Black Woman Accuses Victoria’s Secret For Kicking Her Out

Kimberly Houzah, a Mississippi Black woman says an employee at the Alabama store of Victoria’s Secret walked her out because of her skin colour.

A Mississippi Black woman claims that she was asked to leave Victoria’s Secret simply because she is Black, according to The Grio.

According to Kimberly Houzah, the management at the store asked her to leave after another Black woman was caught shoplifting there. She claimed that both she and another black woman were asked to leave the store in an 11-minute video posted to Facebook.

I never would have thought that would happen to me,” she says in the video. “They didn’t check my bag.”

She continues to walk out of the store before bursting into tears.

I don’t feel like everybody’s racist,” she says. “I’m not understanding what’s the problem. It’s completely absurd. I got put out of Victoria’s Secret just for being Black…I can buy anything in there I want. Are you kidding me? I’m so upset.”

Meanwhile, a corporate spokeswoman for Victoria’s Secret says the company is aware of the incident and is looking into it, the AL.com states.

We are aware of the situation,” a spokeswoman said. “We are currently putting together all the information we can gather.”

“We are aware of the situation,” a spokeswoman said. “We are currently putting together all the information we can gather.”

The company expects to release a statement later.

The Black woman, Kimberly Houzah, a traveling nurse who is a native of Calhoun County, made a Facebook Live video in which she can be seen in Victoria’s Secret store inside Quintard Mall. She claims in the video she was told to leave the store by management after another black woman was caught shoplifting.

In the 11-minute video, Houzah says she is a regular customer of Victoria’s Secret. When another woman, who she says she did not know, was caught shoplifting, she and another Black woman were told to leave.

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said no one was arrested in connection with the shoplifting incident that occurred at the store. Capt. L.G. Owens said a person was apparently stopped by employees for shoplifting and the property remained in the store, but police were not notified at the time.

Victoria’s Secret said this evening an employee who reportedly told two Black women to leave a store in Oxford’s Quintard Mall Wednesday is no longer with the company.

On the company’s Facebook page, Victoria’s Secret stated it had reached out to Kimberly Houzah, who recorded her experience at the store in a Facebook Live video.

We take the experience of our customer at the Quintard Mall very seriously and have reached out to her directly to express our sincere apology,” the statement reads. “What happened at our store should not have happened and does not represent who we are or what we stand for.

The store associate involved “is no longer employed with the company,” the statement continues.

“Victoria’s Secret is adamant that all customers regardless of race be treated with dignity and respect at all times,” it said.

Victoria’s Secret has apologized to a woman who posted a widely viewed video on Facebook saying she was kicked out of an Alabama store because she is a Black woman, C.N.N reports.

Kimberly Houzah says she and another Black woman were told to leave the store by someone she thought was a manager. The lingerie giant said the employee is no longer with the company.

In her video, Houzah says the incident started when a third African-American woman was allegedly accused of shoplifting on Wednesday at the store at the Quintard Mall in Oxford. The manager, Houzah says, then told her and a third black woman they needed to leave the store.

Houzah’s video begins after she has been told to leave. In the background you can hear someone saying, “I just need y’all to go.”

It appears to be an employee who is arguing with the other Black shopper. It’s not clear from the video if the employee is white or Black.

Most of the 11-minute video is Houzah recording her reaction to the incident.

She says she and the other woman didn’t go to the store together. “I don’t feel like everybody racist,” Houzah said “But I’m just trying to understand why, ’cause we just happened to be three black women in Victoria’s Secret … that we gotta be together.”

It is an unfortunate incident indeed; Houzah had to pay for the action of another Black woman. Yes, we are all Black people but that doesn’t mean one irresponsible action of one person is the true reflection of the entire Black race. We thereby encourage our fellow Blacks to desist from such unlawful practices. We are known to be well civilized so let’s all try to maintain that fine image we portray.

 

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