SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — The screenwriter behind Hollywood animated hits “Puss in Boots” and “Hop” has taken aim at World Market after he said a store manager accused him of following women around.
Brian Lynch, 40, said he went to the retail store in Sherman Oaks on Sunday with his sister and 10-year-old adopted niece, who were visiting from New Jersey.
Lynch said while he was was watching the youngster in the candy aisle, a manager named “Summer” accused him of following women around and creeping them out.
The manager then asked Lynch to leave the store.
The writer took his outrage to Twitter, where he posted, “I was horrified. Made to look like some weird pervert at @worldmarket. I had no idea what Summer was talking about.”
He added, “I was loudly shamed, kicked out, and accused of something horrific in front of my 10 year old niece in @worldmarket. By the manager.”
Lynch said video cameras inside the store will show he did nothing wrong.
In a statement, World Market spokesperson Jill Osaka said, “We are speaking directly with Mr. Lynch about his experience at our Sherman Oaks store over the weekend. Cost Plus World Market prides itself on providing a welcoming shopping environment. We are taking steps to fully understand what occurred and will continue to work with Mr. Lynch.”
Lynch tweeted late Monday that World Market has since apologized, and the situation should be resolved by Tuesday.