Black Woman Sues Walmart for Product Segregation

Black Woman Sues Walmart for Product Segregation

Go to any store in the hood, and you will see products on lockdown.

In some inner city bodegas, patrons view the entirety of the stores’ selection from behind bullet-proof Plexiglas. 

Stores don’t do this in order to humiliate blacks. They do this for their own protection. But that protection is being challenged.

We reported on a store in a black neighborhood that was forced to remove the Plexiglas, because a city councilwoman called the wall discriminatory.

Now we have another case,

As reported by Newsweek,

A southern California woman filed a lawsuit against Walmart on Friday, alleging racial discrimination after she found that her local store was keeping beauty products marketed toward black shoppers in locked cases, separated from other products.

Essie Grundy, who is represented by women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, said that she was told the policy of “segregated” beauty products at the Perris, California location was a directive from corporate headquarters. In a press conference, Allred said that store employees told Grundy that she would need to be “escorted” to the cash register with the products to pay for them.

“It perpetuates a racial stereotype that African Americans are thieves,” said Allred.

Can you imagine how Walmart came to this decision?

First, black Leftists were stealing these products. And second, in today’s politically correct climate, you can bet Walmart saw this action as a last resort.

Instead of understanding why Walmart protects these products, Grundy has made their actions racist:

Grundy, a mother of five, said that she was not allowed to touch the lotion she picked out until she had purchased it, making her feel like a “criminal.” She said she was buying a comb that cost $0.48, and didn’t understand why that item was locked away while other non-African American products that were more expensive were not.

Allred did not specify the damages that Grundy is seeking, but the lawsuit demands that the practice be stopped immediately.

And her research didn’t end at one Walmart. She decided to see how things went at other locations.

Grundy said that she visited two other nearby locations and found varying, but similar circumstances. Cosmetics for black shoppers were under additional surveillance with security cameras, while products marketed towards other ethnicities were not, she recalled. Videos and pictures circulated on social media after the news conference show that the locked boxes are a feature in many locations across the country.

Yes, and there is a reason why. Black Leftists are the biggest thieves in the country.

Retailers protect themselves from what they deem “shrinkage”, another word for theft. Though a large portion of theft is internal, shoplifting represents a big part of the bottom line. Thus the loss prevention measures are necessary and vary

Walmart responded to the allegations, saying that the company does not accept racial discrimination of any kind.

“We’re sensitive to this situation and also understand, like other retailers, that some products such as electronics, automotive, cosmetics and other personal care products are subject to additional security,” said the company in a statement to Newsweek. “Those determinations are made on a store-by-store basis using data supporting the need for the heightened measures. While we’ve yet to review a complaint, we take this situation seriously and look forward to addressing it with the court.”

In the days of sophisticated loss prevention models, Walmart bases its decisions on transaction data.

Without going into boring detail, I will say that retailers like Walmart represent the most sophisticated in loss prevention. So if inventory doesn’t match sales data, stores check the discrepancies. Surveillance and other measures are used, and remedies implemented.

Grundy exacerbates the problem. Instead of blaming the real culprits, Grundy blames the retailer. Walmart makes a good David versus Goliath story. Black people want equal access to “black” products as everybody else, right? But when they have access, they steal.

You can bet that Grundy didn’t ask Walmart why the products were locked away. She didn’t ask for data or any reason that Walmart would lock “black” products away. She jumped to the conclusion, that a retailer who offers products for blacks doesn’t want to sell them to blacks. Worse yet, Grundy wants the public to believe that Walmart is in the business of humiliating black shoppers.

Walmart has no responsibility to cater to blacks by allowing them to steal at will. In fact, Walmart has the responsibility to its shareholder to do exactly as they have done.

Personally, I hope Walmart stops selling “black” products, so people like Essie can appreciate the service their store offers. Go back to buying black hair products from the Koreans who have stores in black neighborhoods.


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