A woman has been condemned over a TikTok video showing her accusing a black man of stealing her phone in a shop – only to then find the phone in her own purse.
The unnamed woman was in a Spencer’s store inside the Sunrise Mall in Sacramento when she told a shop assistant that her phone had been stolen.
A clip uploaded by a person claiming to be the partner of the black man, named only as Kinley, was shared on TikTok.
In the video, now seen 2.2 million times, the accuser rifles through her bag while accusing Kinley of theft at the branch of Spencer’s.
‘Can you call it, because she won’t let us call it,’ says the person who is filming to the assistant, who attempts to mediate.
‘Well, he could have turned off the ringer,’ the woman who made the accusation replies.
‘Oh my God – do you want him to get f****** naked, lady?’ the person filming says.
Kinley, who moved to California a month ago, was wrongly accused of stealing a woman’s phone in a Sacramento store
The shop assistant at Spencer’s then calls her phone – despite her claiming that Kinley could have put it on silent
She finds her phone, which had been in her bag all along
The woman apologizes to Kinley and his partner as they walk off, then follows them, apologizing again – but they refuse to accept her apology
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‘I really need my phone,’ the accuser says.
‘Do you want to pat him down?’ the cameraperson asks sarcastically.
The accuser continues to allege that Kinley took her phone, saying: ‘I had it, and then you walked right behind me and you took it.’
Kinley responds: ‘I did not take it.’
The shop assistants hands over his phone to the woman so that she can call her mobile – which rings inside her bag.
‘I’m so sorry,’ she tells Kinley. ‘I apologize.’
His partner replies: ‘F*** off. No you’re not.’
On TikTok, Kinley’s partner wrote: ‘My husband’s first time in 28 years. He grew up in the south too. Not a month in Cali and this happens.’
Further details about the couple have yet to emerge. Kinley has shared gushing tributes to his partner on his Instagram, and appears to work with dogs for a living.
The story bore strong parallels to that of Miya Ponsetto, 23, who in December 2020 accused a 14-year-old black boy of stealing her phone inside the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in Manhattan.
Kinley is pictured with his partner, who filmed the encounter and posted it on TikTok
Kinley is pictured with his partner, who filmed the encounter
Ponsetto was initially charged with assault following the hotel scuffle, but was in June arraigned on three new counts: unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child
Ponsetto remained unapologetic during ensuing media interviews, telling Gayle King that she only regretted making the boy ‘feel inferior’
Ponsetto, 23, also known as ‘SoHo Karen,’ in court last month expressed regret for her previous non-apology to the black teen whom she had falsely accused of theft
Ponsetto, who was charged after falsely accusing a black teen of stealing her cell phone inside a boutique hotel last December, appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court in November
Dubbed the ‘SoHo Karen’, she later discovered that she forgot her phone in an Uber, and the driver returned it to her.
Ponsetto, who was unapologetic about her accusations, was charged with hate crimes.
Last month she appeared in the Manhattan Supreme Court for a status hearing on the charges – including unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
She could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Ponsetto’s lawyer told the judge that he is trying to ‘resolve’ the hate crime charge in the case within the next few months.
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