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‘Segregation’ lawsuit? Here’s why it’s not ‘discrimination’ for Walmart to lock up products

Essie Grundy (L) sits beside attorney Gloria Allred as they announce their race discrimination lawsuit against retail giant Walmart in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018. Essie claims that on a shopping trip to her local Walmart she discovered that all the hair products used specifically by African Americans were locked away in glass anti-theft cabinets, whereas all hair products used by others were left on open shelves. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

What happened?

A California woman is suing Walmart after an unfortunate trip where she claims she faced discrimination for asking for a product designed for black hair.

“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,” Essie Grundy told reporters. “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.”

What is the evidence of discrimination in her case?

Attorney Gloria Allred is representing Grundy. In a statement, the lawyer claimed that Grundy found “segregated” products kept under glass at the Walmart and wasn’t allowed to touch a product she wanted to buy until she paid for it, NBC Los Angeles reported.

How has Walmart responded?

A Walmart spokesperson said in a statement: “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.”

Doc and Lawrence talked about this story on today’s show, with Lawrence pointing out that the items that are kept behind glass tend to vary from store to store. You can’t claim discrimination for practical measures that stores use to reduce theft.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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