Petition Closed

Discrimination is illegal. It is not less of a crime just because the victims often go unheard. The scars left last a lifetime. Men and women have sacrificed their lives and freedom for the rights we the civil rights we have today. Yet for a young black woman with a big bag these rights were ignored.

I went to Acme Supermarkets in Dover, DE, November 10, 2010 around 7:15pm to buy some food after class. I walked around looking for the items I wanted. Then I asked a frozen-food stocker where the Hillshire sausage was. We searched around, then went to the deli section where I saw a man in an apron walk into the back. She said let me ask someone in the deli and walked in the back after him. Then a few seconds later she came back and said they must have all left. She then showed me the alternative version and I continued shopping. I put the alternative summer suasage and rasin bread into my hand basket. I was walking down the condiment aisle when a man named Kevin wearing a Acme shirt said to me, "We have you on camera stealing, and an employee saw you stealing. Come to the front office." I smiled at first because I thought it was a joke. He said, "If you're not stealing, open your bag. If you didn't steal anything we'll give you a gift card." I opened the big part  and he looked in and saw there was nothing stolen. Then he said, "And the other part." I opened the little part and he saw there was nothing stolen. He said, "When you come to the front ask for me and I'll give you a $5 gift card." I was humiliated and embarrassed. I put back the two items I was going to buy and walked to the front of the store by the customer service desk. I asked for Kevin. An employee walked towards the front office and the other employees said here he is. Kevin and I walked towards each other and he handed me a $5 gift card. He said, "You probably dropped them out of your bag, but I can't prove it." As I left the store the employees in the front of the store all laughed loudly. I got in my car, called my mother, and drove home.

I hope with this petition even if I never see justice, someone else will be prevented from experiencing the humiliation and pain I have.  

 

Letter to
President Pro Tempore Anthony J. DeLuca
Representative Donald A. Blakey
Fourth District Representative David L. Anderson
and 36 others
Second District Representative William P. McGlumphy
At-Large Representative Thomas J. Leary
Mayor Carleton E. Carey, Sr.
Fourth District Representative Sophia R. Russell
First District Representative James L. Hutchison, Sr.
Third District Representative David L. Bonar
Commissioner Levy Court District 2 Bradley S. Eaby
Associate Attorney General Justice Department Thomas J. Perrelli
EEOC
Senator Harris B. McDowell III
Representative William J. Carson
Assistant Attorney General Justice Department Thomas E. Perez
Attorney General Justice Department Eric Holder
Delaware State News
NBC Philadelphia
Representative Michael A. Barbieri
Representative John C. Atkins
Representative Debra J. Heffernan
Senator Bruce C. Ennis
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry
Senator Michael S. Katz
Senator Karen E. Peterson
Senate Minority Leader F. Gary Simpson
Representative E. Bradford Bennett
Representative Stephanie T. Bolden
Supervalu CEO and President Craig R. Herkert
Supervalu Director, Media Relations Jeff S. Swanson
Senator George H. Bunting Jr.
Senate Majority Leader Patricia M. Blevins
Senator David P. Sokola
Senator Robert L. Venables Sr.
Senator David G. Lawson
Representative Gerald L. Brady
Representative Melanie L George
Speaker of the House Robert F. Gilligan
Editor Philly News
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Acme Markets.

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Discrimination is illegal. It is not less of a crime just because the victims often go unheard. The scars left last a lifetime. Men and women have sacrificed their lives and freedom for the rights we the civil rights we have today. Yet for a young black woman with a big bag these rights were ignored.

I went to Acme Supermarkets November 10, 2010 around 7:15pm to buy some food after class. I walked around looking for the items I wanted. Then I asked a frozen-food stocker where the Hillshire sausage was. We searched around, then went to the deli section where I saw a man in an apron walk into the back. She said let me ask someone in the deli and walked in the back after him. Then a few seconds later she came back and said they must have all left. She then showed me the alternative version and I continued shopping. I put the alternative summer sausage and raisin bread into my hand basket. I was walking down the condiment aisle when a man named Kevin wearing a Acme shirt said to me, "We have you on camera stealing, and an employee saw you stealing. Come to the front office." I smiled at first because I thought it was a joke. He said, "If you're not stealing, open your bag. If you didn't steal anything we'll give you a gift card." I opened the big part and he looked in and saw there was nothing stolen. Then he said, "And the other part." I opened the little part and he saw there was nothing stolen. He said, "When you come to the front ask for me and I'll give you a $5 gift card." I was humiliated and embarrassed. I put back the two items I was going to buy and walked to the front of the store by the customer service desk. I asked for Kevin. An employee walked towards the front office and the other employees said here he is. Kevin and I walked towards each other and he handed me a $5 gift card. He said, "You probably dropped them out of your bag, but I can't prove it." As I left the store the employees in the front of the store all laughed loudly. I got in my car, called my mother, and drove home.

I hope with this petition even if I never see justice, someone else will be prevented from experiencing the humiliation and pain I have.


Thank you for your attention,

I look forward to hearing from you.