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.
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