A business making the decision to lock up high-risk items, or items that tend to be shop-lifted enough to cause concern, is now considered to be a form of racism and discrimination.
This according to a California woman who has filed a lawsuit against retail giant Walmart.
Essie Grundy, represented by controversial lawyer Gloria Allred, held a press conference in which she told the harrowing tale of pain and suffering as she walked the aisles of her local Walmart, in Perris, California.
Flanked by Allred, her husband and one of her five children, Grundy explained what she saw when she walked down the beauty care aisle of the retail giant.
“When I walked down the aisle and saw that Walmart had placed all of the African American hair and skin products under lock and key, I had to pause. I had to step back. I was in shock. I realized that all the similar products for other races was freely available.”
We should probably pause here to mention that beauty products are used by all races, and that there is no “blacks-only section” that is segregated from the rest of the races just as there is no “whites-only section” for other products.
There are people who can be found, within all races, who benefit from hair extensions, hair relaxers, picks and combs. To suggest that there is a “blacks-only section” is a merely a reflection on the preconceived racial bias of the customer, not the store.
Secondly, as common sense would dictate, there are two types of items that retail stores put behind lock and key. These would be high value items, such as a laptop, weapons or high-shelf bottles of alcohol, or items that are frequently stolen.
Given that Grundy later complained about having to ask for permission to purchase a comb with a price-tag of less than one dollar, it stands to reason that the items in what she seems to think is the blacks-only section are frequently stolen.
Walmart is clearly only protecting its bottom line by ensuring that the items that thieves target more often than others are protected behind lock and key.
While reading from her prepared statement, Grundy said that this was something that she had to stand up for, and demanded that the store reverse its policy of locking up items that are statistically more likely to be stolen.
“I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it’s not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need.”
A spokesman for the company said that they take the situation very seriously, and that they “look forward to addressing it with the court.”