Kim­ber­ly Houzah was shop­ping at a Victoria’s Secret in Quin­tard Mall in Oxford, Alaba­ma when a black woman was caught shoplift­ing. Instead of doing the sen­si­cal thing and remov­ing the woman caught shoplift­ing, store man­age­ment ordered all black women in the store to leave, despite the fact they had arrived sep­a­rate­ly and did not know each oth­er. Man­age­ment did not check their bags or accuse them of steal­ing, sim­ply asked them to leave.

Houzah, a nurse, video­taped the inci­dent and can be heard shar­ing con­tact infor­ma­tion with anoth­er incred­u­lous black woman who was asked to leave. She remains calm through­out the humil­i­at­ing encounter but even­tu­al­ly breaks down in tears. At one point she says, “I nev­er nev­er would have thought in Amer­i­ca that that would hap­pen to me.” 

Watch below.


Victoria’s Secret has issued an apol­o­gy on its Face­book page;

“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. 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 in this mat­ter is no longer employed with the com­pa­ny. Victoria’s Secret is adamant that all cus­tomers regard­less of race be treat­ed with dig­ni­ty and respect at all times.”


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Black Peo­ple (most­ly men) com­mit a gross­ly dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of crime


There is no way on God’s green earth can any­one make me leave an estab­lish­ment just because i share the same eth­nic­i­ty with a thief! They would have to phys­i­cal­ly remove me, hence a law­suit and that would go for the humil­i­a­tion. I will first call the police and make sure the news media is aware of what hap­pened. Why in the world would she leave? That’s so ridicu­lous!

Chocolate swirl

Fel­low black beau­ties please patron­ize Nubian skin. They have fab lin­gerie. It’s black owned too.


i dont under­stand why she start­ed cry­ing. these white folks put you out the store, lit­er­al­ly, and you’re hurt because you can’t spend your mon­ey there…? why?


Why do you insist on putting down someone’s nat­ur­al reac­tion to being insult­ed, ostra­cized and humil­i­at­ed? Your judg­ment is mis­placed, save your vit­ri­ol for the store asso­ciate who put her in that posi­tion, not a vic­tim of racism for sim­ply react­ing to racism.

The FACT of the mat­ter is this. RACISM has been here for hun­dreds of years & despite what peo­ple may think or want, it’s NEVER going any­where. Peri­od. After this entire time and after know­ing this, some peo­ple are not well equipped to han­dle it. Why is it shock­ing? Because it hap­pened to her? Did she think it wouldn’t? This is Amer­i­ca & she live in one of the most back­wards states in the US. So yes, I am con­fused when peo­ple run away with their tail in between their legs when this is an every­day occur­ance that will con­tin­ue… Read more »

Save your opin­ion for some­body who asked for it.


Oh grow up, when you com­ment on the inter­net you’re gonna get respons­es whether you like them or not.


She cried because her ego was humil­i­at­ed pub­licly. How did you miss that?


again, why cry when faced with racism? it doesn’t make sense. racism is noth­ing new. we have dealt with it since we came here. she didn’t do any­thing wrong & she knows it. she has the biggest law­suit on her hands. don’t get mad, cry, or what­ev­er. we need to start flex­ing our pow­er and bowl ALL OF THEM over.


She’s not cry­ing because she can’t spend her mon­ey. It is not unusu­al to cry when you’re angry. Plus, what the man­ag­er did is humil­i­at­ing. Cry­ing is a com­plete­ly rea­son­able reac­tion.


sounds like she was cry­ing bc she could­nt spend mon­ey there “i come here all the time, my mom shops here. i can buy any­thing i want” she touched on being black & racism (and quick­ly moved on from it) much less than spend­ing mon­ey. If it was racism that both­ered her, she wouldve stressed that par­tic­u­lar issue, no?

Jenny Alexis
She said that she can buy any­thing in there that she wants, not because she’s mad that she can’t spend mon­ey there but because she’s get­ting thrown out for no rea­son. There’s no rea­son for her to steal any­thing because she has shopped there before and her moth­er has too. She can buy any­thing in there that she wants. She doesn’t have to steal. That’s basi­cal­ly what’s she’s say­ing. Not in a pris­sy “Do you know who I am? I can afford this whole store” type of way, but a “what do i have to steal for? i can afford… Read more »

What a joke. It’s usu­al­ly white kids and young adults rob­bing these stores blind because they know they can get away with it!!!

Chocolate swirl

In col­lege, there was a group I knew the black girls in the group dis­tract­ed the atten­dants while the white girls shoplift­ed. They share what­ev­er they loot­ed too. Smh. They always laughed about how fool­ish they are to only mon­i­tor blacks.


Had a very racist expe­ri­ence at an Anthro­polo­gie in Savan­nah, but nev­er had a prob­lem at any of their loca­tions in my area. I believe in lodg­ing a com­plaint to cor­po­rate. They can only mon­i­tor bad man­agers so much, but it is their respon­si­bil­i­ty to act accord­ing­ly should a man­ag­er or oth­er staff mem­ber at one of their loca­tions get out of line. Kudos to Victoria’s Secret for fir­ing the racist trash. They could have turned a blind eye.

justtwo post

That’s not kudos! What are you talk­ing about? That’s clean­ing up your own mess. They should be clear­ing the peo­ple they hire. Look them up on social media, give them a ques­tion­naire — find out who they’re deal­ing with! They don’t get a pat on the back for clean­ing up their mess! White peo­ple need to get it through their heads that racism is UNACCEPTABLE. It’s not a light thing. They need to be pre­ven­ta­tive and get rid of that men­tal­i­ty and if they can’t, hire black peo­ple. It’s that sim­ple.


Good that VS fired the racist employ­ee. That’s exact­ly how to han­dle these kinds of inci­dents which are prob­a­bly going to increase under the new pres­i­den­tial admin­is­tra­tion.

justtwo post

THEY BETTER SUE THEM, and I’m DEFINITELY boy­cotting them. We should be sup­port­ing our own ANYWAY. I’ve been post­ing black­owned lin­gerie alter­na­tives all over the place. There’s Nubian Skin, Nude Barre, Aimanosi Lin­gerie, Suzy Black, Just My Jam­mies, dbleu­daz­zled, and My Lit­tle Vix­en.

Chocolate swirl

I love Nubian skin but I’ll look up the rest

Mouse bites

Not only am I shocked, but I’m also embar­rassed by this inci­dent. I used to go to the Quin­tard Mall as kid grow­ing up in Annis­ton, AL. The rea­son this hap­pen is because there is alot of racial ten­sion in that area. There are bare­ly any jobs since all the fac­to­ry jobs went over­seas.

Kudos to Vic­to­ria Secret for step­ping in swift­ly and ter­mi­nat­ing the peo­ple who are respon­si­ble for this. VS isn’t at fault here, but the racist man­age­ment. VS doesn’t deserve a boy­cott, not for this any­way.


BOYCOTT! Any­way their prod­uct are over­priced and their per­fumes smell like cheap per­fumes

Fun­ny I was in in the gro­cery store and the His­pan­ic work­er was watch­ing all the Black peo­ple very closely.…..I was off to the side wait­ing and eat­ing my blow­pop when this White lady came in with a back­pack and just start­ed grab­bing stuff, not even look­ing at what she was stuff­ing her bag with and then just existed.…the work­er didn’t see a thing of course, and I watched it all just eat­ing my blow pop.….….….… and nev­er went back.….Trump has all these bas­tards riled up even more than they were before and they are get­ting BOLD.….…..Be safe but don’t… Read more »
I can’t tell you the amount of times liv­ing in Lon­don I’ve wit­nessed white males and females in stores just help­ing them­selves to stuff and leav­ing with­out pay­ing for a damn thing yet secu­ri­ty and shop assis­tants alike feel they need to scru­ti­nise the black shop­pers. Once I decid­ed to approach the man­ag­er of a shop after I’d just wit­nessed a white male take half a shelf full of stuff and leave. The man­ag­er didn’t seem too both­ered so I said to myself you know what I’m not say­ing It always amazes me when Black peo­ple act like they don’t… Read more »
Chocolate swirl

The oth­er day at tesco the alarm went off while a white man walked off. No one chased him if he was black. We know .….

DeBorah Lenette Pollitt
DeBorah Lenette Pollitt
Be sure to sure to WRITE every one in her super­vi­so­ry line in the chain of com­mand up to and includ­ing the high­est per­son in cus­tomer rela­tions. She failed as a man­ag­er. And humil­i­at­ed you two. While she is enti­tled to have her own ideas about the hon­esty of black peo­ple, as a paid rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Victoria’s Secret she is Not enti­tled to act out her prej­u­dices at work. Unless there are con­se­quences for her behav­ior she’s unlike­ly to change it. Stick with the facts, with­out doc­u­men­ta­tion things don’t exist, And writ­ing is the most effec­tive way to respond because… Read more »

Vic­to­ria secret sent out an apol­o­gy. The employ­ee was fired alleged­ly. This is a dis­grace and absolute­ly humil­i­at­ing for these two patrons. Every­one should write Vic­to­ria secrets cor­po­rate. And boy­cott.


Why boy­cott? They fired the employ­ee. Plus eco­nom­ic impact of blacks at VS is small. So it would be use­less.


If they have act­ed effi­cient­ly and took dis­ci­pli­nary action as to sack the employee,then they are show­ing they are not stand­ing for racism and have act­ed there is no rea­son to write them if they have act­ed already..the actions of this employ­ee is of no sur­prise to me since black peo­ple are always dealt an unfair hand.


This is so out­ra­geous. Betcha some­body vot­ed Trump and fig­ured they’d play their Trump card in Trumps Amer­i­ca. SIck.

Why “In Amer­i­ca” would you have nev­er thought this would hap­pen to you? “in Amer­i­ca” this would be the FIRST place it would hap­pen to EVERY black per­son. LOL! I real­ly hope Victoria’s Secret will respond with an apol­o­gy to you, the oth­er black woman and all of their Black cus­tomers with respect to this inci­dent. They have a huge respon­si­bil­i­ty to the African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty. An African Amer­i­can mod­el TYRA BANKS brought bil­lions of African Amer­i­can dol­lars to their busi­ness just from being the most beau­ti­ful and suc­cess­ful Victoria’s Secret mod­el on their pay­roll. So if they don’t want… Read more »
justtwo post
Who cares about “if?” It already hap­pened! DO you not under­stand that we live in a racist coun­try and that Victoria’s Secret and all of these oth­er busi­ness­es have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to CLEAR the peo­ple they hire as well as train them? YOU NEED TO RAISE YOUR STANDARDS FOR YOURSELF AND FOR YOUR PEOPLE. YOU DO NOT GET TO MAKE MISTAKES WITH THINGS LIKE THIS AND COME BACK FROM IT. WE ARE BOYCOTTING THEM. IT’S OVER. WE SHOULDN’T BE SUPPORTING WHITE BUSINESSES AT THIS JUNCTION ANYWAY! TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY VOTED FOR TRUMP AND LOOK AT THE IMPACT… Read more »
Oscar Madison

Do you actu­al­ly think that racists are inca­pable of con­ceal­ing their racism in a job inter­view, appli­ca­tion, ques­tion­naire, etc.? The prob­lem was brought to the atten­tion of cor­po­rate. Cor­po­rate dealt with it swift­ly and issued an apol­o­gy. Had they not respond­ed as such then you would have stand­ing to boy­cott etc. It’s not rea­son­able to expect the Victoria’s Secret cor­po­ra­tion to end racism in Amer­i­ca. To say they don’t get to make mis­takes and come back from it is absolute­ly ridicu­lous.

justtwo post
We would have the “stand­ing” to boy­cott? You must be real­ly dense — WE ARE BOYCOTTING YOU. GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD. IT’S 2016 — IF YOU’RE WHITE AND YOU WANT OUR MONEY, CLEAN UP YOUR COMMUNITY. YOU WOULD THINK AFTER CENTURIES YOU WOULD HAVE RID YOUR COMMUNITIES OF THIS FILTHY MENTALITY BUT NO, YOU PEOPLE ARE STILL JUST AS LAZY AND ENTITLED AS YOU WERE DURING SLAVERY TIMES. THAT IS OVER AND DONE WITH. TIME IS UP.  You push anti-black/pro-white pro­pa­gan­da in your media and when your peo­ple are called out on it, you don’t want to hear about it.… Read more »
DivaStyle Coach

SO sor­ry this hap­pened to you. I shared this post and I hope that store either reas­signs or out­right REMOVES that employ­ee. Three unre­lat­ed women in a store who hap­pen to share skin tone / col­or does NOT a crime make. Time to boy­cott that par­tic­u­lar store, and if VS Cor­po­rate doesn’t do the right thing with a quick­ness, boy­cott ALL of their sto­ries!

justtwo post

Again with the “if” like you don’t under­stand 60% of white Amer­i­cans are overt racists in this coun­try. Why would you be giv­ing your mon­ey to them? Explain that to me.


I actu­al­ly don’t shop at Victoria’s Secret — but I will defend the right of ANY grown woman to shop wher­ev­er she pleas­es and NOT to be accused of some­thing she did not do.


What are you bas­ing your sta­tis­tics on please?

justtwo post

That is based on the num­ber of them who vot­ed for Trump. Any­one who would vote into pow­er some­one who has been insti­gat­ing vio­lence against black peo­ple is an overt racist to me. I don’t care what lies and ratio­nal­iza­tions they want to come up with. They don’t care about black lives so they shouldn’t be get­ting black mon­ey.


Not an accu­rate sta­tis­tic. If its 60% of whites (not sure it’s exact­ly 60) that is just of the count­ed votes. From what I read its more like 25% of the white peo­ple in the USA vot­ed for him. I like the idea to sup­port small­er (than VS) busi­ness­es though!

Jewell Singletary

Nubian Skin is a GREAT alter­na­tive to VS! Not only do they make under­gar­ments for women of var­i­ous dif­fer­ent skin tones but they are also BLACK OWNED!!!! check em out ladies!


A rea­son to boy­cott Victoria’s Secrets until Vic­to­ria secrets apol­o­gizes and puts in train­ing for their store man­agers not to judge cus­tomers by the col­or of their skin.


You have read the com­pa­ny pol­i­cy right? They already have train­ing in place. Just like you have train­ing in place for restau­rants, but still have peo­ple spit­ting in food or worse.

justtwo post

Yea because spit­ting in someone’s food is the same as acts of dis­crim­i­na­tion and racism. Girl bye. I feel bad for you white peo­ple if the major­i­ty of you think like this because you are in for a rude awak­en­ing. I’m done, and a lot of black peo­ple I know are DONE. They would have to go FAR above and beyond what they’re will­ing to to rec­ti­fy this. WE’RE NOT CHEAP ANYMORE. WE’RE NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE.


I’m so sor­ry that hap­pened to you. I wish I was there with you. I would have giv­en you a hug. I know that doesn’t fix racism, but maybe it would have made you feel more loved and more human.


peo­ple still buy that garbage? their cloth­ing is vul­gar


Call AND WRITE the Vic­to­ria Secret DISTRICT MANAGER, then call and write a let­ter to the Cor­po­rate Man­ag­er. Then send that same let­ter of com­plaint to Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau look for that Vic­to­ria Secret and paste your com­plaint let­ter!

Ole'School Soul
I’m not focus­ing on the manager’s sins…I’m focus­ing on the shoplifter for cre­at­ing this mess to begin with…Making us look bad again. Being in this place & time I’m not real­ly sur­prised by this racial injus­tice. Every prej­u­diced case & sto­ry sick­ens me because I hate hate. I hate what the man­ag­er did, there’s no excuse…but I’m hat­ing the shoplifter even more. I hate her sin. I hate her sin­ful pet­ti­ness to steal some draw­ers. I hate the fact that her crime put a tar­get on all of those oth­er inno­cent ladies’ backs. I hate the fact that every­time one black… Read more »
Me too! I get tired of hear­ing about one of my peo­ple mess­ing up. And I get a lot of stank eyes from folks for call­ing out someone’s BS. They look at me like i’m a snitch or unloy­al to my peo­ple for speak­ing the truth. I want my peo­ple to do right & live right like we sup­pose to…what’s so bad about that? And I know it’s not just my peo­ple who shoplift etc, every col­or is guilty of it. But it ain’t ok for MY PEOPLE to do it because ultimately…they did wrong and it does reflect back to… Read more »
I work in retail and white peo­ple steal ALL the time. It would be ridicu­lous if I saw a white per­son steal and told all the oth­er white peo­ple leave. What’s wrong is that the actions of one are made rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all black peo­ple. It’s society’s prob­lem. There are going to be peo­ple that steal of all races, good peo­ple of all races, bad peo­ple of all races. That’s just life. It’s like that stereo­type of Asians being bad dri­vers. If I saw an Asian per­son dri­ve bad I might be like “wow, those Asian dri­vers man.” But tons… Read more »
Chocolate swirl

Only blacks are grouped. Whites are allowed to have an indi­vid­u­al­i­ty.

Lorie V.
But why isn’t it their fault? They did wrong & there are con­se­quences & their bad actions hurt more inno­cent peo­ple than them­selves. Cause & effect…stupidity from a. trig­gered b. & hurt the c. the inno­cents ones. Shoplifter left an after­math & should get shamed for it…maybe if we start sham­ing the bad folks they’ll stop. I’m tired of a few peo­ple mess­ing up things for every­body too, it’s not fair to us. Just do right, it’s easy! I mean nobody is even focus­ing in on the shoplifter now…she start­ed it by act­ing stu­pid. She set her­self up & us. And… Read more »

I’m not their moth­er. I’m not the police. Why do I have to be held account­able for their actions?

Lorie V.

That’s my point you’re not sup­pose to be held account­able but you will inher­it some of the back­lash that you don’t deserve from it. That’s all I hear right now, because we’re not seen as indi­vid­u­als like we should be. And because self­ish peo­ple don’t hold them­selves account­able for what bad things might hap­pen to some­one inno­cent. That’s what hurt me when I read what hap­pened to those ladies, it didn’t start with racism this time… it start­ed with some­one being self­ish & hav­ing no account­abil­i­ty for her actions.

La Bandita

You’re not Black. You still blam­ing a entire race for what one per­son did. When we call ALL White peo­ple racist then you want to be seen as an indi­vid­ual. We are indi­vid­u­als. We don’t need to racial shame the Black girl, because she was tak­en into police cus­tody.

Lorie V.
Prej­u­diced white peo­ple don’t see us as indi­vid­u­als & that’s what I want my black peo­ple to start real­iz­ing espe­cial­ly the young ones, before they decide to do some­thing wrong. Their actions affect all of us, fam­i­ly, friends etc whether they intend­ed to or not. It’s not the same for white peo­ple & no it’s not fair. But that’s what we have to start teach­ing them. It’s not racial sham­ing to call out our fam­i­ly & friends for doing some­thing wrong instead of sweep­ing it under a rug. And I am Black & I want my peo­ple to do bet­ter… Read more »
La Bandita
You do have inter­nal­ized racism. 1st, you believe in the stereo­types of Black peo­ple, so you’re filled with Anti-Black thought steeped in White Suprema­cy. 2nd, you’re speak­ing about a group of Black peo­ple as if they are one per­son that you actu­al­ly know. That’s how racism works. 3rd, you unable to see the thief as a young girl that stole, was caught and tak­en into police cus­tody with­out it lead­ing you to berate an entire race of peo­ple — that’s racist. If you are Black as you say and you want Black peo­ple to do right — they you go… Read more »

Who’s glo­ri­fy­ing what you said.…..smh.….internalized racism is a bitch.…..I’ve worked in retail and all groups steal.…..respectability pol­i­tics will not shield you from racism or racists.

Lorie V.
Lis racism wasn’t the main thing that set me off in this sto­ry, the lady who stole did & she stole draw­ers. I just don’t like to see peo­ple mess up…especially my own.  Yes all groups steal but down here on this prej­u­diced Earth a black person’s sins weigh more than a white per­sons. And no being angels 100% of the time won’t pro­tect us from racism & prejudice…but we can still live right for each other’s sake, that’s my point. I don’t feel like it’s inter­nal­ized racism for call­ing out my own peo­ple, “the ones who do steal etc …to… Read more »
La Bandita

So you decide your actions on what White Peo­ple think about you, so they are basi­cal­ly mind con­trol­ling you. 

2nd you want us to racial­ly shame the girl. Her get­ting arrest­ed is not enough. You don’t see her as an indi­vid­ual who did a bad thing, but as a col­or that did a bad thing and you’re wor­ried about how it affects you — not real­ly about the girl. 

Third, if you REALLY care you would go seek out the shop lift­ing girl and speak wis­dom into her. Instead you’re bash­ing upstand­ing cit­i­zens that just want­ed some hair care tips.


How dread­ful

Miss Sophia


Celia Boyd

This is why you need to buy black and stop giv­ing your mon­ey to peo­ple that don’t respect you. Labels don’t make the woman. You can find the same or bet­ter at your black own busi­ness. Invest in your­self and stop giv­ing your mon­ey to these peo­ple. Don’t need peti­tions to get some­one fired just take your mon­ey out of their pock­ets and rein­vest in your com­mu­ni­ty. When will we learn. Once they miss out dol­lars their atti­tude will change.


“This is why you need to buy black and stop giv­ing your mon­ey to peo­ple that don’t respect you”

Then it damn sure won’t be going to the black com­mu­ni­ty! Black women get dis­re­spect­ed dai­ly there. I guess we keep our mon­ey in our pock­ets!

La Bandita

That is untrue. Stop spread­ing lies.


Your talk­ing about one per­son who has a big­ot­ed belief-it does­nt men the cor­po­ra­tion or com­pa­ny share it.


Most cor­po­ra­tions are far removed from Black people’s feel­ings or racists expe­ri­ences. It’s only when cer­tain things are brought to light do they start act­ing like they care. As Celia stat­ed invest­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties is vital. Every­one else prac­tices it so why are we still lag­ging.

justtwo post

doesn’t mat­ter.




Exact­ly this!


This is insane. I would have asked for the employ­ees name, then told her I was going to pub­lish this sto­ry with her name in it, and left, nev­er to return.


Some­one has start­ed a peti­tion to fire the man­ag­er for racial pro­fil­ing.
Here is the link if any­one would like to sign:


This is hor­ri­ble. No one should have to go through this. Some­one start­ed a peti­tion to fire the Man­ag­er fired from that store. Here is the link if every­one wants to sign

Drucilla Mcgill

The way you get mad and let them know boy­cott and stop buy­ing that garbage vs under­gar­ments don’t even fit our curvy fig­ures I bet there are whites in that store right now get­ting away with the stuff they didn’t pay for cut it up please!!!!! If you feel some­thing isn’t right trust your­self stop buy­ing white!!!!!! Stop lov­ing vs start your own busi­ness


Heart­break­ing. But this does not sur­prise me. Racist retail man­agers have been doing ish like this for years. There is noth­ing in their com­pa­ny poli­cies that tells them to pro­file and dis­crim­i­nate based on race but they are allowed to use their OWN dis­cre­tion when deal­ing with theft pre­ven­tion. Is sad to think of how many white women get away with shoplift­ing because the racist man­ag­er is all up the black woman’s ass. Then when a black girl does get caught, why would you assume all the oth­er women were affil­i­at­ed? This VS store and that man­ag­er are going down.

Janet Holmes

OOOOKAY. she lives in the deeeeep south where racism is what the cave dwellers lives and breathe and this stu­pid woman has the nerve to say she nev­er would have thought that it would hap­pen to her in Amer­i­ca. Is she on drugs or did she just fell to earth?..The lack of edu­ca­tion is a BI**H

La Bandita

Don’t call her stu­pid. She could live a pro­tect­ed bub­ble sur­round­ed by fam­i­ly that love her. It wasn’t until I trav­eled inside of Amer­i­ca and out­side of it that I under­stood real­i­ty. Edu­ca­tion in the books, but in trav­el and meet­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple is need­ed for every­one.