Burger King sued by homeless Boston man

Burger King is the defendant in a suit filed by a homeless man jailed for three months after what turned out to be a real $10 bill flagged as counterfeit by a cashier, according to the Associated Press in U.S. News & World Report. Emory Ellis, who lives on the streets of Boston, claims he was wrongfully accused of trying to use counterfeit cash at Burger King, which led to his imprisonment on a probation violation. 

After three months in jail, prosecutors dropped that charge after authorities determined the bill was indeed the real thing, but Ellis claims in his suit the whole situation occurred as a result of discrimination because he is a homeless black man. 

The incident occurred in 2015, the report said. Burger King has not responded to a request for comment. 

Topics: Legal Issues

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