GRESHAM, Ore. — A woman who offered to pay the $12 difference in a customer’s grocery bill was admonished by the cashier for trying to help someone who already “gets her free stuff.”
"(I) said, 'I will pay,' and she said, 'No!' Very abruptly," Carroll told KATU. "Literally, she raised her voice and said, 'No, you don't need to do that.'"
Carroll insisted on helping.
"I go, 'Well, I don’t mind, just let her have her stuff,’” she said. “'No! You’re not going to do that. She has WIC. She gets her free stuff.'"
The woman, who was black, left the store with only the items she was able to afford.
Carroll said the cashier, who was a white woman in her 60s, continued to rail against welfare recipients.
“That’s why they have babies, so they can keep on getting all of the free stuff.”
Carroll called the store when she got home and talked to the manager. Then she posted about the experience on Facebook.
Albertsons told KATU the incident is under investigation.
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