Safeway — racial profiling
Store: Safeway Glenwood Springs Colorado
My son's doctor sent over a prescription to the Safeway store in Glenwood Springs Colorado on the 6th of Febuary 2018.
On getting to the pharmacy, the pharmacist told be the item was not available and he would have it ordered for me. He said I should come back to the pharmacy the next day at 1pm.
On 7th of Febuary 2018, on my way to the pharmacy I stopped over at Walmart store and bought a couple of items. I placed all this items under my baby stroller.
On getting to Safeway Pharmacy at 1pm, the pharmacist explained that the wrong product arrived so I should check another pharmacy.
On my way out of the pharmacy, my toddler son was making a fuss so I decided to buy him a toy. I went over to the baby section in the store and bought him two toy cars.
I went over to the tills to pay and the cashier kept giving me a funny look like she hasn't seen a black woman before.
I gave her my debit card to pay for the toys and when the transaction went through she held on to my card. I asked her if there was a problem and she rudely reply saying I should pay for the items in my baby stroller.
I politely told her that the items were not bought in Safeway but in Walmart.
She then went on to accuse me of theft saying I took items in the store without paying. She also told another cashier that I took items in the store.
I felt so embarressed and disgraced because there were other customers at the tills looking at me.
Luckily I had the receipts of all the items i bought in Walmart on me. So I showed the other cashier the receipts of all the items bought from Walmart.
The cashier that accused me of theft is called Sonia and I believe she judged me immediately based on my skin colour. She assumed that because I am a black woman so automatically I must me a theif.
I can't believe racism and racial profiling still occurs in this day and age in America. Nobody should be judged based on their skin colour, how they look or how they are dressed.
I want this incident officially investigated and I demand an official apology from the store.
Also the cashier called Sonia should be investigated so that she doesn't do this to someone else.
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