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Liquor store license suspended after claims of racism

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Multiple black customers at King's Liquor Store in Swedesboro, NJ, told police they were discriminated against. (Source: WTXF/FOX) Multiple black customers at King's Liquor Store in Swedesboro, NJ, told police they were discriminated against. (Source: WTXF/FOX)

SWEDESBORO, NJ (WTXF/FOX) - A liquor store's license was temporarily suspended after several customers claimed racism and discrimination.

Tyra Causey remembers the exact day she stopped by Kings Liquor Store last year. It was her anniversary, and she went to get a bottle of wine for her husband.

But she said never made it inside.

"I couldn't even get in the door," Causey said. "I came, I went to open the door. He locked the door, and I stood outside."

Causey, a retired Air Force master sergeant, said owner Mario Falciani locked her out of the store.

"I am standing there outside," she said. "I'm black, he locks the door. White patrons come up. He let them in."

Police reports allege similar behavior lodged against Kings Liquor.

In one incident a black customer reported he wanted to buy a soda, but Falciani suddenly refused service, saying "it's not for sale."

In another complaint, a black female said the owner called her an "f-ing N-word" and told her husband "I don't want your kind in the store."

"It's an odd experience," customer Larry Lero said. "You could easily hear him yell at somebody or yell at you if you say something."

Swedesboro officials responded by suspending Falciani's liquor license for 30 days. To keep it, he agreed to install video cameras for officials to review and to undergo sensitivity classes.

Falciani's brother, who is also his attorney, denied his brother is a racist and is misunderstood.

But he did confirm the store was closed indefinitely and is now up for sale.

"I don't have to serve this country to go into a store, but I happened to have done that," Causey said. "So I should be able to go into any store I want, and we all should. That's why we fight."

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