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Plainclothes takes a look behind the security cameras at a department store


It doesn’t quite ring true, but it’s still a successful work comedy.

The loss prevention office at Brady’s, a Michigan Avenue department store that looks and sounds a lot like Macy’s, has been catching and prosecuting a lot of BMYs (black male youths) lately, and the corporate headquarters is starting to catch wind of an what looks like a definite pattern. The staff, comprised mostly of people of color, is incredulous, but after a confrontation with a shoplifter becomes violent, the group of coworkers must examine their own practices, which inevitably leads to larger questions about the corporate and socioeconomic hierarchy of who gets to watch whom.…

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