In some way, shape or form, discrimination has become a part of our daily life. Either by experiencing it personally or witnessing it in your natural surroundings, hurtful perceptions regarding health, gender and race are fast becoming the most talked about problem on the Internet. And now a 19-year-old Canadian beauty vlogger is speaking up about her recent ordeal in Walmart when she was asked not to try on clothing because she would “stretch it”.
Shiann Friesen, known as ShiCurves by her followers, shared a video late January in which she shares a traumatic shopping encounter with a severely discriminatory Walmart employee. After being told that a Christmas themed jumper was “obviously not going to fit [her]”, Shiann then had the item of clothing literally removed from her hands before being encouraged not to “push it”.
Shiann talks more about her experience in the video below, as well as revealing some incredibly uncomfortable material of the conversation with the Walmart employee, which she was able to catch entirely on her smart phone.
In the heart-breaking video, Shiaan talks about how she felt hurt and discriminated against by the encounter, which is what compelled her to confront the Walmart employee in order to educate her about how it feels to have prejudices placed upon her. We’ve transcribed the conversation for you below;
- Shiann: “Sorry, I’m really confused, what were you asking me not to do?”
- Employee: “Just don’t try to push it”
- Shiann: “I don’t understand”
- Employee: “Just don’t try to put on something that’s obviously not going to fit. That’s all I’m asking. Just don’t stretch it. That’s all I’m asking. I’m not trying to be impertinent or anything”
Since the video has been uploaded, Walmart Canada has reached out to Shiann to inform her that policing what the customers want to try on is not part of store policy, opposite to what the employee stated in her video. Alex Roberton, senior director of corporate affairs at Walmart stated that, “One of our core beliefs is respect for the individual, that’s certainly paramount”.
Shiann has received further apologies on behalf of Walmart Canada as well as a flood of support on Twitter and other social media about other experiences with fat shaming in other stores. She says that, “since making my story public on my YouTube channel, I have had viewers come forward with times they’ve been discriminated against and some of those stories are from being ‘too thin'”.
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