Racism At Store #62
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- My name is LaRonda, and I work for a corporation that provides services to Mentally Challenged Adults. I work in a management position, and was given $1,300 in Meijers gifts cards, to do start up shopping for 2 new consumers. On October 27, 2008, I went to store #62, and purchased a significant amount of merchandise. I had two carts loaded with needed items for my 2 new consumers. I knew I had not completed the shopping however I'm only one person, and had two carts, so I decided to check out.
I must include, I was followed around the store during my 2 hour shopping trip, however I understood that. Back at the consumers home, I put away the belongings, and headed back to Meijers, to complete the shopping. I spent another 11/2 hours, shopping, and being followed around the store. Upon checking out, once the receipt printed, this Barbie doll looking woman, came to me and said "may I see your Identification", I ask her for what. She didn't respond. She then ask me to give her my receipt, to which I asked why, she explained " I received an alert from my office", she went on to look at my receipt and ask me "why are you spending gift cards to purchase gift cards", I told her come on woman, your harassing me, you have my receipt in hand, and you look like an intelligent woman, no where on that receipt does it show, that I'm using gift cards to buy gift cards".
She then ask me to see the credit card with which I purchased the gift cards. I told her "hell no' I said you are harassing me because I'm black and spent $1,100 dollars at this store, this is absurd. She at that point said I'm not harassing you, as you have done nothing wrong. I responded, "then why the hell are you in front of me demanding to see my Identification, the receipt, and the credit card" once again, she replied " I got an alert from my office" I took my items and left, feeling much like a criminal, as other shoppers had stopped to look at this woman's demands on me.
I feel if I were a white woman, who shopped at Meijers and spent $1,100 dollars, I would have walked out of the door with no problems. One employee who worked their also ask me was I a career shopper. I was totally harassed throughout my time spent at Meijers, as one associate came to me while I was shopping to ask me was I interested in purchasing some Meijers photos. I told her no, however I did ask to be directed to the floral department. This particular Meijers is close to the neighborhood in which I live, as I am a home owner who owns a home in Forest Park. Because of my ties to this community in which I'm very active, I have decided to raise awareness to the black community in regards to shopping at Meijers store # 62.
I have also e-mailed channel 4,6, and 10 in regard to this senseless act of being black while shopping at Meijers. This should not be allowed to happen to any other African American, and as I long as I have breath in me, I'm going to make damn sure it doesn't happen again.