AOL News (March 26) -- The New Jersey teenager who drew outrage by allegedly ordering black people to leave a Walmart this month is now accused of doing the same thing at the same store in December.
The 16-year-old, whose name is not being released because he's a minor, will be charged with two counts each of harassment and bias intimidation for the Dec. 28 incident at the Turnersville store, Washington Township police said.
The boy, from Atlantic County, was arrested after he allegedly got on the store's public address system March 14 and announced that "all the black people" should leave the store. Shoppers said the December incident was similar, according to reports.
The December incident was reported to Walmart officials. Police said they weren't notified about it until the store called this week.
A call by AOL News to the store seeking comment today was directed to Walmart's media relations office. The media office said it had no immediate comment.
Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP, said her organization alerted police and Walmart's corporate headquarters last week about the December case after receiving complaints, the Courier-Post reported. She was concerned that the issue wasn't taken seriously.
"Our concern is the insensitivity -- that someone would think something like this is a prank and not take it seriously," Winters told the South Jersey newspaper. "That's something that really should be addressed, something they have to look at in their training."
A Walmart spokeswoman said the company could not confirm a shopper's complaint about the earlier case at the time, the Courier-Post said.
The shopper, Mario Partee, wrote an e-mail to the Courier-Post, describing the December case. "It was the same message over the PA by a male in a very official-sounding voice, but no apology followed," said Partee, adding that he found a store manager's attitude to be "lax" after learning of what happened.
"This manager stated it was kids and that they were actively looking for them," Partee wrote.
"We all left upset, confused and disappointed," he said in the e-mail.
Walmart apologized to shoppers and employees after the episode earlier this month. The company also said it updated its public-address system to prevent unauthorized use.