January 25, 2024 – 00:03
A 61-year-old man has sued two US supermarket chains for $10 million after a facial recognition system mistakenly identified him as the perpetrator of several store robberies, he wrote. Interested in trade.
The story began in 2022, when two armed criminals robbed a Sunglass Hut store in Texas. Together with Macy's, a supplier partner that also runs the stores, the company began examining footage of the robbery, and with the help of their facial recognition system, they determined that the 61-year-old had committed the robbery. According to the system, he was also responsible for the robbery of the former Macy's store.
There was just one problem: the man happened to be in California during the robbery, more than 3,000 kilometers away from the events. After returning to Texas, he went to renew his driver's license, and the police arrested him. The 61-year-old was later released after it was revealed he was in a California prison at the time of the robbery, but claims he suffered permanent damage during his time in captivity.
After he was arrested by the police, he was allegedly beaten and raped by his prison comrades. He is now suing Macy's, the parent company of Sunglass Hut, and three other people who participated in his misidentification, for $10 million (about 3.5 billion Hungarian forints) for the physical and mental damages he suffered in this way.