Essie Grundy

Walmart has a huge shoplifting problem. Shoppers are walking off with black hair care products without paying for them. One Los Angeles store is combating the theft problem by locking up black hair care products in a glass cabinet.

But one shopper is crying foul. Essie Grundy says she is being discriminated against based on the color of her skin. She retained celebrity attorney Gloria Allred to represent her in a discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant.

Grundy claims she was discriminated against at a Walmart location in Perris, Calif. on Jan. 12.

The single mother of five says she is offended that only black hair care products are locked behind glass.

"It was something I had to stand up for," she said. "I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it's not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need."

Grundy said she inquired about the products and she was told by an employee that she would have to make a purchase before she could have the item.

She said she felt like a "criminal", as other shoppers noticed her being escorted to the cashier to pay for a $0.48 comb before she could hold it.

Grundy said she wondered why she wasn't allowed to hold such an inexpensive item.

Walmart replied to NBC Los Angeles with a statement, saying: "We serve more than 140 million customers weekly, crossing all demographics, and are focused on meeting their needs while providing the best shopping experience at each store."

The retail giant added:

"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. Those determinations are made on a store-by-store basis using data supporting the need for the heightened measures. While we’ve yet to review a complaint, we take this situation seriously and look forward to addressing it with the court."

  • Browneyes

    Tell her cousins to stop stealing and the locks will come off. It has nothing to do with race

  • deadellamore

    if you are going to lock one group of hair care products then lock all of them up. They now blacks are the only ones purchasing these products. Do better Walmart!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    hhhmmmmm, let me process THIS process BEFORE I comment...I'll be back (going to take a lil' fieldtrip to my local WM)

  • Diva_woman

    I swear I hate this stuff. I did my masters at a school in a small predominantly white town (maybe 0.5% black). I went to the store one day and saw the Pantene for women of color locked up. Now I can’t imagine that the 0.5% pop was doing that much damage where they needed to lock that up. It’s that implicit bias bc I’m sure other things are being stolen from that Walmart but they’re targeting the blacks. Smh

  • Ms.Vanilla

    If the products designed for blacks are the ones losing the most profit then it would make sense to lock them up. I would too if I owned a store. Whatever product is stolen most often, those are the ones I'm going to protect. Has nothing to do with discrimination.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    hmmmmmm...i was trying real hard not to have this opinion. BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT er-rumm

  • Nathan Hastings

    The Wal-Mart near me locks up some of the pet products and birth control but not the ethnic items.

  • Browneyes

    Same thing at Walgreens. Tide is locked up because people steal it. No other laundry product is locked up

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    they take the pods right out the container...you get home and it's only 18 pods in your 32 count container. A real WTF moment

  • free

    i was trying to figure out the last time i saw locked products and i believe you're right--it's birth control stuff.

  • Kanyade

    Hmm... I see it twofold. Walmart has the right to lock up whatever they want from perfumes and jewelry to clothespins and hair combs. On the flip, if theft is that bad, Walmart probably needs to work on their assets protection and have their "staff" 1. prioritize what needs to be better surveilled and 2. surveil those higher priority items.

    Also, are they (Walmart) really losing "that" much money from the theft of Dark & Lovely and Carol's Daughter?

  • You Could Never

    All of the shaving products are locked up in all Walmarts I have ever gone to. Never seen the black hair stuff locked up. But maybe they are discrim. against gender by the shaving products being locked up? The hairy ass folks? IDK.

  • Kanyade

    I've seen the shaving stuff locked up too. However, lately I've noticed that Walmart has begun to tag items, even something as small as mascara hanging on a peg. They've got these yellow tags that have to be removed at checkout. Again, I think this particular Walmart probably needs to update their security. The Walmart stores where I've seen the yellow tags, are newer stores.

  • Ni Ni

    I hate when i go to dollar general and all the soap & medicine is under a case and music starts playing if you keep the lid up too long. One grocery store used to lock up their steaks. It's a shame, but folks ought to stop stealing shyt. That's one reason everything is going online, stealing.

  • Rayne

    Ive never experienced this. The two Walmart’s I go to nothing is behind glass nor is anything locked up. ?

  • iWasteTime

    How is the number of kids she has, relevant to this story??
    I've never seen that ( locked up ethnic hair products) at any store but I'm tired of having to produce 8 forms of ID for my Walgreen's brand decongestant

  • Rayne

    Girl the dollar general tho. Wow!

  • You Could Never

    They asked me FOR MY SSN. I was like fukk yall. I will go fight this cold over at the Family Dollar. Like...?

  • iWasteTime

    It is to the extreme for y'all I know.
    They scan my ID, I have to sign the pop up!
    My nose is running !!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "How is the number of kids she has, relevant to this story??"

    It is relevant because a mother of 5 needs a lot of hair care products.

  • You Could Never

    What @iWasteTime:disqus said. Why are her children being brung up? hmmm?
    Good catch btw.

  • free

    i have three in my area and none are locked up.

  • You Could Never

    She could have all sons.

  • Kanyade

    But Blue Magic only costs like 1.75 cents...

  • cpatterson_22

    I guess all those cameras on each isle with signs reading you're being recorded weren't working

  • iWasteTime

    All sons.
    3 boys and 2 girls and the oldest girl on her own, etc etc

  • Diva4lyfe

    At my Walmart it is not locked up but they do have a camera right over the products but no camera anywhere else.

  • Renee26

    Lock up all the beauty products... hair care, makeup, soap, and smell goods....yt pepo steal too

  • Kanyade

    Yeah. I feel like this Walmart needs to chill and reevaluate their security. But if they are blatantly targeting black folks..... While they watching theft on black products, I'm sure the products for white folks are flying out the door...not paid for. LOL Again, it's cool the woman brings light to this, but I hope she isn't seeking $$$ damages, but just a request for change in how this store operates.

  • Soda

    I once thought that we had an itchy coochie problem in our area because the drugstore I shopped at had the Monistat & similar products security tagged and wrapped in tape. I learned from YouTube that "certain" women were using it for hair growth so it was constantly stolen.

  • Kanyade

    Basically. But to "some" only certain groups of people steal.

    Honestly since not all Walmarts do this (as evidenced in the comments below), it comes down to the manager of the store and its district.

    The woman could boycott this Walmart. Target has haircare items for Black folk. Stick it to Walmart where it hurts...they're pockets. Meh.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???

  • Soda

    If Gloria's involved, they want money. Hope it's a class action so that we all get at least a dollar.

  • Kanyade

    LOL. It's Walmart. We ain't (she ain't) getting nothin'. They hold tight to a coin. They'll spend money redesigning their security or taking down the cases, before they give money.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    She ain't lying. I been said this. There are about 5 or 6 Walmarts here. The two in the predominantly parts of town lock up all the black hair care products. The one in the Hispanic part of town don't lock up nothing, but they also don't clean the store either. And the others are in the mostly white part of town, everything is wide open and clean, but they don't carry hardly any ethnic hair care products.

    The Mrs sent me get shampoo and conditioner and although it wasn't in a glass cage, they were each in a plastic box that had to be opened at the register. Also locked up were the Shea Moisture beard products. Yet, all the expensive ass razors and such was just wide open. Took me about 20 at checkout for the cashier to find somebody to open them 3 boxes.

  • Dowoop

    LMAO...Are you serious. I wonder how they discovered that it made hair grow?

  • Kanyade

    "The one in the Hispanic part of town don't lock up nothing, but they also don't clean the store either."
    -------------
    LOL

    That not-cleaning thing is definitely a reflection of the manager not managing (not caring) about the appearance of the store.

  • stevetheque

    They are going to laugh this dummy out of court! It's called loss mitigation! I'm pretty sure if this dummy owned a store and certain products were walking out of store she would protect her investment. We have all been in the barbershop or salon, when the boosters come a calling!! Give her a comb, pick and Murray's and call it a day! You get nothing!!

  • Torae

    Eww I refuse to shop at Walmart. I come out feeling dirty and itchy. I’ve never been to a clean Walmart. Also black hair care is very expensive. I just stick to a conditioner, an Oil, moisturizer, and ecostyler gel for my natural hair. And I’m not about to pay over 10 for one product...not going to happen...

  • Soda

    Then you have to worry about people stealing your delivered package. I saw a video of a woman who broke her leg returning to the car after stealing a package. The driver picked her up & carried her to the car, then went back and got the package!

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    What's funny is how they lock up all that shyt, but I always see Sandy and Bubba stealing in the self check out. They will smooth ring up a family size pack of steaks as Roma tomatoes in a minute.

    My nerves ain't strong enough. Just my luck, I'd have to explain to my kids why daddy is downtown over a pack of meat.

  • mona q

    I really don't see the big deal with this. If theft wasn't a problem then they would not need to lock the items up. Having worked at Wal-Mart myself and my husband being a manager, years ago, I know that it is management's call to do this. Especially if the 'shrinkage' from these items is hurting the revenue numbers at the store. The managers get bonuses based on these numbers. They also lock up formula, because it gets stolen but I don't see any mothers suing them. Some things are just not discrimination. I'm interested to see where this goes.

  • mona q

    Now see this comment makes me re-think my stance on this.

  • Dowoop

    The Walmart by my house have a camera over the shampoo section (which is not the ethnic section) and no where else. It gives my kids something to play with while i browse. Im not stealing but if it will keep prices down then be my guest.

  • my view

    Here too.

  • tintin

    it's f**ked up but we all know those black hair products are getting stolen the most by our people and white girls ain't taking them, and white hair products aren't stolen cause they're only 2.97. What's messed up is they said there was a 0.47 comb locked up. That's tew much. Black hair products are damn expensive.

    Every race will steal formula though. The shelves in my walmart stay empty. I seen a black sister cleaning up the rack once. I was ashamed but hey maybe she has it hard. So i leave it alone, mind my business.

    But Asians are the biggest shoplifters. They forever thieving from stores. They arrested a Chinese woman and her husband in Toronto , had the biggest theft ring. They had a mini ass drug store in the basement of their home.they set it up with aisles and everything. It was set up just like a drug store. They were boosting every store it the city

  • tintin

    All the monistat and Canesten in our stores says behind with the pharmacists. that and PLan B

    sorry how does inserting suppository in our coochie help you grow hair?? what in the hell. i never heard this one.

  • Waya Hedia

    " And the others are in the mostly white part of town, everything is wide open and clean,"

    Gosh.. why do you think that is?

  • Blak

    Just needed to see the "single mother of 5" to tell me this is bs and attention seeking from a woman who can most likely couldn't afford that 48 cent comb and wanted to boost it anyway

  • Victor Nathan

    so when they lock up jewelry,video games and razors, who are they discriminating against??

  • Waya Hedia

    Yeah.. not buying $.50 combs is gonna kill them. Much more than having them stolen! lol

  • Waya Hedia

    They're not targeting anyone.. that's silly. They're responding to black people targeting them for theft.

  • tintin

    overall, i need to sue someone cause look how easily she can open a lawsuit regarding this and i'm sure every black woman that attended this store felt the same way. she's gonna get paid for what everyone been complaining about

    overall stop supporting Walmart.

  • Dowoop

    Thieves

  • Vegas1989

    And that's why we have to ask for ketchup, straw and napkins at Mickey D's because they will put them in their bags...LOL...That's why they have a sign that reads, "Ask the cashier for condiments...LOL..

  • 88

    The single mother of five
    _____________________________

  • Dowoop

    bloop

  • Ni Ni

    Lmao, so true. I was at my mom's the day. My dad drove by and called and told me i better get that package off the porch before somebody steals it. Sorry azz UPS didn't even ring the doorbell..just dropped the package off.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    She should sue. Bastids.

  • stevetheque

    When Wal-Mart's drops the product line she will be back at Sally's with the Korean lady peaking from the next aisle acting like she is doing inventory. Be careful what you wish for!

  • tintin

    Hahaahahaa. ???????

  • Dowoop

    I agree, black hair products are wayyy to expensive.

  • justlooking

    Folks used decongestant to make meth.

  • Dowoop

    Or they just dont scan it all, id be sweating bullets and give myself away if i tried that shit.

  • Noirluv45

    You know what someone told me. They have a friend and his mother who walked into a Walmart and stole two tents. They just walked out the store all willy nilly. They were WHITE. This is how stupid they are. They are so busy looking at Black folks as criminals and the White ones are stealing them blind. That's what they get!

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Walmart needs to be shut down. The mega store has hindered so many business and super markets. The customer service is terrible and how they treat customers and employees is even worse.

  • iWasteTime

    Once you catch them looking and following, put them to work!
    I do that EVERYTIME!
    You work here? Good, I need tail combs, vitamin C oil etc etc and I'll follow you
    They be MAD!!

  • stevetheque

    Sue them for what?

  • iWasteTime

    I know but I want ONE box!!!

  • stevetheque

    They quickly try to scurry away!! Lol Then pretend to not know English

  • Noirluv45

    I hate Walmart and try to avoid it like the plague.

  • Dowoop

    Thats why i request a signature on everything getting delivered. The f*cker better stand there until i come to the door or fill out a damn card and leave at my door and ill pick it up at the depot. DOnt just leave my shit at the door.

  • justlooking

    Near my office located
    locked up

    Body Wash
    Deordant
    baby formula,
    Monistat, When I seen the monistat I died!!!!!!! (get how are folks suppose to thier hair to grow. @realsandrarose:disqus. Remember that folks was posting it made their hair grow.

  • Dowoop

    Then only buy one thing from the 50 things you asked for. Make her ass put all of them back.

  • StoneColdLady

    Stop stealing

  • justlooking

    I wrote a letter them. I live between three of them in 15 mile radius. They pop up like 7eleven. The one in the high percentage of black neighbor hood. They HAD someone checking all receipts I complained. I went back 6 months later...It was just a little old black lady saying take care now.

  • Kanyade

    In my neck of the woods, Aldi is taking over for the nine-nine and the two thousand. We've had new Walmarts pop up and nearby, sometimes adjacent, there's a new Aldi. Also, Family Dollar is dropping gems of stores in smaller communities not within the city limits. Basically, both stores are in direct competition to Wally World. At least here. And I think that's a good thing.And with all the SAMs closings, I feel like folks are wanting the old school grocery stores or smaller neighborhood market type stores. Maybe the time of the megastore is nearing its end (super Walmarts and super Targets).

  • Renee26

    I took a PT job working customer service last year and called out a yt male thief for stealing....check this out. I handed him the liquor (kept locked up) and when he came to the register he put everything except that bottle on the counter. I called him out and the manger looked at me like I was crazy... talking about "he's a regular customer"....I said "well just know your regular customer steals" and rolled my eyes...I never saw that man again.

  • justlooking

    She said she felt like a “criminal”, as other shoppers noticed her being escorted to the cashier to pay for a $0.48 comb before she could hold it.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    That's ridiculous.... 48 damn cents.

  • Renee26

    Lmao....I just drop everything I have in my hands right where I am and walk outta the store

  • Renee26

    She's trying to...but won't win anything

  • tintin

    I have a friend who buys the cheap liquid detergent for $5.97 and buys the $20 Tide liquid detergent. Empty out the cheap detergent, put the tide in the cheap container., Put the Cheap liquid in the tide container and return the tide with the cheap liquid to the grocery store for a refund. i was in shock at this... i thought it was crazy. I said to her don't ever tell anyone this.

    She said Tide is the only one that gets the stains out and she cant afford that expensive sh*t. I have no time for that.

    but one things for sure, she definitely has me smelling my detergent 10 out of 10 times now to make sure I'm buying what i pay for. Many people out here washing their clothes with Purex thinking it was their expensive Tide.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    No case here...moving along.

  • Kanyade

    Wow. Does she do couponing? Perhaps that would help the costs of "real" Tide.

  • Dowoop

    You brave. If i worked there, they could steal all they want. Some of these people crazy.

  • tintin

    coupons only save you a max of $2.50,we can't use multiple coupons in Canada, it's one coupon per product, Tide is not cheap and it really is the best detergent.

  • Soda
  • Noirluv45

    Renee, you see how stupid they are! "He's a regular customer" so he can't possibly be a thief. SMH. I hope what followed that conversation was a "Thank you for letting us know."

  • Renee26

    Well they aren't locking up all of the hair care products...only the ones used by blacks..so yeah that IS called discrimination...if they locked up all hair care there would be no issue

  • You Could Never

    im back to regular ole shampoo and condish and some Blue Magic out in these streets my ownself... and yes Ecostyler. I made a vow to use up wtf I got already and not buy no moe.

  • Anunnaki

    "The single mother of five says"

    What was the reason for this?

    Maybe u should post this on a black all male site to see why she single with 5 kids. There's a man somewhere, that mated with her

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Cvs does the same thing. Depending on the area, ppl steal then more. Y is she offended bc Walmart don’t want to lose money

  • Guest

    They usually lock up the stuff that get stolen the most. I noticed they lock up baby formula where I live and where whyte people live they lock up the air soft guns.

  • Renee26

    Blue Magic will never go outta circulation...had a client with thick long hair down her back and that's the only product she used

  • Smith Jane

    Yup. This isn’t discrimination. I’ve seen soap and lotions locked up too.

  • Renee26

    Naw, they acted like I was mistaken

  • Smith Jane

    Lmao

  • Guest

    Don’t blame you they k!ll local businesses and $vck communities dry. Then they close up shop and do it all over again while leaving behind closed up businesses and eye sores. Walmart got fema on their side as well.

  • Smith Jane

    Cold asf ?

  • Renee26

    I handed him the drank...I was not about to go down with his bum ass...I won't chase anybody down or try to stop them from leaving but I will call them out

  • You Could Never

    This. I was like when was the point in my life my hair was the healthiest? My Blue Magic and Cholesterol condish days lol. And Sulfur 8 Light when I am having a scalp situation lol.

  • Victor Nathan

    maybe her supply chain has slowed down

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, that's one of the reasons I don't like them. They messed up the mom and pop stores and ran them out of business. Hmph, those big corporations get away with a lot of dirtiness.

  • Guest

    Exactly. They also lock up body spray as well. Target do the same thing.

  • Noirluv45

    That figures.

  • Smith Jane

    Monistat?!?? ? smdh too damn much... when is it ever that serious?!?

  • Renee26

    Swear! And some Sta So Fro or curl activator for the afro works just fine

  • Dowoop

    My sister does that shit all the time. Have them bring it all to the register for her then when she goes to pay only buys like a nose ring or something.

  • Guest

    A lot. They are super greedy. Paying their workers pennies.

  • Dowoop

    These "managers" are in on it sometimes. Pbly stealing for the two of them. When i used to work at Sears this lady had all her fiends come pay at her register. She be ringing in random items. People noticed when all the other cashiers were empty and she had a long ass line though.

  • Post Nbn

    I'm willing to bet its more than one man

  • Renee26

    I would have needed to speak with the manager because Pantene has a whole damn wall of products...they single out the 4 brown bottles it's a problem....also I noticed that the brown bottle USED to say relaxed & natural....the last bottle I bought just says relaxed now

  • iWasteTime

    try it!
    I used to be mad too, have them up on the stool, just to say I don't want it or it's not what I thought it was!! .. lol

  • Kayke

    Because she can't steal anymore.

  • Renee26

    Hmmmm, now I have to check

  • You Could Never

    Thought I was gonna have to big chop agane.

  • Lol

    I bet she live on the dole. The whole nine yards. Housing, cash, medical, food and childcare even though she doesn’t have a job or want a job. She need to steal some rubbers.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    I despise Walmart... Target for me.

  • shun king

    i wonder why they lay up with some many different guys one guy got it and he gone another got it he go too but they just keep on and on letting these guys have their way with them

  • Anunnaki

    Maybe, dont know

  • Soda

    I think they apply the cream to their scalps.

  • Kayke

    Well, we don't know how many men mated with her.....but we know for certain she mated and got pregnant without commitment 5 times. The key to solving a conundrum is to start with the pattern.

  • Renee26

    Once was enough for me LOL although I think about the creamy crack everyday

  • Soda

    Maybe they noticed how luscious & long their pubes became?!

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Just start stealing the stuff they dont lock up then the items you actually want wont be locked up anymore !!!!

  • Renee26

    LMAO I am the next time I go to one and get followed ... the petty has been activated

  • You Could Never

    EVERY DAY sis. LORD. I thought it was JUST me. Its been a long time for me. 3 years and some change.But I think of it every time I detangle too lol

  • Lol

    Her priorities are wack. She need to steal a condom, self respect, a job and a husband to help her with all them kids.

  • Dowoop

    If all she wanted was a $0.48 comb she should have boycotted and went to the dollar store.

  • Starsky Willows

    Pay her. Remove the glass.

  • Dowoop

    How dare you? Thieves have rights too. How dare Walmart discriminate against them? **Shaking my fist angrily at you** ;)

  • Renee26

    Yes, it's that comb through that gets me...then I think about how much faster my hair grows in it's natural state and I change my mind

  • cherrypie

    She has a case! I just wish I would have thought to do it first!! Run her her money Walmart and take down them cases!!! Trust. Walmart got the money to pay up... Secure the bag hunny!

  • Soda
  • Renee26

    DEAD

  • You Could Never

    Its not just Monistat. Its anything in it with Miconazole Nitrate in it. Its an anti-fungal. Athlete's foot cream too.

  • Dowoop

    LMFAO

  • TheOwley

    Her case will rest on findings from multiple stores and if similarly use white products are locked like black products. That's it.

    I find the following perfumes and colognes, designer watches and eyeglasses, locked. Some stores lock Tylenol and other mild pain killers others don't. Nobody cares for L'Oreal but the Bisse and Clinique are on locked down. Because the stores must. She has a loser case with a loser attorney.

  • Coffee1st

    Had a man years ago follow me around in Walmart. I finally stopped in an ailse so long, he had to finally walk off. When he did, I started following him. Did it for a hot minute too. When he finally got the nerve to make eye contact, I said, "kinda nerve wracking ain't it?" He walked off and left me alone.
    I got a coupla more stories I'll save for another day. To sum it up, I DO NOT tolerate disrespect when I'm spending my hard earned money in an establishment. I have no problem confronting the foolishness.

  • Vonn

    I just about died reading this.

  • Hmmm~?

    Anyone who’s been to a Walmart in a hood area have seen things similar to this. Walmart is a jug magnet. They have a right to lock up items that are frequently lost/stolen, even if said items are black hair products. Next.

  • karen b

    I only buy Tide or Gains......The 2 best detergents around the Midwest......

  • karen b

    I wonder how many moms used to buy that baby detergent when they had their first baby (dreft is the name, I think)........I used to look at those and be like, Yeah right.....Tide/Gain it is.....lol

  • Vonn

    Chile that's why the robots are coming. The entire store's inventory will be behind bullet proof glass. Place your order & the robot will fetch it for you.

  • Li

    Well, she should come to Chicago where the Walgreens was putting security locks on the Tide. She would be surprised (as I was) at what thieves are stealing.

  • Li

    Would she have a case if the Tide had a security lock on it, like my Walgreens does?
    In Chicago, black people got upset at a bank because it had a metal detector at the door! The bank had been robbed several times by guns, so what did the customers say? Discrimination! Although the bank has metal detectors in the white banks to. BOA in Chicago has a guard standing outside with a gun. So is that anti-consumer?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    hmmmm she should consider couponing. Way better for your karma than stilling detergent, in fact there's a book called Couponing for Dummies (absolutely no shade).

  • Ni Ni

    I am hollering ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    YCN: The hairy ass folks?

    *dead*

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    **stealing

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    LMAO, girl i said the same thing before i read your comment.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    try Jet.com

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    White folks stealing dog food.

    I was in line behind this white dude in the store several months ago and all he had were some damn dog treats.

    He paid with a $20. As I was walking to my SUV I noticed he was driving a damn Papa John's pizza delivery vehicle.

    I am like damn white folks love their damn pets that they sacrifice what little money they have to feed them.

    Not I!!

  • Waya Hedia

    Oh yeah.. that's a strong argument. An SNL skit. Care to try again?

  • We Can Do This

    My thoughts exactly!

    Case thrown out before the swearing in.

  • Dr. P

    Judging from Sista Essie's poorly constructed crochet braids, and that she only purchased a 48 cent comb and is a mother of five....I'm willing to bet that she was supplying the products for her kitchen-tician home braiding services. Now that shyt is locked down and she can't steal anymore, she's suing...

  • Soda

    Care to kiss my ass?

  • Trace da Ace

    oh well...what else is new??? I think WalMart overcharges for black hair products anyways...that why I go to my neighborhood beauty supply store...cause you can always get a deal there....screw walmart....they dont have the good shit anyways....

  • Noirluv45

    IKR! I hear they treat their workers like crap too.

  • RespectSelf

    formula is locked most places... they are suggesting all parents are criminals.

    Tide is locked up a lot of places... they are suggesting clean folks are criminals.

    Seriously though, blacks folks want all these changes without expecting to change. Unfortunately folks be stealing smh. It's not a conspiracy.

    If they had them products locked when they first opened then i can feel her... but if this is a cause and effect situation the folks just got to do better

  • IChosetheBrownDollbaby

    They do that with cosmetics at the one I frequent. NOBODY can leave without paying first, even if they have other shopping to do. It's called loss prevention. If she's mad, she can thank all the shoplifters who forced their hand.

  • Acts238

    This is why I shop on Webuyblack and support my people's businesses the best I can. My toilet tissue, detergent, hair products, cosmetics, clothing, shoes, and food.. all by my people. When one cuts up, I try to resolve the issue like I do with the big dawgs or move on to the next company... I don't trash the entire race based off one bad apple... whether Walmart was trying it or not, time and time again these big dawgs have showed their true colors towards my people. H&M, DOVE, Papa Johns... the list is endless... even these beauty supply stores owned by Asians... won't get my money to treat me any kind of way to make millions off of me.. make money off your own people and leave us lone! Rant over!

  • MistaO

    ***Applauds***

  • Liah

    Its called LOSS PREVENTION boo...Thank the thieves...#STOPIT

  • Waya Hedia

    If you can pull your head out of it.. maybe.

  • Waya Hedia

    "kitchen-tician"

    ha.. love that.

  • Waya Hedia

    ha.. no.

  • Waya Hedia

    blame whiskey

  • Ozad

    where you from where they locking up Tide....LOL

  • klwbaby

    I feel she doesn't have a case because I use to work in a Walmart where the majority of the customers were white and they to lock up the allergy medicine. And they had to good reason to because in a gated community near that Walmart, the Feds raided two homes because they were making meth.

  • Ms Thang

    I promise they have a security tag on the oxtails by my house

  • NeverSurprised

    When people in these communities insist upon repeatedly stealing, the stores will either set up loss prevention policies like this, or they will LEAVE, move to law abiding neighborhoods, and TAKE THEIR JOBS WITH THEM. No corporation is going to constantly lose money just to keep from hurting black peoples' "feelings."

    Stop breaking the law if you want companies to invest in your neighborhoods.

  • speakinmymind

    **slaps yo hands off the keybode**

    Dammit I can't breathe!?????????????????

  • SumthinSweeter

    I live in a college town and they just started locking up alllllllll the nice body spray, perfume and cologne in a glass case. Cameras are in the hygiene aisle, the medicine aisle and the make-up aisle.

  • speakinmymind

    Ignant as hell!????

  • Dede DimeDiva

    i dont think she has a case but i do agree that they should have locked up all hair products not just the black ones

  • speakinmymind

    **bangs down the gavel**

  • SumthinSweeter

    I live in a college town and they just started locking up alllllllll the nice body spray, perfume and cologne in a glass case. Cameras are in the hygiene aisle, the medicine aisle and the make-up aisle. I knew it was to prevent loss/theft but was surprised none the less since my area has very low crime in general.

  • speakinmymind

    ?????

  • SumthinSweeter

    Smh, they are pricy considering. Just a shame though that it has to come to that. I remember seeing a vid on youtube or on the web about one store that had security tags on their Slim Jim's.

  • TheOwley

    Actually, Walmart has to lock up the white products too to balance things out. It's a reality, things get shop lifted. It's sad this particular story has hit so many sites on the net. She is exposing a real commerce issue but clumsily addressed by the store.

  • SumthinSweeter

    They do overcharge and the selection is minimal anyway.

  • klwbaby

    Because that's what they steal the most. Everything in Walmart has to be scanned in by the shipping and receiving clerks, so when they do inventory and numbers don't match, they lock up and put cameras in those departments to see if customers or employees are stealing.

  • SumthinSweeter

    Yes I know this. Just not use to seeing it where I have lived for the past 20 years. Anyone that doesn't understand loss prevention is a little slow or a thief themselves.

  • klwbaby

    U know some of those girls were stealing make-up so they can look good on Instagram...?

  • SumthinSweeter

    Maybe... could be a full grown white woman stealing too. My area is very diverse. That's why I have lived here so long.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I saw a report on the news that in some places, Tide is like currency in the hood. People steal Tide and bring it to their local drug dealers in exchange for drugs. Sad.

  • mona q

    But it's most likely because the other hair care products aren't being stolen(?) Again, shrinkage...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    To me this just looks like a basic business decision on the store's part. You put extra locks/security on certain products that have been shown to have a high likelihood of being stolen.
    Not everything is about race all the time, although people want to make everything racial.

  • Rayne

    Dang!

  • Kemi

    Too funny but sad!

  • Kemi

    Much ado about nothing! How they suppose to conduct lucrative transactions if ppl are stealing their products!

  • Reina1718

    Probably stollen the most! Its expensive lol

  • justlooking

    I know boo, but white lives matter and that's who they protecting.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Walmart will break her off some money so she can shut up and go away, people sue Walmart all the time.

  • cherrypie

    Walmart will have their lawyers all over this. However, as we all know white people steal too. Why not lock up all beauty products not just the black one's.??

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Embarrassing.

  • Renee26

    I'm ok with that...I hate shopping

  • Renee26

    LOL another good one

  • Enoughsaid2020

    They only carry a few black products, so they should just mix it in with other products, or we have to buy our products from Africans, who jack up the prices, or never have, what you need. At least in my area, that's the problem. SMH!

  • Waya Hedia

    All people steal. I would assume they're responding to the amount of loss from one department here.

  • Marlika

    Girl Bye!! ?? She making a mountain out of a mold. Go to a beauty supply or buy your things online. I hope they don’t give her or her stupid attorney shit!

  • Hotfiyah

    Because there are stolen the most!

  • MsChocCookie

    Must be a high crime area, because my local Walmart, does not case these products

  • 90’sBawdy

    They (Gloria and her) need to have several seats.

  • Guest

    People can and will only take so much. Change will soon come.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    There is a way to handle this issue of high theft items with out embarrassing , marginalizing, profiling and discriminating . There are other high theft items that whites target for shop lifting, its very rare to see these chains treat them the same way.

    Ever been to a rural mostly white middle America, Kmart or Walmart, the power tools ,women's cosmetics, children's toys aisles have been ran thru - open boxes and packages every where . I felt self conscious like I need to get out of this isle before they accuse me (the only black) in the store of stealing the missing items.

    If they were truly sensitive to the issue they wouldn't be parading black customers through the store to the check out counter like they are doing some kinda "perp walk " just to make a purchase.

  • Lol

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  • Lol

    They discovered it because of the ingredients in the product. It properly clean and degrease the pores and scalp.

  • Guest

    Robots in a cashless society. Then people will be required to take the mark of the beast and either be k!lled or thrown into walmart sponsored fema poison camps.

  • Ramcamedd

    Yep. I wanted to buy some. They were $18 for four.

  • justlooking

    I get why she did and Wal-Mart will feel a sting for SHORT WHILE

  • Mister Fantastic

    I don't see a problem with this. For example, whites were stealing over the counter drugs to make meth and those items were placed behind the pharmacy counter AND need a ID in order to purchase, and by law you are given a limit as the quantity you can buy.

    Ole girl has TOO MUCH time on her hands... A $2 arse comb? Really?

  • NicoleZee

    I don't even know why companies make feminine hygiene products other than maxi pads. Women should know by now that if your vagina stinks, take your ass to the OB/GYN and if you have a yeast infection, just get a prescription from your gyno for Diflucan, it is the BEST! One (sometimes two) little pill will do the trick no matter how bad the yeast infection is!

  • NicoleZee

    Walmart.com is much better, their stores suck because they have horrible inventory practices. Half the time you go in Walmart, the shelves are empty and they're always saying they're waiting on a damn truck to come in with milk and other stuff. Kroger is better for groceries though. And I love Target, but some of their shit is overpriced so I shop in Walmart more. Walmart wins because they offer lower prices than most competitors. I get most of my baby's stuff in Walmart, but I do go to Toys "R" Us and Target for him too.

  • Diva4lyfe

    Yes I'm like this crazy eye ball right over the products. One of my friend did a Facebook live post going through the aisles showing the difference

  • Ryan

    Depends on the area I guess. Like when all of the stores started locking up Sudafed in the rural areas (though personally I think they should've left them out.)

  • Ryan

    Last month I had to show my ID for some damned COUGH MEDICINE.

  • justlooking

    Agree, however if you dont know how to manage your female parts, it can happen. The twenty something looked shamed....
    I wanted to pull her aside..

  • NicoleZee

    These women are sad. Whenever I see a woman on the feminine hygiene aisle looking for sprays or whatever I want to tell her so bad to go to the doctor. Mothers also need to teach their daughters proper hygiene practices. When your vagina stinks or you have unusual or smelly discharge, you need to see a doctor. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I wish women would stop feeling so ashamed of dumb shit. Even if two freshly bathed STD free people have sex, you can still get a bacterial infection, especially when you have a shitty immune system like I do! Women and men need to take better care of their bodies and need to stop being afraid to go the doctor.

  • Smith Jane

    ??

  • Smith Jane

    Lmao

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I do remember! That was when the gates were locked and the garden was popping! ?

  • Vonn

    Me too.

  • Vonn

    Lol

  • justlooking

    Okayyyyyyyyyyyy

  • speakinmymind

    'mountain out of a mole hill'

    And I agree...her and this lawsuit are dumb as hell.

  • Marlika

    I had to do this 3 days ago at Target.?

  • GIJoeJones

    I'm trying to understand how this made the news. They never lock up self help books, pencils, apples, and broccoli. Because nobody is trying to steal that $*** It's almost like they want to publish absurd stories so that people can loudly express the most reasonable response - which is ... 'black people steal stuff and folks lock it up to prevent them from stealing it.'

  • the guest

    I think the standard principle of retail is that you do not pay for an item before you can hold it, inspect it, and decide it is up to par.

    Unfortunately, this is a racist Catch-22. Black folks are stealing weave hair and black hair care products but retailers also mark up black hair care products higher than other products because of black dependency on chemicalization and assimilation with hair products.

    Still, its a loss retailers have to accept or they must equitably lock up all hair care products. This woman has a case and Gloria Alred will get her a settlement. Sad, that only this woman complained.

  • Noirluv45

    I've gotten a things off Walmart.com. In fact, I shop online whenever possible. When I used to shop at Walmart several years ago, I didn't notice the empty shelves, but I did notice the produce and meat sucked. I also noticed their prices got to a point where they were just as high as the rest of the stores. I used to be able to buy a basket load of food and walk out with savings, then that began to change. I noticed that the prices were a bit higher (maybe it depends on the area). I just avoid going there. Unfortunately, we don't have a Kroger's here in my city. :( When I shop, I go to Harris-Teeter or Food Lion.

  • Ant Hill

    next time tell your mother to swallow your sorry azz father instead.

  • ShWa

    Chile please they keep stealing it that's why they have to lock it up, it's a no brainer and then you're trying to sue, girl please....

  • TOO REAL

    Law require all such products be locked up not just the black products. She will receive something.

  • TOO REAL

    BOYCOTT - WALMART HAS BEEN DOING WAY TOO MUCH.

  • AndSo

    Oh MY! If I'm a business owner and I want to lock up items that tend to be stolen more frequently in that particular area, then I'm gonna do it! They MINE until I sell em to a customer, so I'll do what I want to protect my merchandise. Where I was from a drugstore chain sold hair cutting scissors but they were behind glass cases like they do with expensive perfumes because they were very pricey and easily knicked. SO WHAT?!

  • AndSo

    I feel SAFER when there's a cop there. I'm not bothered. Hardly!

  • TawnyDelux

    because kids buy cough medicine and drink it to get a high. i got ID'd for ADVIL....come on ADVIL

  • Karen Brady

    lol at headline.

  • Crazy tee

    I say lock up both White and Black products...You would be surprise to how many white people use our products...they could be stealing it for all we know...when I was younger and working in retail the white folk would steal like crazy... but the company I worked for always narrowed in on the African American’s....I’ve seen it with my own eyes...

  • brainiacspeaks

    Seriously?? You expect us to buy that b.s?? If white people are the problem, how come "white" hair care products aren't being stolen at the same rate? The FACT is that blacks, on average, are far more dishonest than all the other races!

  • Crazy tee

    Those white products don’t do ? for your hair...bottles filled with soap and water???...a line of garbage

  • GIJoeJones

    This woman has no case. She has negative publicity against a large corporation who is very motivated to settle quickly. If it was my store, and I noticed that one product was being stolen more than the others then I would most definitely lock said product up. If you want to inspect, you can request the product and an employee will hand it to you for inspection. If you don't like the policy, shop somewhere else or order off of the internet. There is no law stating that the only option for getting this product is through that store.

  • Yup, I said it

    Those Asian owed hairstores lock up every damn thing and still watch,you like a hawk. But, we still be all up in their stores giving them our money. Chile please this is a money grab and nothing but.

  • Indies beauty

    I'm not going to lie, walmart has some of the best prices for black hair products. Sallys is always my first choice but ive had to return products after getting them for a better deal at walmart.

    I think locking up the products depends on area and demographic. This is not a nation wide thing so im assuming the store deals with alot of shrinkage for those products. Its about inventory control, I cant view this under the lenz of racism.

    Also a majority of black hair products are now marketed towards all hair types. I dont think this issue is exclusive to thier black customers specifically.

  • brainiacspeaks

    What "Law" is that?? YOURS?

  • Gone Too Far

    Accused? We saw the video. There was glass and the products were locked. You see it sometimes too in non-black owned black beauty supply stores. However I’ve never seen it with my own eyes in person before. It must be a high crime area. Good and natura hair care products tend to be quite pricey so they must’ve been having a theft problem with the items that were locked

  • Gone Too Far

    Target definitely do the same thing. Even with body fragrance

  • Gone Too Far

    I don’t know how people get away with doing that at self check out. There’s too many cameras. Eyes looking when you think they’re not. If that alarm goes off or you see an employee come up to you, just know you’re going to jail to serve a 10 year sentence for petty theft