Zendaya Claims She was Refused Service Because of the Color of Her Skin

Zendaya has never been one to stray away from the limelight when it comes to racial issues. When Giuliana Rancic examined the Disney star’s 2015 Academy Awards look and said she “smelled like patchouli oil and weed,” Zendaya immediately fought back with a lengthy Instagram post regarding the racist comment. Now she’s doing the same thing with a rude sales associate.

After grocery shopping with her friend Tuesday afternoon, the 20-year-old actress shared a Snapchat story with followers about a racist encounter they had with a sales clerk.

“So we just got out of this Vons. Now, I am trying to buy a lot of gift cards. Now, there’s some certain, specific things you have to do when it comes to buying gift cards,” Zendaya said. “There are certain limits and some things, which is understandable. OK, cool. So I’ll take a less amount, whatever. But the lady that was helping us—I don’t think she was a fan of our skin tone.”

Zendaya’s friend added, “Not at all. She was rude.”

“Extremely,” the actress said in agreement. “In fact, I recall her not trying to help us at all, saying that we couldn’t buy the gift cards, and then throwing my wallet. You can’t make this s–t up. I just can’t make this s–t up! You know? This is what we deal with!” Zendaya said, adding that the sales clerk gave her a nasty look insinuating, “You can’t afford this.” But, according to the popular celeb, “It was $400!”

“Long story short,” Zendaya said, “there is so much progress to be done in our world.” Still, the sales clerk’s attitude still shocked her. “My cards were loose. So, like, my card fell on the scanner, and she was about to keep scanning the next person. I was like, ‘That’s my card! What are you doing?'” she shared. “You know what? It’s all love. Maybe she’ll go on to have a wonderful life.”

When Zendaya returned home, she sent out another Snapchat video thanking the store’s manager “for coming out and helping” after her experience with the sales clerk. “Got my gift cards!” she said.

The grocery store has yet to make an official comment about the incident.

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