March 10, 2010
I have been a loyal customer of Safeway located down the street from my house for over 15 years. THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR....Now I can empathize with my boyfriend (who is Hispanic) when he talks about racial profiling and being watched.
I am a loyal patron of my local Safeway grocery store. Many employees have watched me grow into a young adult. However, on March 10, 2010 I was dropping off a prescription at the pharmacy in the store at around 3pm and decided to buy some milk and extra groceries.
I noticed this big caucasian man in street clothes follow me around for the first 10 minutes while I did my grocery shopping. He was such a clumsy a*s trying to be discrete about following me around he knocked over a display stand of cashews..
Trying not to think of the store stalker I leave the store with my groceries at 3:45pm
I later returned to Safeway at 5pm with my boyfriend to pick up my prescription and find some food for dinner AND WHO DO I SEE!!!??? that same man is there!!!! with his mock grocery basket and cell phone following my boyfriend and I around the store.
Giving him the benefit of the doubt, we walk on by the trained racist under cover security guard...My boyfriend and I started from one corner of the store(the pharmacy) and casually walked all the way to Deli across the way.. AND WHo was there???!!! the Same guy who was undercover security...with another buddy of his in a grey sweatshirt.
Fed up with the Mockery of being followed in MY local Safeway I confronted him and asked if I could help him and why he was following us. I called him out! The man was in shock and denied my accusations in anger as he ( a 6'ft white man around 210lbs ) screamed at me(4'11 119lbs Filipino woman) at the deli calling me the "creep."
Frustrated and angry, I walk away and to the cashier/supervisor(I believe his name is Muhammed) and told him my situation. He then gently takes me aside and notifies me of the fact that they are security.
I calmed down a bit after talking to the supervisor. My boyfriend and I left without dinner from Safeway. We ended up going to Subway next door.
I left having those "undercover" security win the battle...but they will NOT win the war... This is unjust and discriminative...Something needs to be done!!!