Empire star Gabourey Sidibe says her race and her weight may have caused racist sales reps to discriminate against her in high end boutiques.

The 34-year-old actress, who gained overnight fame in Lee Daniels' film Precious, says a saleswoman in a Chanel store in Chicago shooed her away from a counter while she shopped for shades.

"She greeted me, but the look on her face told me that she thought I was lost," she wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. "I had been at her display for less than a minute, and she was literally directing me to another store."

Gabourey wrote that the woman's attitude changed when other sales reps in the store recognized her.

"All of a sudden, the woman who had pointed me out of the store let me know that even though they didn't have eyeglasses, the shades they carried actually doubled as eyeglass frames, so I should take a look at the shades I'd come to look at in the first place. Just like that, I went from being an inconvenience to a customer."

She ended up purchasing 2 Chanel sandals (one for her co-star Taraji P. Henson) and 2 pairs of sunglasses.

A similar incident occurred at a Dior counter in New York, where a salesperson “literally took a [lip] gloss out of my hand”.

Gabourey feared that her weight may have played a role in the mistreatment she received at Chanel and Dior.

"I suspect it's because I'm black, but it could also be because I'm fat. Maybe my whole life, every time I thought someone was being racist, they were actually mistreating me because I'm fat. That sucks too. That's not O.K.," she wrote.

A Chanel spokesperson has since issued an apology to the actress.

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

  • JerseyMom

    Child, I wouldn't spend my money at that store. No way!

  • A D N

    This poor woman has so many social strikes against her. It's just sad how this world is set up for discrimination. She's a female, she's dark skinned, she's overweight...well, I found "a positive"...she's rich! That should eliminate all the others, but as she pointed out, we are visual first!

  • Coy little wink

    Race is a protected class...weight however is NOT sorry Gabby

  • sunni_daze

    She shouldn't have purchased anything. She should have pulled the Pretty Woman "Big Mistake, Huge"

  • ~~eb

    Girl, it is because of your skin color, not your weight. Come on now Gabby, you know the deal.

  • NicoleZee

    Girl bye! Most people have been discriminated against when going into stores that sell designer items. She has no proof that it was because of her weight. A lot of times, these employees think you just can't afford the items. I've heard of the same thing happening to White folks without a weight problem! All of this complaining gets unnecessary at times. When I have an issue with a store, I contact the CEO. Same thing happened to me in Lord & Taylor and Macy's. I was in high school when the Lord & Taylor incident happened. But when an employee thought I was about to steal in Macy's a few years back, I contacted the CEO and CFO. They gave me a written and verbal apology. Move on! Damn!

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    I was friends with someone like her in school. Said she can't lose because it's her glands *shrugs*.

    Now she's over 40, never worked a real job or finished school, never had a long term relationship and still lives under mom's roof.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Just like we should move on from the American slavery trade that built this country, but that is the basis of all of this discrimination STILL in 2017?

  • NicoleZee

    Exactly. It is a complete waste of time to get angry over something that will never change. People will discriminate against you for a variety of reasons. File a complaint and never shop in the store again.

  • Lady_Elle

    This is likely due to your skin color....
    In the Selena movie there is a scene where she is mistreated because the associate felt she could not afford to buy the dresses she wanted to try on.

  • Rachel

    We will all encounter some type of discrimination at some point in our life if we are AA. Or at least I know I have, but no way am I spending my hard earned money in no place after it's obvious to me the cold treatment is because of my skin tone. She should have verbally acknowledged herself and she walked the f$$$ out.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    FUKK
    AN
    APOLOGY

  • Lady_Elle

    Well... based on news reports... the letters you received did not fix the problem.
    The sales associates were not trained to STOP the behaviors.
    Move on only works... if there is a FIX in place.

  • Ryan

    So she disrespected her to her face and she gave her a commission anyway. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5a968dc1cd9271040047895d44b8c6720213556ed5bf45a4045b78db86126b6.jpg

  • She ShowOut

    Right? I would have ordered online in her face...or went to another store...she would never get a sale from my money.

  • NicoleZee

    Just my opinion. I have faced discrimination too, but my point is that discrimination will never go away and Gabourey does not know if the person was discriminating against her due to weight, race, or thinking she was poor. I'm just different. I'm not about to dwell on something involving an ignorant person like the employees that have discriminated against me in the past when I shop in certain stores. You have to move on or life will definitely pass you by. I am not excusing discrimination by any means, but you can't keep dwelling on pain or it will get the best of you.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I agree. There's no telling what specifically caused this behavior from the store employees.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    And she still bought something? Smh. I don't understand why we insists on giving these people our money. ??

  • Taylordanes

    But you still supported them ?

  • Fred G sanford

    Baby girl you not fat...you obese

  • Please Stop The Madness

    "and Gabourey does not know if the person was discriminating against her due to weight, race, or thinking she was poor."

    what was basis of the discr, that you experienced? How did you know? Does it matter? Discrimination is discrimination no?It still hurts doesnt it? Just bc YOU were able to move on why should she? People cant feel how they feel and speak out how they see fit? So many questions.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I would've asked for a lot of super expensive things and then said nah, I changed my mind. I'll go to another store lol.

  • Jen_no_juice

    That is what's wrong with my people. We still support the folks who dislike, hate, and discriminate us

  • Taylordanes

    And she still bought something... like why support them???

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I do agree she should have paid them dust.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Maybe she really wanted those shades...

  • NicoleZee

    Exactly. I appreciated their apology but I choose not to shop in Macy's anymore. And furthermore, Macy's is not all that anyway, plus their losing money and shutting down stores. Hell, I get treated better overseas when I go into stores that sell expensive items, which is crazy because the USA is my home country, not over there. Very sad. When I've shopped in stores in places like Canada or Ireland for example, everyone was super sweet to me and obviously didn't give a damn about my skin color, weight (I'm on the curvier side), or any other dumb reason to discriminate against someone. But over here in the U.S., I've met some of the rudest and nastiest people imaginable. Overseas, I get been shown nothing but kindness. Interesting.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    LMAO sooo not right!!!

  • Dee

    Exactly. Why still give them money and then complain about it, SMFH!

  • Wayup!

    U bstta let them sprites know Gabby grl....???

  • NicoleZee

    I don't know the exact cause of the discrimination that I experienced with Macy's, but I sent them a hot letter stating that whatever the reason that I did not appreciate their tacky ass employee following me around. Why would I want to steal cheap shit anyway??? It's Macy's not Gucci! If I was going to be a thief, I would plan well and after the first heist I would retire! Only an idiot continues a life of crime. The smart criminals know what to steal (the money is in European art and expensive jewelry and heirlooms). But you are right, I was able to move on. I can only encourage others to do the same.

  • Wayup!

    Petttttty!!!!..I likeeeee...,??

  • NicoleZee

    She's not wrapped too tight. She knew what was going to happen the minute she stepped foot in the store. I just feel like some of these celebrities think that everyone is supposed to roll out a red carpet for them anywhere they go. Not!!! They need to have several seats. It's common sense: If you go into a store and get mistreated for whatever reason, just don't shop in there.

  • Faithz

    Thanks Gabby for sharing your story, keep your head held high, and keep right on stepping with Purpose , and Faith!

  • Faithz

    True.

  • NicoleZee

    In some of her interviews, she comes off as arrogant. I can't stand these celebrities with stank attitudes. They expect special treatment wherever they go. It really is sad because most people are laughing at her and not with her. To some, she will never be accepted because of her weight and skin tone. Nothing wrong with confidence, but when you get cocky, it just becomes a nasty attitude of entitlement. Sad.

  • Faithz

    Gabby never let anybody rob you of your peace.

  • MistaO

    Typical black people. Geez sister!!! DON'T make any purchase after such treatment, you don't reward inappropriate behavior. Don't y'all know this by now!!

  • datATLboi

    Asians are right at the top of the list

  • Bee jaay Cee

    She's a sucker for buying anything from that rude salesperson.

  • Toni ToniToni

    Exactly, I wouldn't bought shyt from that BIH!

  • LINDYFENDY

    Very well said! I agree with u ?
    We should spend our money with businesses that appreciate our coins and who employ people who are willing to help NO MATTER what we look like! Once she shooed this sista away, she should have strutted right out the door that she came in. Chanel DID NOT deserve her money and until we all learn how to show people how to treat us we may NEVER " get it"!!

  • Rayne

    The reps I. The Louis Vuitton store on Michigan Ave. are pretty ?.

  • Cricket404

    But then she can't stunt on is poor folks....

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Maybe the sales reps thought she was gonna EAT the merchandise without paying for it??

  • We Can Do This

    She's an idiot for demanding a profiler to take her money.

    I once went to a Kangol store and the Asian owner wouldn't let me try on a hat, not even with tissue wrapped inside the hat. I said cool, and never went back.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    This is sad, but funny because it is so true!!! Lol...

  • Peter Piper ATL

    ...And i'm not understanding two things: for one, if you felt you were being discriminated against for being fat or black or possibly both, then why the hell spend that money--on multiple products, at that?

    I would have told that clerk that the eyewear she recommended also doubles as a device that she could stick up her ass, and then I would have walked out.

    And the other thing is, why talk about after the fact when you clearly weren't bothered enough at the time because you bought the eyewear (like a dummy) anyway? I would have kept that part a secret.

    Gab seems a little bit off in the head.

  • Phillybruh

    Sometimes we want what we want. I still would have purchased what I set my heart on purchasing just not from that sales rep.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    But that's the whole point--buy what you want, but certainly not from someone you feel has degraded you as a human being.

  • NaeNay

    I agree with everything you said. Take my money elsewhere.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Exactly

  • NaeNay

    Heffa probably got a commission from her sale.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Yet she still ended up buying their products!!! She really defeated her own purposes for sharing this story!!! Chhiiii DEMAND your respect... Do not allow people to mistreat you... then use the situation to go viral!!! Instead, tell the people how you refused to be disrespected because you are a Strong, BLACK Woman that knows her worth!!!

  • klwbaby

    So she essentially rewarded that lady by allowing her to collect the commission from her items??!! Good job Gabby..??

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I guess people validate themselves in different ways! She must've wanted to prove to that person that she was able to purchase the items...

  • Tlowe89

    I wouldn't bought anything, but I also wouldn't have left until they got their distract manager on the phone or in the darn store. I would've filed a BBB complain, and filed a discrimination suit. Afterwards, I would've taken myself elsewhere to find another cute pair of shades, or eyeglasses. And I bet if she would've done all of that, the Chanel or Dior would be probably called her and gave her what she initially wanted for free plus a small discount on her next purchase, just so she goes away quietly and not be a big profile name causing bad publicity. Somebody needs to school her on how to conduct business with ignorant people

  • Tlowe89

    She should've went to another Chanel store or Dior Store

  • We Can Do This

    She's insecure and reason being, she surrendered her hard earned cash to someone who profiled her.

  • Tlowe89

    I've noticed that to. She seems stuck up, and thinks we should accept her and relate to her because she big, and one of us, yet she has a stank vibe of a rich anorexia white woman

  • We Can Do This

    She wanted to show that woman her buying power. After she left she was still referred to as a fat black woman.

  • We Can Do This

    A conquered mentality.

  • Mbailey

    BLACK people always stuntin' for the white folks, instead of building their own empires and spending their monies with their own. You might be rich on the plantation---but you're still on the plantation---and filling the white man's pockets. This ain't the 1940's ya'll. You've got options now. And that includes not consistently keeping those you say oppress you fat and happy and in charge.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Another one sided whine fest from an obese tool.

  • Tammie Reed

    She annoys the fluck outta me, sorry NOT sorry!

  • karen b

    Reminds me of that episode on " A Different World" when Whitley brought a bunch of expensive items from that racist white lady and Freddie talked her into returning them to the store....I wouldn't of bought shit from there....Just like on TV, don't give that Biotch that commission.....I hate she fell for the okeedoke.......

  • Tammie Reed

    She had to stunt to show, I got it!

  • klwbaby

    I was thinking the same but I couldn't remember the show?

  • klwbaby

    I guess she was thinking bit*h u work here, but I'm spending money here. That lady probably didn't even care who she was when she left the store.

  • Faithz

    I am reminded that when Jesus, and His Disciples was on that boat, and a strong storm came up, Jesus was in the bottom of the boat in slumber (Sleep) and the disciples was scared, and didn't want to wake Him, But the clouds was dark, and the winds was high, they decided to wake the Worshipful Master, Jesus came up on deck to where they all was , and He looked out over the Storm , Jesus than spread His arms out to each side , and said these words,,, "Peace Be Still ", In other Words You don't let Nobody, family, fans, friends, nor foe
    disturb you of your peace, Just saying.

  • Renee26

    Where she went wrong was to still buy items from them. I would be asking for the general managers contact info to tell them about how I was treated...I'd take a picture of my black card and let them know what business they missed out on because they hire ignorant azz employees. IMO anyone working in customer service needs diversity training.

  • Faithz

    Many have been fighting People because of the way they look, their color to dark not light enough,,,
    how tall , how short, how much money you make , where people live, the ca they drive, and the clothes they wear, I say Just LOVE YOURSELF, And try to treat people right Regardless, and you will be blessed all the same.

  • Renee26

    I hope when she did buy she made a loud announcement to give all the commission to the other ladies who didn't treat her like that

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    That reminds me of the time Whitley bought all that stuff from the jewelry store after the clerk discriminated against her on A Different World. Gabby is weak for that. I bet she felt that she had something to prove just like Whitley.

    On an unrelated note has anyone else noticed that she has started gaining weight again? I hope she can recommit to her weight loss. I know it's difficult.

  • Renee26

    Every time that helfa came near her she should have turned her back to her and spoke to the other ladies

  • Tony Winston

    your a mean old bitty,

  • Lady_Elle

    Bird... that is one of my FAVORITE episodes!
    I hope Gabby... can stay the course. It has to be incredible hard!

  • karen b

    I like.....Teeheee

  • Lady_Elle

    My fav episode. :-)

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    This is a serious question if anybody can answer.. How much do the sales associates make in these luxury stores? Is it enough to afford the merchandise they are pushing? I'll just start with that question, I have so many..

  • hotntot95

    Gabby please don't start that whiny baby stuff...embrace your skin, fat and being a woman with money...u have waaay more than most..fuq shopping with Chanel or whoever else, u don't need validation from them...life is too short for BS.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    She is young, insecure, and still need other people's approval.. She's finding her way.. She'll get there one day.. I do agree with your post though..

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I would've walked out, had my assistant look into some black designers and moved along.

  • imright

    the lady made u feel less than & u still spent ??? in her store ?!? way to go A hole !!! ?

  • hotntot95

    Exactly. She's letting that weak az industry get inside her mental..

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Right! Would've been an uprising and I'm from and live in the CHI!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    No, SR just posted an old pic being shady....

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    The one in Chicago, was definitely because she was black....I'm sure it was the one on the mag mile....see Gabby not from here...one of us would be on the news....

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Damn...that's cold...

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Now, I don't have it....stuntin is for new fools....you call her ass out, report her ass, picket, call BLM...but you certainly don't put coins in her pockets..

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Racist white people in Chicago don't give no fks....puhlease.....because she gone do the same thing to the next fat black lady that walks in there.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    See....

  • Lolalao

    You just read my mind.

  • Shani

    That's my issue. I wish I would give you my good coins after you profiled me...Your loss, not mine!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    She's a damn fool is what she is.

    And a fool and his/her money are soon parted!

  • Shani

    I'd have called my agent right there in her face and proceed to walk proudly out as the realization kicks in...no celebrity commission for you bish!

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Welp.. I had my foolish days ( my early 20's).. I know better now, I've learned from life experiences... Hope fully, she will learn also, like most of us
    did..

  • stanley

    She should of told the Sales Rep.. Pull out your Cell phone and Google me "B*tch* I'm a Superstar ha..

  • Junkanoo

    She should have taken her business else where why even continue to buy those name brands, have some pride about yourself ,I guess she's not there yet

  • cherrypie

    I wouldn't have bought shyt! Like how are you going to discriminate against me when you are a damn near minimum wage retail worker. Who cares if its high end or not. GTFOH!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I don't think people realize they discriminate against fat people or people who aren't "attractive." I have all types of associates and most will tell you, I'll hold a conversation with anybody cuz IDC.

    I see circles of friends or cliques all the time and every person is attractive or have a look. I was joking with a relative about this the other week because ALL of their friends are in shape, have a certain look, and they manage to always do things with those friends. I teased and asked if they know any fat or not so attractive people.

  • Anunnaki

    She ended up purchasing 2 Chanel sandals

    WHY..................Dumb just DUMB, da fck wrong with my people. DAM

  • Anunnaki

    that White Validation mental state is HELL on my people.

  • Interracial_NOT

    She was discriminated against because she looks broke. Sorry...

  • KLo

    i wouldn't gave those racist mfs a cent of my $. WTF is wrong with you Gabby.

  • NeverSurprised

    I was just about to post the same thing. Someone is rude and discriminatory to you until they discover you have money, and you REWARD their bad behavior by making them richer??? I will NEVER understand the deeply ingrained self-hatred of black people.

  • NeverSurprised

    Before various civil rights laws were passed in the 60's, blacks couldn't shop at many major department stores, or, could shop but couldn't sit at the lunch counters inside of those stores. As a result, most blacks frequented small, black-owned restaurants, and those restaurants did a brisk business. As soon as the laws changed, black folks RUSHED to line up to give their money to the white businesses that had previously shown them disdain, and many small black establishments went out of business as a result of the loss of revenue. The psychology of rewarding those who show you outright contempt has always fascinated me.

  • Interracial_NOT

    The only reason blacks visit one particular shop is because either the prices are lower or that shop has what is wanted where the other black owned shop does not. What people do not realize is, it's not a color thing for black people. It's whether you have what we need or not. If I had 200,000 dollars I could support a shop simply because it's owned by blacks. But if I only have a single paycheck, Imma shop where I can afford. Period.

  • NeverSurprised

    Exactly. I think the reason she eventually purchased the items was to show them "Look, I have money!" But what she REALlY showed them was, "Look, you treated me like crap, but I'm still dumb enough to hand over a couple of thousand dollars to you."

    A counter Manager at Chanel earns an average salary of only $33k, Gabby. They really aren't people you need to try to impress.

  • Allihave2say

    The funniest things about shopping in high-end stores while black are:
    *Uppidity snooty sales reps.
    *Sales reps who think because they sell expense clothes they are special.
    *Sales reps who don't realize they are only selling while you can afford to actually buy.
    *Sells reps who go home to rented apartments in their Fords while you go your house in your Mercedes.

  • NeverSurprised

    From Career Bliss:

    "Chanel employees earn $51,000 annually on average, or $25 per hour, which is 18% lower than the national salary average of $61,000 per year. According to our data, the highest paying job at Chanel is an Assistant Manager at $63,000 annually while the lowest paying job at Chanel is a Counter Manager at $33,000 annually."

  • Allihave2say

    When Michael Kors issued his IPO I purchased his stock fresh on the shelf. My husband not too interested int he investment. On a Saturday I was dressed in sweatpants and raggedy T-shirt. Had been doing grunge work in my daycare that day. Decided to stop in the local mall store and see how my money was working for me.

    For the most part I was wholly ignored during my visit. I walked around, sat down looked around for some time before a young man finally acknowledged me. Then I informed him that I was there to see how they were making me money so I'd know if I needed to make a statement at the 1st investors meeting. He was so confused but I just smiled. They never know who owns them truly.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    I follow her on IG. That's where I noticed the weight gain.

  • Allihave2say

    I patronize my own when I can, as often as I can. I do remember visiting a black owned boutique I ran across on a night out to dinner. I told my hubby to just let me run in. The black owner confirmed was there working. She had beautiful T-shirts regarding cancer awareness. I told her that my father had died of liver cancer and my mother had a different form. She asked me if they caught it from each other. I realized she was not cancer aware and never went back. I'd planned to buy a T-shirt for all the ladies on my mom's side to support her business, awareness and my mother.

  • NeverSurprised

    I'm jealous. I own a healthy and diverse stock portfolio, mostly Apple, but when Kors announced the IPO I wavered. Kept trying to decide if it would be a good investment. Then each time I checked its progress, I realized I missed getting in on the ground floor of an excellent investment. Good for you for acting at the right time.

    Whenever I go into Apple stores in NY, I am always pleased at the manner in which the stores are run. Couldn't be more professional and courteous to every single customer. You're right, publicly traded corps never know who holds an ownership interest.

  • Allihave2say

    I like penny stocks as well and I've bought a stable of them to my pleasing. The challenge of seeming them rise and peril of the fall of others. I bought Weight Watchers hubby waived it, turned out well. I bought a stock years ago, the parent company beseeches me, I'd have to log into Etrade to recall. They own a 50 yr build out in Cypress, TX, they also own Malls. They had money problems and there was talk a Japanese owned company considered to purchase. They dropped so low to pennies a share, so did SIRI and some others in this season. I know it was General Growth Properties GGP for pennies. It has taken years to mature but the payout when I sold was very nice!
    My hubby loves to buy options. They aren't really my thing. Has taken me 1/2 a lifetime to understand options trading and I still don't lol. too lazy I guess. I love stocks! get in on the ground and run!

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Thank you!!!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    How much do they make per hour, in those types of over priced stores?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The psychology of rewarding those who show you outright contempt has always fascinated me.

    Taking.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Teach me, please.

  • JustB

    I was lost when she said she still bought the shades... And 3 at that from the same person who shunned her...basically added to her pay... Um no...she is tripping...should have took that money to Lane Bryant were they would have greeted her with a smile and gave her free shades... I don't get her logic on this one

  • Coffee1st

    SMH. Why do we want to look like them, have what they have and be accepted by them SO bad??? Hell, they don't make their selves the standard, they merely suggest it. WE make them the standard.

  • Coffee1st

    Did they catch it from each other?? ??
    What the entire hell?!?!?!

  • NeverSurprised

    I don't do options. Too volatile. But of course big risk can mean a big return.

    I love stocks that are recession proof. My Kimberly Clark, for example, fabulous stock when it comes to reliability. They haven't missed paying a dividend in over 40 years. When Apple declared its 7 for 1 split I was simply giddy. I already owned a significant amount, but bought up as much more as I could on the second day, at 100 a share, though I missed that first day when I think it was trading at 99.

    I tell young people all the time to start investing as early in life as possible. Real estate, stocks, bonds, T bills. Our people always think the market is the exclusive domain of other folks, but green is green. It's up to each of us to educate ourselves and become financially independent.

  • Allihave2say

    Every online broker/trade site has videos that teach you about trading stocks, options, CD's etc. Let me go find this guy on Youtube with videos I think he's I'm subscribed to him. One moment....

  • NeverSurprised

    Open a ScottTrade account at an investment of only $500. They have free classes in all of their locations, plus their online site offers a wealth of information. You can learn all about each company's financial history and future outlook before investing. It will give you enough general knowledge to start, and you can build on your expertise from there.

  • Allihave2say

    Youtube: The Brown Report (owned by young Black man); and Sky View Trading

  • Dahl

    All of this!

  • Coffee1st
  • Allihave2say

    Online Brokers Etrade (my fave); TD Ameritrade (my 2nd); Scottrade (IDK - don't do business with them). Go to the New York Stock Exchange for symbols; Investopedia and read Stocks for dummies.
    The goal is to buy low and sell high. You must get familiar with the companies and their earnings projections. If you like em buy em.
    If buying options you're betting on whether the stock will go up or down within a specified time. You are buy lets say a bundle/contract (100) and giving an expiry or mature date on when it will go up or down and how much/what the price it will be.
    Stocks give you a piece of ownership in a company the more stocks the more ownership. Options give you the right to sell or buy stocks at a specific price during a specified period of timeline options do not equal ownerships like stocks.
    I hope this is a start for you. Happy Marketing!

  • Allihave2say

    About $10/hour.

  • Sorry_Not_Sorry

    She bought th shades to spite the saleswoman and to prove she can afford to be there. If racist white salespeople didn't open the door for Oprah wth does she think the treatment she will receive better?

  • NeverSurprised

    And if you live in a large city, pick up a copy of Investors Business Daily (IBD) each day. Begin to read it with the same frequency with which you read the NY Times or whichever paper you read daily. IBD is the Financial bible for investors, far more thorough that the Wall Street Journal, imo.

  • Allihave2say

    It really is for all and stocks don't care your race, education or socio-economic status. You will earn or lose. Some say they don't have enough money to invest. Start small, penny stocks (practice) progress. cook at home, skip hair, nails and sneakers and make that investment happen.

    My mother retired with a net worth of $4ook. She invested in her employer company beginning in the 70's. The company was broken up because of the huge monopoly of control they had with several subsidiaries under their title. They were the world's largest. When the company was broken the stocks split 3 times, the company split into 7 entities and stocks were available accordingly. She can now blink and buy whatever she wants.

  • Allihave2say

    Yep. I was taken aback and that made me feel that she was just selling for personal profit and pulling on the hearts of cancer patients and their supports. My parents divorced in the 70's. They had no contact after that. Dad like the drink and Mama is just unfortunately sick.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Hi. Are you from the Houston area? Loved all of your comments on investing.

  • NeverSurprised

    "skip hair, nails and sneakers"
    -----------------------------------
    That right there. There has to be an understanding that short term sacrifice can reap long term rewards. My early investments gave me the Financial footing to purchase all of my real estate for cash, both commercial and residential. But whenever I try to tell some of the young people who work for me to start investing early, they always have an excuse. If I tell them to forego the expensive sneakers, the expensive nail and hair appointments and amass enough cash to start to build their portfolios, they look at me as if I am speaking Punjabi.

    Investing is a MINDSET, and one which really can't be instilled in anyone. Either you have that desire, that drive, for financial independence (as opposed to cash in the pocket today/ gone tomorrow) or you don't. You are quite lucky to have married a man as focused on financial independence as you are. Together, there will be no stopping the two of you.

  • Allihave2say

    Yes 20+ years. I have staff who don't own cars. I give raises often and sometimes throughout the year when we seen increases in business. Every payday they buy new wigs and nails but no cars. They eat out but get food stamps or housing support with no goals towards purchasing because they "can't afford it". Income tax year they buy new clothes take a cheap vacation, toys for the kids, new arsenal of wigs but won't invest in a business.

    I sat down with one of my fave ladies. Taught her how to make a craft that she could do privately for money at parties or other daycares etc. She felt I was having only her learn to do it and took offense and told me to teach someone else to do it and let them do it for me. Ignorance at it's finest. I know of a WW who was a teacher learned to do the craft, is now world renowned for it. Can't help those who like being loss.
    They don't have time to learn the stock market show no interest. I taught them to coupon and build up their families while saving money but they don't want to be seen in the store in the hood with coupons LOL.
    So now they work for me and I sign their checks but I no longer attempt to teach the unteachable.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    She's not fat, she's MORBIDLY obese and needs to get over it this whoa is me business. How do you expect people to respect you when you don't even respect your body?

  • Allihave2say

    ???

  • dontgetblocked

    Thank you. Somebody had to say it.

  • nick c

    About right lol

  • nick c

    Some offer ludicrous discounts to employees but that's how you know they don't get paid shit.

  • dontgetblocked

    A lot of them clean up with commission. You'd be surprised.

  • Allihave2say

    I'll never forget going into a high end store and picking out a green and gold sequined dress back in the day. They didn't have my size and it had to be ordered. The cashier asked if I knew the price, I advised her that I was literate and had read the tag prior to my order. She questioned my ability to afford it. I pulled out my VIP credit card and handed it to her. She stared and asked for my ID which I happily provided. Then she ordered my dress. I called the store manager to make sure she didn't earn commission for my sale as I had been a VIP customer for years and years I mean from my late teens! She did not get it and a week or so later they said she no longer worked there. Oh well!

  • nick c

    I see a lot of people saying she should of walked out, this isn't Ross this is Chanel and Dior if you walk out its your lost.

  • Allihave2say

    Yes. I just reread my comments to see if I mentioned them. If you can't afford IBD you can read it for free at the Library, the bookstore and some Starbucks.

  • Allihave2say

    I'm sure Gabby has struggled with acceptance all her life. The eyewear is a trademark/status sentence that for her announces her inclusion or worthiness. Shades from the Goodwill do the same thing without the attitude or price. IJS.

  • yallcrazy

    How do you figure this? Her loss to wear a brand that's racist and body shames?? She definitely should've walked out

  • yallcrazy

    No way in hell she would've took gloss out my hand. She'd have been on the floor with the lip gloss display on top her head

  • mzwhang90210

    You said Lane Bryant...*dead!*

  • mzwhang90210

    Upvote x 10.
    Me? I'd have you ring ALL of it up--pay cash ( cuz I could)....then ask for a refund. KMA!!

  • Lisa daniels

    Well damn

  • Lisa daniels

    he bought th shades to spite the saleswoman and to prove she can afford to be there....

    Reminds me of that espide of a Different World, when Whitley came back with all her credit cards

  • Malcom Flex

    She is a snob and obviously forgets she's a morbidly obese dark skin woman. People are sizeist AF, except for Black people who enable fat black women to think they are normal. She looks gross like Honey Boo Boo and her perver mama. She should have walked out and called her lawyer. I drop dimes on foul clerks all the time. I do not give them my money period. Diss me, Yelp, your boss and the CEO hear about it.

  • selectivewords

    Or Pretty Women......"Big Mistake, BIIIIGGG Mistake"

  • brooklyn23

    Youre buggin. She should've did like singer Selena did and walk out. Show some type of character

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    15.00 max plus commission.

  • Maxima

    That's how it's done!

  • Maxima

    THIS!

  • Maxima

    A couple of things here. Now that she is making some paper, she should investigate if her morbid obesity is caused by a virus or a liver malfunction. Perhaps even try to start a movement.
    Second, I would not have given those sales rep bitches the sale. Why let them get the commission. As for the one who snatched the lip gloss out of her hand, I would have made it my life's mission to fire her. In this day and age, it is not unusual for black folks to be in high end stores, so for those sales reps who are still stuck in the 1980s, let them lose the commission.

  • Ms. Jackson

    Exactly. I had to re-read..like.. Wait a min... Hol up!? A mess

  • stanhope

    Indeed she was stupid to purchase after such treatment. I wish a salesclerk would have physically snatched something out of my hand.....that very day, the clerk would have lost her job or the store would have had a lawsuit. I thought G had better sense than that.

  • stanhope

    or shoved in a place her man hadn't seen in a long time

  • stanhope

    well just that you said, "it's your lost" confirms your ignorance

  • stanhope

    but nit wit, Oprah's people called the head of Hermes...and the president appeared on her show to offer a personal apology.

  • stanhope

    I am Black with dreds. My family is "well to pass" so I have been in prestigious stores all of my life. My father who is very fair with light eyes rarely got the "treatment" in stores but when he did just left. Even as a child I knew this was not the response I wanted to give. While I never get this treatment any more, I have several times in life. While living in New York, I saw Roberta Flack followed by security. When she was challenged at the door for shoplifting she performed and demanded an apology from the store president which she got. I generally go over to the nearest store phone and have the operator connect me to the store manager. Once while looking at Missoni sweaters in Saks Fifth Avenue, I was followed by security. I went over to the woman and said, "there is no need to follow me, I am not here to steal and anything in this store I want I can charge to my own account or to my Mom's or to my Father's." I went to the house phone and asked for the store manager who invited me to his office. Because I don't sound like what he expected a Black person to sound like, ultimately he offered me the Mission sweater which was about $1,000 for free. I thanked him and declined the offer saying that if I took the sweater, somewhere in the back of his mind he would always wonder if I didn't construct this elaborate ruse to gain some sort of advantage. By declining, this incident would never leave his mind and when the next
    Black person experienced similar treatment, he would remember this event. Further, any Missioni sweater I needed, I could have my Mom get when she went to Italy.

  • Kirenee

    Gabby just showed a true example that her
    self-worth if means nothing just so she can prove that "she can." Just because you can doesn't mean you should! Especially when the circumstances are disrespectful, demeaning, embarrassing, or does anything to devalue you as a person.... Money and material things do not buy happiness, but I guess it did for Gabby.

  • Lady_Elle

    @nicolezee:disqus - What is sad... blacks left America flocking to Paris for better treatment since the 19th century.
    Great points... I agree with them all! :-)

  • KIm

    "She ended up purchasing 2 Chanel sandals (one for her co-star Taraji P. Henson) and 2 pairs of sunglasses."

    *I stopped caring after that.

    Furthermore, Gabby is morbidly obese and having personal encounters with her, she's not a very nice person. So ugly inside and outside? Good luck I guess?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    That's a good salary for retail.
    So, from WHOM does THEIR attitude come from?
    Would you say, it starts at the HEAD? The Owner, On Site Manager?

  • Maxima

    LOL!!

  • Post Nbn

    If someone follows you around a store, don't get offended, make them earn their money. Walk around the whole store, go from the ladies section all the way over to the men's section and back again...have fun with it.

  • abby500

    Me too! I would not have bought ? From there and would have told them WHY!

  • abby500

    Right!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • AQUEEN

    I believe her

  • Chitowngurl

    I don't think so, they make a lot more than you think. I know someone who has worked in high end stores for years, and she was making $100,000 a year at a high end shoe store. I'm sure the salaries range from store to store but they are from from low paid workers. I'm sure they make more than most of you trying to look down on them.

  • Phyllis

    My hubby works as a sales consultant for a popular home builder. One day, an older country looking man with overalls comes in inquiring about the homes. No one wanted to help him because they thought it would be a waste of time. Do you know this gentleman bought 6 properties for people who worked for him? That's about $3500/home or possibly more depending on the property . My point is, you should NEVER JUDGE ANYONE by how they look. Those are the main ones holding the most loot. #neverjudgeabookbyitscover

  • Allihave2say

    Wave your flag. The really good ones who earn commission may fair well but most working in the Galleria or the Mall is not making $100k. If that were the case people would be running to sell purses.

  • rodt

    yeah; you gave them your money anyway. whut?

  • Oaklands Finest

    Ur size had nothing to do with it. No diss ur skin is the color of soil. And you still spent money. Wake up, wake up, wake up!!!!!!

  • My Thoughts

    Yassssss! #Facts Money didn't buy respect either

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    I say on site manager.