A California woman is suing Walmart for what she believes to be a racist practice. Essie Grundy was shopping at her local Walmart when she noticed that only certain products were locked behind glass. Grundy said she spoke with manager of the store about the policy and asked that it be changed, but the request was refused.
Grundy said in a press conference she held with lawyer Gloria Allred:
I noticed all of the African American products was locked up under lock and key.
Grundy recorded the incident on her phone, later posting it online and sparking a firestorm of debate on Twitter.
Walmart released a statement in response to the allegations.
Some Twitter users agreed with Grundy that the practice was targeted and discriminatory.
She's 💯 correct!! That video says it all!! Shame on you Walmart!!— LADY LAURA 🌊 (@rylie217) January 29, 2018
They could at least throw in a few other products to not make it so obvious— Jean O'tunde (@NanaaBaah) January 29, 2018
What is the point of locking them up anyways?! Terrible idea. It’s very clear that they aren’t worried about a person with curly hair stealing, as other brands have curly hair items and they aren’t being locked up...— crystal flowers (@_crystalcactus_) January 29, 2018
Exactly! Lock up all of the hair care products. Don’t discriminate.— Latoya Malone 🛍🎀 (@toyam790) January 29, 2018
“All black people steal stuff so let’s lock up their products, we don’t have to worry about the products for everyone else because we’re all innocent and none of us steal” that’s probably what went through the mind of whoever is was that decided to lock up those specific products— Sister Abby • WDW (@ToweringMemes) January 29, 2018
Though many other believed the allegations were frivolous.
And many agreed with Walmart's reasoning behind locking up specific products.
Well if it keeps disappearing they have to do something. That in no way is saying who is steeling it. So what is she saying?— William Phillips (@wephillips89) January 28, 2018
I have seen a local Walgreens literally close it’s doors forever after decades because of high crime. The locked glass doors didn’t even help. Mostly personal hygiene items were stolen. Walmart has the data to back up its loss control measures.— fried green apples (@pandaexpanda18) January 28, 2018
Its probably because they can document that whatever the items are, have a high rate of theft...— Curtis Haugen (@CurtisHaugen1) January 28, 2018
Doesn't have anything to do with race, they (stores)
Know what is likely to be stolen...
If that product shows a higher theft rate they will lock it up. Period— Jason Parks (@jasonparks269) January 28, 2018
I was in retail for years. You use theft prevention only on what items are being stolen often, not on who buys them.— JonseyMom (@recruiterdeb) January 28, 2018
Either way, this should be one case worth following.