Maxigate: A CVS employee and a menstrual pad make for a wild lawsuit

About a year ago, pharmacy chain CVS and its Pembroke Pines employee Lisa Conteh were named in one of South Florida's most bizarre lawsuits. Outlets from MSNBC to Univision reported that Conteh was accused of accosting and trapping a 13-year-old girl in the pharmacy's bathroom — and then forcing her to prove she didn't steal a sanitary pad by showing Conteh the one she was wearing.

But now deposition in the ongoing trial suggests that Conteh didn't force the girl to expose herself after all. According to the girl, male police officers did. Conteh, meanwhile, claims the false accusation is ruining her life.

The teenager's Miami-based attorney, Spencer Aronfeld, stands by his client's claim that she was accosted by Conteh — —but admits the suit has been bruising for both sides. "It's World War III," Aronfeld says. "It's a 13-year-old girl against the eighth largest corporation in America."

The girl, who is unnamed because she's a minor, and her mother filed suit in April 2010. The complaint claimed that Conteh, a cashier, "assaulted" the girl and "dragged her" into the bathroom. News reports citing Aronfeld claim that, as NBC Miami put it, the employee forced the girl "to take off the pad she was wearing and show it to Conteh."

But in a December 2011 deposition, the girl contradicted that account. Asked if it was a "misstatement" that a CVS employee made her show her pad, the girl answered simply: "Yes." When CVS's and Conteh's attorney, Aleida Mielke, asked, "It was the police that asked you to show your pad, right?" the girl again answered, "Yes."

In an interview with Riptide, the girl — who says she's been traumatized by the experience — clarified: "A police officer said to go into the bathroom to take off my pad. He kept telling my mom: 'Your daughter's a thief!'"

Conteh could not be reached at the CVS where she apparently still works. But her attorneys are hoping to throw out the case, declaring that "Lisa has been falsely accused and maligned in the local and national media."

 
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dfg saef
dfg saef

She should sew the teenagers law firm. As this is slander etc at this point. The teenager should be charged with "PERJURY"! I hope Lisa Conteh does not face any charges. I also hope she turns around and sues CVS for wrongfully firing her!

Lisa: If you are reading this. You can make your life better if you make the ones that wronged you, pay for it.

beercrabs
beercrabs

I'd sue too if I had to endure being patted down by the police...scum...

just a child, poor thing.....

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