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BIRMINGHAM, Ala -- A Winn-Dixie shopper has reportedly alleged that Jacksonville, Fla.-based Winn-Dixie has one check acceptance policy for white neighborhoods and another for black neighborhoods in Birmingham, Ala.
The plaintiff, Gerald David, filed the federal lawsuit in Birmingham last week, according to a report in the Birmingham News. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of all Winn-Dixie customers who have faced similar treatment.
Winn-Dixie was reported to have said the suit was without merit and that it would contest the action. The chain Winn-Dixie could not be reached for comment by press time.
Davis, who is black, claimed that the Winn-Dixie store in the predominantly black Five Points West neighborhood refused to allow him to write a check for more than the amount of purchase, according to reports. However, the Winn-Dixie store on Montevallo Road, in a predominantly white neighborhood, allows shoppers to obtain cash by writing checks for more than the amount of the purchase, he said in the lawsuit.