Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was just stopped at a Woolworths in Australia for shoplifting. The husband of diver Tom Daley is outraged over how he was treated at the supermarket chain location, taking to social media to vent. Here’s what we know about the Dustin Lance Black shoplifting incident.
Black first tweeted about the ordeal “OMG! Was just stopped & accused of shoplifting @woolworths in the Gold Coast! ?Then out of countless folks with bags a search was demanded of mine. Thanks for the warm welcome to #AUSTRALIA @woolworths! Respect customers’ privacy much? Shame.”
In another tweet, he continued, “So targeting & treating people as criminals for absolutely no reason & w/ no explanation (even when asked), chasing them down as they leave the store (after having made a purchase) & accusing them of a crime is the norm in AU or just @woolworths? ? Vile way to treat people.”
In a subsequent tweet responding to a fan’s question, Black answered that he got no apology. “Just an accusatory zombielike look in their eyes,” he said. “So I just got a refund for the drink I’d just PURCHASED and went elsewhere. So silly. Tourists be warned!”
We aren’t sure this Dustin Lance Black shoplifting ordeal is as big a travesty as the screenwriter makes it seem. Maybe there’s another piece of the puzzle he’s forgetting to mention, since he considers his “privacy” invaded. Was he shopping for lube? Maybe he’d picked up two pints of Sea Salt Caramel Talenti gelato for a late-night sugar binge and is embarrassed about his empty-calorie eating habits.
Either way, people get stopped by accident every day for shoplifting, so just because one happens to be semi-famous doesn’t mean he’ll be immune to mistakes while out shopping.
Woolworths hasn’t yet responded to Daily Mail Australia’s request for a comment.
Dustin Lance Black is best known for writing the screenplay for the film Milk, based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. He won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 film.
Black is currently in Australia accompanying his husband, Tom Daley, who is competing in the Commonwealth Games, an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. Daley is a three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, specializing in the 10m dive. His bid for a third-successive gold medal in the individual 10m platform on the Gold Coast ended prematurely when he suffered a hip injury. He will still compete in the synchronized 10m platform this Friday, where the dives are considered less dangerous.