Food Lion grocery stores discriminated against me because I am black!

Food Lion racial discrimination against blacks

Food Lion racially discriminated against me because of the color of my skin – they wouldn't hire me because I was black!


I went to my local Food Lion grocery store and filled out an application for a job. I was just out of high school and needed a job to help pay for my classes at the local community college and gas. So I filled out the job application while I was there and while I was doing that I overheard one of the managers telling a white person that was inquiring about jobs that they were hiring immediately for cashiers and baggers.

So I filled out my job application and felt good as I had strong references. I gave my job application to one of the managers and they said they would call me if everything checked out. I had received a phone call in three days, so I called the Food Lion store and inquired as to my job application and if they were still hiring. They said no they were hiring right now but that they would keep my application on file.

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One week later I went into that same Food Lion to buy some groceries and I saw that white person working as a cashier that was their inquiring about jobs when I was filling out a job application. That person had just inquired about the jobs and had not even filled out an application yet. Mine had to have been in front of his and yet he was hired and was told that they were hiring immediately for cashiers and baggers.

I was never told any of this about that they’re hiring for cashiers and baggers.  When I asked if they were hiring and for a job application they just handed me the job application and told me to fill it out.  But see, the white person hadn’t even fill out a job application nor did he ask for one and just inquired if they were hiring and he was told that they were immediately hiring for cashiers and baggers.

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Then, he was hired before me.  I was told when I called back that they weren’t even hiring!  One can only conclude from this that this is a case of blatant discrimination against black people!  And yes I have gone back to Food Lion several times since then as this actually occurred last summer.  And they have hired numerous white people since then.  But they never called me once.

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Since blatant racial discrimination I have vowed to myself that I will never do business in an establishment like Food Lion ever again.  I may be only one person but hopefully through this website, ReportYourComplaint.com, my voice will be heard by the masses and something will be done about this.  I am not out for financial gain or to sue Food Lion for racial discrimination, I am just looking to have situations like this corrected so it doesn’t happen to anyone else that is black or another minority that might be discriminated against.

Racial discrimination is not only wrong but it is unethical and it should not exist like this in the year 2010.  I have since found a great job at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores where I am a stellar employee and my future plans are to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney so that I can help correct situations and experiences  like the one I had at Food Lion.


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13 Responses to Food Lion grocery stores discriminated against me because I am black!

  1. Paul T. on June 1, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Food lion sucks – they play pricing games. For instance, at Thanksgiving time they advertise turkeys for $.69 per pound, but then the very, very small print that you probably can’t see says you must buy $100 or so of food to qualify else you pay something like $2.49 per pound – even if you have a MVP card! I don’t like stores that play games like that! Because of that I refuse to shop at Food Lion, besides their prices are terrible. Everything costs so much more than at Wal-Mart. There is no deals to be found at Food Lion. Food Lion sucks.

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  2. Janice Miller on June 2, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    NOTE — This comment is obviously written by an employee of Food Lion as you can see in the text. — NOTE

    I work at Food Lion in Fayetteville Georgia, what this young lady said about Food Lion discriminating is a lie, in fact her entire compliant is false. Fodd Lion does NOT take applications on paper all hiring is done after you apply online. As for Food Lion prices, we are now doubling all coupons up to 60 cents, we are also taking all competitors coupons and matching all advertised prices at other grocers.

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  3. Wanda P. on June 3, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    I love Food Lion. They have the cutest baggers and helpers and they are always very nice to me. So what if I pay an extra $25 every time I buy groceries. I think the cute workers are worth it.

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  4. Lisa on September 9, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Food Lion is promoting blacks without the proper experience to be managers and causing people to loss there jobs. The Charlotte Gaston area has 2 managers who are black and are extremely racist against whites. Firing whites to hire black. No one should be discriminated against.

    letters have been written to Ms. Green and she does not even care.

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  5. Elvin Kemp on September 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Food Lion sucks. Wal-Mart always has better prices on everything. I can get twice as much groceries at Wal-Mart as I can at Foodlion.

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  6. King Verma on October 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    I don’t shop at Foodlion because it is beneath me.

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  7. Scotty B on October 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Food Lion sucks. Their prices are way too high and their employees are dumb and unfriendly. Wal-Mart is far better.

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  8. Word_Up_Guy on November 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Ummm, this seems hard to believe considering most of the folks working at the Food Lion in my area are not white.

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  9. bob johnson on March 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Excuse me!!! Did you get taught that if you don’t get your way, scream “racism, discrimination”??
    Seems that is the order of the day since Kennedy and Johnson did the “Lincoln thing”.

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  10. Adelee Lopez on May 7, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    I absolutely believe that Food Lion is racist in general. Extremely so. I have had numerous African-American and Latino-American friends, including myself, who have been told to leave the store by being told, quote, “We don’t want YOUR business.” What do “cute cashiers” matter where we are talking about racial prejudice and discrimination? Not at all. Though I have seen African-American employees (by that, I mean ONE) at Food Lion, the only time i have ever seen one was whenever she came out of the back room. The vast majority of non-caucasians working at Food Lion, if there is many, I NEVER see them, except for one time; and I have asked many of my caucasian friends. This establishment is terrible. Anyone who’s trying to say that people like us are just shouting “RACISM!!!” is trying to defend their own prejudices, hidden or not. I am appalled that somebody would even consider that another person would falsely accuse false racism.

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