Shop manager wins $10k settlement
NEW YORK, NY — Jayendra Baldevbhai, a Manhattan shop manager mistakenly arrested for selling fake Burberry umbrellas, has won a $10,000 settlement from the city.
The 38-year-old Baldevbhai was on the clock at Spring Mart, a delicatessen located in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City, on May 20, 2015, when several plainclothes cops strolled into the store and eyed its many offerings.
After about half an hour, they collared the Queens man for selling fake Burberry umbrellas, even though the plaid pattern and packaging were distinct from the high-fashion British brand, Baldevbhai claimed in a Manhattan federal lawsuit filed on February 2.
One of the cops placed the umbrella on the counter and asked for the price.
When Baldevbhai said $7.99, the cop told him, “’You’re under arrest”.
Baldevbhai was accused of third-degree trademark counterfeiting, a misdemeanor charge.
The Manhattan district attorney dropped the case after three court appearances, the lawsuit said.