From racial profiling in luxury boutiques to the embarrassing lack of stores that carry plus sizes, it seems as if marginalized groups rarely get a break when it comes to shopping.
As Oscar-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe shared in a personal essay, shoppers should be treated equally regardless of their skin color, size, or in her case, fame.
In an essay for Lena Dunham's "Lenny Letter," Sidibe shared her experience of being disregarded in a Chicago Chanel store.
Sidibe said she eventually received decent treatment in the store, but only after salespeople of color recognized her.
"All of a sudden, the woman who had pointed me out of the store let me know that even though they didn't have eye glasses, the shades they carried actually doubled as eye glass frames, so I should take a look at the shades I'd come to look at in the first place. Just like that, I went from being an inconvenience to a customer," she said.
Later on, when she had the opportunity to share what happened on a customer survey, Sidibe said she felt conflicted about how a bad review might impact the employee's job.
"No matter how dressed up I get, I'm never going to be able to dress up my skin color to look like what certain people perceive to be an actual customer," she wrote.
Sidibe also noted how her size might have been a factor: "To be fair, I don't know why that saleswoman didn't want to help me. I suspect it's because I'm Black, but it could also be because I'm fat. Maybe my whole life, every time I thought someone was being racist, they were actually mistreating me because I'm fat."
She ended her Lenny Letter with this quip that makes us want to stand up and clap:
"Does it matter whether my waist is wide or if my skin is black as long as my money is green?"
Hopefully her story will encourage stores to treat all customers equally.
h/t Lenny Letter