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Vons Says Zendaya Incident Was Not Racism (Video)

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Actress and singer Zendaya has alleged a store clerk at Vons supermarket behaved in a racist manner towards her (video below).

She alleged that the woman refused to sell her $400 worth of gift cards Sept. 6 because of her skin color, but a spokesperson for Vons gave a different version of events to TMZ.

“The lady that was helping us... I don't think she was a huge fan of our skin tone,” Zendaya said on Snapchat, People reported.

Zendaya stated that the woman threw her wallet back at her, causing her cards to fall out.

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“‘You can't afford this,' is how she looked at me,” she said.

“I can't make this s--- up!” she added.

later in the clip, Zendaya said, “This is what we deal with,” before her male friend added, “Because we’re black.”

Zendaya explained that a manager stepped in to process the purchase.

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

A Vons spokesperson contradicted the actress’s account, telling TMZ the store has a policy of only allowing customers to buy $200 worth of gift cards on a credit card. It added that a store manager made an accommodation to permit Zendaya to make the $400 purchase.

The incident occurred just days after Zendaya celebrated her 20th birthday.

According to Daily Mail, Zendaya went shopping in her luxury Lexus RC 350 Sept. 2 to Fred Segal in West Hollywood.

The issue of racism came up in a previous incident involving Zendaya when an anchor for E! News made comments about her Oscars outfit.

Sources: People, TMZ, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Zendaya/Instagram via People

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