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Attention Wal-Mart Customers: 16-Year-Old Arrested for Racist Announcement

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS/AP) The boy who allegedly made the announcement, "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people leave the store now," was arrested Friday and released to his parents. He is charged with harassment and bias intimidation.

The 16-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because of his age, allegedly picked up one of the courtesy phones at a Wal-Mart in Washington Township, New Jersey, on March 14, and made the racist announcement that caused quite a bit of outrage in the store.

Following the announcement, a manager quickly went on the intercom system and apologized for the remark. However, customers expressed their anger to the store management.

Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said "We have updated our intercom system at this store to prevent this from happening again. We again apologize to all of our customers and associates who had to listen to something so offensive."

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