Zendaya Alleges Clerk Refused to Sell Her $400 in Gift Cards Because of Her 'Skin Tone'

Zendaya says the worker threw her wallet after telling her she couldn't afford the gift cards she was purchasing


Zendaya has alleged she was the victim of racism at a supermarket – with the clerk allegedly refusing to serve her and throwing her wallet back at her when she tried to buy $400 in gift cards.

“The lady that was helping us… I don’t think she was a huge fan of our skin tone,” the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress told fans on Snapchat Tuesday night.

Zendaya alleged the clerk told her she couldn’t afford the gift cards before throwing her wallet, causing her cards to fall out.

“I can’t make this s— up!” she told the camera.

The 20-year-old star said, “This is what we deal with…” – before her male friend added, “Because we’re black.”

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” ‘You can’t afford this,’ is how she looked at me,” Zendaya added. “It was $400!”

Eventually, a manager was able to help Zendaya purchase the gift cards, she said.

Zendaya alleged the incident happened at Vons supermarket. Reps for the chain did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday.

“Long story short, there’s so much progress to be done in our world,” Zendaya said.

Zendaya was previously on the receiving end of a racially-charged comment when E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic judged her Oscars look on Fashion Police. Rancic said Zendaya looked like she smelled of “weed” and “patchouli” because of her dreadlocks.

Rancic apologized, but not before the incident caused controversy.

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