December 7, 2006
News 12 has received more complaints from people who say they have been harassed by security at the Augusta Mall.
In the latest incident, a father of three says he's been banned from the mall for three months, just because he was using his cell phone in the wrong place.
Several emails and phone calls have come into News 12 regarding people who say they've been mistreated and thrown out of the Augusta Mall.
Scott Seibert, a newcomer to the area and a father of three, says he is one of them.
"My kids and my family were standing there crying. It was just a total travesty," Scott said.
In October, Scott was with his family, including his three kids, and talking on his cell phone when mall security approached him.
"I was on my cell phone and a security guard came to my left and told me I had to go to my left and use a cell phone. I looked at him and started to walk away, and in about ten seconds sheriff's deputies swarmed me, taking my picture, and banned me from the mall."
A notice bans Scott from the Augusta Mall for three months, and says that he was disturbing the peace and being disruptive to an officer.
But Scott says no reason was given.
"There was no sign saying I had to go over there and use my cell phone. People stand there and window shop, I don't understand."
Scott says it's a situation that's getting out of hand...
"It's petty things they go after. I wasn't breaking the law, I wasn't stealing. I was there with my family on my cell phone."
Tonight at 6 o'clock there is a town hall meeting at B.L's restaurant on Laney Walker Boulevard.
Organizer Champ Walker says they will talk on issues like police brutality and mistreatment at the Augusta Mall.