Zendaya’s Awful Store Experience Has Gone Viral



Remember that scene in Pretty Woman where she walks into the store and everyone judges her? Well, Zendaya experienced that, except…in real life. And much worse.

Zendaya alleged that a Vons grocery store clerk refused to sell her $400 worth of gift cards because of her skin tone. The 20-year-old singer and actress posted a Snapchat video with her friend explaining the situation. She said she tried to buy $400 in gift cards but the clerk refused the transaction.

“The lady that was helping us…I don’t think she was a huge fan of our skin tone,” Zendaya said in the video.

“This is what we deal with…” Zendaya continued. Her friend added, “Because we’re black.”

“‘You can’t afford this,’ is how she looked at me,” Zendaya said, which is awful. “It was $400! Long story short, there’s so much progress to be done in our world.”

Vons replied to the allegations: “At Vons, we strive to treat each and every customer with the utmost respect,” the statement reads. “There is a policy that limits gift card purchases using a credit card. Zendaya was able to purchase gift cards up to our limit, and we apologize for any inconvenience or misunderstanding.

We respect Zendaya’s voice in the community and similarly are committed to diversity and inclusion. Moreover, we understand that race is a sensitive issue in America and view this experience as a reminder that every interaction is an opportunity to treat each customer as we ourselves would like to be treated.”

It’s a hot topic at the moment, many people have experienced similar things in their lives, others are tweeting disbelief, even saying Zendaya made it up! What do you think about this?

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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

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    What’s horrible about not being allowed to violate store policy?

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