A Staples Contractor Got Dragged After She Was Caught On Video Wearing Blackface For A Halloween Costume at Work

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 03:  The sign logo for a Staples store is seen on February 3, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that Office Depot and Staples are in talks to merge.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Staples Contractor Got Dragged After She Was Caught On Video Wearing Blackface For A Halloween Costume at Work

She was confronted by a Black customer.

Published October 31, 2017

Controversy bloomed when a Staples contractor thought it’d be OK to work at a California store with blackface on.

  1. After all these years of being taught on social media you’d think everyone would get the memo: Blackface is NOT OK, in any circumstances. Apparently, this woman, who was a Marketsource worker there to promote Hewlett-Packard items, was either oblivious or coy about it.

    Caught on video, customer Geneen Bland, who is Black, had questions for the woman, like, “What is your costume supposed to be?”

    The contractor, whose name hasn’t been released, then replied that she was a “beauty shop customer” and pointed to the curlers in her shower cap.

    She then said it was a charcoal face mask after being pressed on why the mask was black. Also if you’re working at Staples as a contractor, why are you even wearing this at all?

    “It looks like blackface to me,” Bland replied to the questionable explanation.

    The woman said her black mask “sits better” than her green one, then apologized if Bland felt “that way.” Store managers later gave another outfit explanation and said she was a “Sharpie costume.”


    Staples and Hewlett-Packard later apologized for the contractor’s costume.

    "A representative from HP who was in one of our stores wore a costume for Halloween that they intended to have represent an office product, but didn't realize it could be considered offensive to some of our customers. While it was unintentional, it was still inappropriate and once this was raised to the representative, they immediately removed the costume."

    "Staples apologizes to any customers that may have viewed a photo of the associate on social media. We respect diversity and try to foster a sense of diversity and inclusion in our stores, as well as provide an atmosphere in which all customers feel comfortable."

    It’s interesting that no one was aware of how something really obvious could tick off one of the first customers who saw it.

    See video of the confrontation and reaction to the situation below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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