranteeing what happened is the Uber driver was told which hotel she was in (probably by Miya herself), they dropped it off, the hotel employee let her know they know were in possession of it, and she's now running with 'well that's suspicious that the hotel actually had it'.
The whole story of hers doesn't make sense. The manager's story hasn't been told fully. Nor the Uber driver. Why not? Also, I've been in a big bad city (Chicago) when I accidentally left my cellphone in a cab. I knew it as soon as he drove off. I ran to the nearest business and called my number immediately. That's what you do, right? It was a total pain trying to track the driver down in between his rides and eventually the cab service just said that they would mail my phone to my address in Houston. So I was all alone in a big city without my cellphone, and I survived. This little girl all of 22 would have too without all her histrionics. The manager of the hotel confuses me too. If I'm the manager in between these two parties and trying to figure it all out or settle the problem, I'd just immediately take out my cell and ask the little girl what her number is and call it and show that the boy's phone was not hers. Or have the Dad or him call the boy's number to see that it rings. This isn't complicated, and I hope the manager was fired or demoted back down to entry level minimum wage. If he can't handle a situation like that, he should not be a manager of anyone or anything. She clearly has 'issues', but I'm reserving any sympathy or empathy for now. Affluenza is not a legitimate affliction in my opinion. If a couple weeks in jail and a rap sheet sets her straight, then I'm all for it.
 

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The whole story of hers doesn't make sense. The manager's story hasn't been told fully. Nor the Uber driver. Why not? Also, I've been in a big bad city (Chicago) when I accidentally left my cellphone in a cab. I knew it as soon as he drove off. I ran to the nearest business and called my number immediately. That's what you do, right? It was a total pain trying to track the driver down in between his rides and eventually the cab service just said that they would mail my phone to my address in Houston. So I was all alone in a big city without my cellphone, and I survived. This little girl all of 22 would have too without all her histrionics. The manager of the hotel confuses me too. If I'm the manager in between these two parties and trying to figure it all out or settle the problem, I'd just immediately take out my cell and ask the little girl what her number is and call it and show that the boy's phone was not hers. Or have the Dad or him call the boy's number to see that it rings. This isn't complicated, and I hope the manager was fired or demoted back down to entry level minimum wage. If he can't handle a situation like that, he should not be a manager of anyone or anything. She clearly has 'issues', but I'm reserving any sympathy or empathy for now. Affluenza is not a legitimate affliction in my opinion. If a couple weeks in jail and a rap sheet sets her straight, then I'm all for it.
Uber and Lyft are a bit different than cabs- if you lose anything, you can immediately go to the ride info and submit something which then is relayed directly to the driver. And then there's also a report of such claim on record. Being in Miami and having worked in nightlife for so long, I can assure you this happens all the time and if people catch it quick enough (ie. someone else doesn't steal it when they get in the car), the drivers are typically very honest and will return the phone/item to the passenger.

And yeah, there was no control over the situation at all but I don't necessarily blame any of them for not thinking quick enough to call the number, etc. The girl being able to go after the kid and others not really doing anything besides siding with her by default is problematic. She seems to have been at level 100 from the start and sometimes people freeze in those scenarios. From what I gathered with the video, the dad was persistent in not proving anything to her, because really, why does she get to target someone and decide?
 
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Being in Miami and having worked in nightlife for so long, I can assure you this happens all the time and if people catch it quick enough (ie. someone else doesn't steal it when they get in the car), the drivers are typically very honest and will return the phone/item to the passenger.
As this Uber driver did, either because she sent a report or because he just found it and knew it belonged to his last passenger.

I also can see being a manager and not thinking quickly, but the woman claimed it was her phone even though the case was different. She was demanding that the boy take his phone out of his case. That is pretty crazy that a manager would go along with that. If it was me, I would say: so this doesn't look like your phone? This isn't your case? Then it's not your phone. Instead, the manager agreed that the boy had to prove it was his phone. That is pretty piss poor customer service at best and shows implicit bias at worst.
 

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