Woman finds makeup products for only darker skin colours locked in a security box sparking racism debate
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A woman who recently went to shop at a Tesco in London has called out the supermarket giant for “racism” and “prejudice”.
The shopper found that darker shades of Garnier BB cream were kept locked boxes while the lighter shades were not and admitted that she felt uneasy when she discovered that this had been done to prevent them from being stolen.
The woman made it a point to capture this in a video, which she posted on her TikTok account, saying, “Call it what you like but I call it prejudice with a dash of racism. What do you guys think over at @tesco? As if the Clubcard segregation wasn’t enough. This made me feel so sick.”
The post quickly went viral with several users expressing their disbelief and asking Tesco to explain why they had done this.
According to MyLondon, one person commented saying the decision was “unbelievable”, while another wrote, “Umm Tesco explain quickly.”
Others tried to reason with the decision behind such a step and suggested that the decisions over which products are given extra security are determined by theft statistics and do not have any racist intentions behind them. One user said: “It’s just boxed if it’s a more stolen item, facts are facts,” in a report by MyLondon.
A previous employee at Tesco explained, “As someone who did work in Tesco, I went around tagging stuff. The computer prints a list of items that have been stolen more frequently. Not people.” Another person added, “It’s because they look at their stock see the ones getting robbed and [then] put protection over it.” A Tesco spokesperson said to MyLondon, “We are deeply sorry that this has happened, and these products should clearly not have been security tagged in this way. We work hard to ensure Tesco is a place where everyone feels welcome, and we are urgently investigating this to ensure the tags are removed in this store. In addition, we have reiterated the importance of using security tags appropriately to all our stores.”