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voiceofreason
04-15-2017, 06:11 AM
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/13/irvine-woman-files-lawsuit-against-safeway/

California woman sues Albertsons after clerk wrongly assumes she’s on food stamps

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UPDATED: April 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

An African-American woman filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, April 10, against Albertsons and its parent company, Safeway, alleging that its managers took no steps to correct or apologize for the actions of a checkout clerk at an Irvine store who incorrectly assumed the woman was on food stamps.

Jenna Watkinson, a spokeswoman for Safeway, said company officials have not seen the lawsuit and “do not comment on pending litigation.”

“However, any time we interact with a customer, our goal is to ensure that they are treated with the utmost respect and courtesy,” she said Wednesday.

Deirdre Harris, 42, who filed the lawsuit, said the incident occurred Jan. 27 at the Albertsons at Alton Avenue and Culver Street. Harris said she was trying to pull out a debit card from her phone case to pay for the items, when the checkout clerk asked her if she wanted to use her EBT card.

“What exactly did you say?” Harris asked the clerk.

The clerk repeated her question and asked if she wanted to use food stamps.

“I felt completely demoralized,”:( said Harris, an Orange County native who grew up in Huntington Beach, works as a fashion brand consultant, and has lived in Irvine for 22 years. “For me, it was a very clear reminder — a painful reminder — that we do not live in a post-racial era.”:cool: