Listings in Black Shopping

Most commonly, "black shopping" involves a black person being followed around or closely monitored by a clerk or guard who suspects he or she may steal, but it can also involve being denied store access, being refused service, use of ethnic slurs, being searched, being asked for extra forms of papers, having purchases limited, being required to have a higher credit limit than other customers, being charged a higher price, or being asked more rigorous questions on forms. It could also mean a request for any item the store actually carries being denied with the store attendant claiming that the item doesn't exist or is not in stock. This can be the result of store policy or individual employee prejudice. Consumer racial profiling occurs in many retail environments including grocery stores, clothing shops, department stores, and office supply shops, and companies accused of consumer racial profiling have included Eddie Bauer, Office Max, Wal-Mart, Sears, Dillard's, Macy's, and Home Depot.

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