Perspectives on Race

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Supermarket racism

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While I was at a supermarket the other day, a young black woman was attempting to cash her check,  so I let her skip me in the line.  The cashier (who is the assistant to the assistant store manager, but was filling in that day because they were short on staff) told her that they could not cash her check because they did not know the bank that the check was from.  The black woman replied: “But I cash my check here all the time.” Once again, the cashier told her no. The woman became upset and said that this white cashier was being racist towards her.  She called on another cashier and told her: “remember when you cashed my check last week? There was no problem then! But now this other woman over here is giving me problems, she must be racist.”  The cashier became very upset and asked the customer to leave and informed the customer that she was not allowed back into the supermarket! After the customer left, the cashier left her post and went to inform everyone that she had a customer that “pulled the race card” on her.  What do you all think of this. Was the black customer overreacting, or could the cashier have handled the situation in a different manner?


Written by Antoinette Lester

December 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. i think this a situation where you had to be there. It sounds like the story would go both ways.


    December 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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