Shaunda McDaniel and Tammi Robinson thought a trip to Victoria’s Secret would end with an abundance of lacey items on sale. However, their shopping spree turned from fun to infuriating due to the racially charged actions of a manager.
The two women visited the Beverly Center location in Los Angeles. Both McDaniel and Robinson are Black women, yet in no way were they expecting to be treated different than any other shopper.
They admitted that the neighborhood is a predominantly white and affluent area, yet they were surprised to be treated like second-class citizens when a scuffle with another shopper escalated.
The women claimed that while they were shopping, a white woman shoved and pushed them, and when they requested an apology, the woman responded, “I'm saying nothing to you.”
Initially, one of the location’s managers arrived on the scene and said that she would call security to investigate the situation. The woman reportedly continued to be rude to McDaniel and Robinson while they waited for security.
However, they were surprised to find another manager approach them with no security officer in sight. Not only was the situation never investigated, but the manager also blamed both McDaniel and Robinson for the incident and told them that they were not permitted in the store.
No action appeared to be taken toward the woman who started the shoving and she was actually apologized to and told to continue shopping. McDaniel and Robinson felt that they were unfairly treated as criminals and filed a $4 million lawsuit that reports that the company engaged in negligence, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest and violations of various state codes.
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