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'That’s Why They Have Babies,' White Store Worker Says About Black Customer Using WIC

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

 It looks like Starbucks isn't the only corporation that needs to teach its employees how NOT to be racist. In a disturbing event a woman at an Albertsons in Gresham Oregon, took to Facebook to share her mother's story of a racist and classist event that happened. 

Jackie Carroll, a white woman, was standing in line when she noticed there was a problem with the women checking out in front of her. The woman, who was African-American, came up a little short on her bill. Hey, it happens to the best of us, right? It was a fairly small amount, $12, so Carroll offered to pay, because that's what people do for each other in a kind society.  

Well, the clerk, a white woman named Debbie, was having none of it. Stepping way outside her lane, Debbie refused the $12 because the African-American customer was using WIC, a food stamp program specifically for women with infants and children. According to Carroll:

I said, ‘I will pay,’ and she said, ‘No!’ very abruptly. Literally, she raised her voice and said, ‘No, you don’t need to do that.