This woman claims that Walmart locks up products aimed at people of color — and now she is suing for racial discrimination. Essie Grundy was busy shopping at a southern California Walmart, which she had been to several times. That’s when she noticed that only the cosmetics marketed to African Americans were locked in anti-theft casing. When she went to buy a comb, she says she had to ask for the case to be unlocked. She them claims an employee said he would have to take the item to the register so she could pay for it before taking it.
“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 was in shock.” Grundy said at a news conference.
Not she’s asking Walmart to change their policy, pay her lawyer fees and cover $4,000 in damages. She’s currently being represented by Women’s Rights attorney Gloria Allred.
When asked for a statement, Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson stated, “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.”