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Woman sues Walmart over locking up African-American beauty products


By Anna Commander, WPEC

PERRIS, Calif. (WPEC) — A woman sued Walmart after the company locked up African-American beauty products.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Essie Grundy told reporters at a news conference in Perris, California that she has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Grundy claims she had to ask for assistance to buy a $0.49 hair comb that was located behind a locked glass case.

“I originally got the product from the Walmart in Riverside…and it was such a good product, I wanted to introduce it to my older children,” Grundy said. “They didn’t have any more at the original Walmart that I got it from, so I went to my neighborhood one, and that’s when I noticed all of the African-American products was locked up under lock and key.”

CBS LA reports that Grundy said she was “shocked” by the policy, and even asked the store manager to change the policy.

Walmart has received similar complaints by groups such as Making a Change At Walmart, CBS LA reports.

Videos on other retail stores have gone viral on social media.

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