It's 2016, but a black man can't talk to a white woman in a coffee shop without someone assuming he's a pimp.
Mactar Mbaye, a 23-year-old entrepreneur in Quebec, arranged to meet a woman at a Tim Hortons in Laval who applied for a job at his company.
A short time after he started interviewing her, two police officers approached and asked to speak with Mbaye. Two more officers joined them soon after, according to Global News.
Mbaye told CTV Montreal he was "shocked" but went with them.
"What happened right now is because you're black. If you were a white, I don't think we would get the same call."
Laval police had received a 911 call about a young black man trying to recruit a young white female for "most probably prostitution," Const. Franco di Genova told Global.
“With all the events that happened with the youth centre here in Laval we didn’t take a chance."
Earlier this month, five girls ran away from a Laval group home, who were likely targeted by a prostitution ring, reported CBC.
No 'anger against the police'
Mbaye runs a construction estimation company that has no office, since most of the business can be done online, reported CTV Montreal.
He said he understands police were simply doing their due diligence in following up with a 911 call.
“I don't have any anger against the police — it's against the person who called just because I was black she thought I was a pimp."
He told Montreal's CJAD 800 that one of the officers told him, "What happened right now is because you're black. If you were a white, I don't think we would get the same call."
Mbaye spoke about his experience in a video he posted on Facebook.
In a follow-up, he said he was amazed at how many people reached out to him with similar experiences.
Mbaye said he wants to warn people that racial discrimination is still everywhere, and profiling can affect them too.
The female applicant ended up accepting a job with Mbaye's company, said CJAD.
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