Shopping while black can be an annoyance for many black people, when plagued by clerks who repeatedly hover over their shoulder, are overly helpful or follow them around the store. On sight, they are assumed to be a threat or a thief. So when the popular series Humans of New York interviewed a black woman about her experiences in town, she had a hilarious story about how she handled being targeted.
“I like to shop,” she told Humans of New York.
“But I hate going to those fancy stores in midtown. They treat me like I don’t have any money. They’re always telling me prices when I didn’t ask. Either that, or they figure I’m coming in to steal. I went to one store recently, and as soon as I walked in the door, I saw the manager lean in to the clerk and say, ‘Watch her.’ And so this girl starts following me around –– real close. She was acting like she wanted to help. If I picked up an item, she’d say: ‘Let me hold onto that for you.’ So I thought to myself: ‘I’ll give you something to hold.’ I walked around that entire store. I went on a real spree. By the time we were finished, she was holding 25 dresses. You could barely see her face. Then I led her up to the cash register and said, ‘You know what? I changed my mind. I think I’ll shop somewhere else.’”
Having held her own, Twitter could not help but beam with pride and cheer sis on.
I would’ve let her ring everything up too and then told her that I decided to shop elsewhere. 🤷🏾♀️— Takila (@CherrelleiAm) July 10, 2018
😂 pic.twitter.com/AFNCVLE5K9— Myear (@Missmyear) July 10, 2018
You are another heroine❤️❤️❤️🌻— SBinTucson (@tucson_s) July 10, 2018
Hahahahaha! A #masterclass 👏— Jsin Graham (@thejsingraham) July 10, 2018
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