** CLARIFICATION: NCTV17 reached out to the floral manager and at the time of this report had not received a response.
This afternoon a group of around 20 gathered for a protest on the sidewalk in front of Jewel-Osco on 95th Street and Route 59.
Incident on Mother’s Day
Naperville resident Denise Dawidowski said she was with her 19-year-old daughter on Mother’s Day at this location and as she was arranging flowers from two bouquets a floral manager came up to her and asked what she was doing.
After the incident, Dawidowski said she called both the 95th Street location and Jewel-Osco corporate office and was told the manager was still working at the location, prompting her to organize the protest.
Protest at Jewel-Osco
“What action are they taking? Because I would think the action would be grounds for termination. You do not touch someone in a pandemic. You don’t touch someone without permission. And you’re an employee doing this to a customer. Not OK,” said Dawidowski. “I hope Jewel-Osco will train their employees, especially higher up management on how to handle situations such as this especially because I feel like it was handled inappropriately.”
“If the police had been called, I don’t know how that would have turned out. Me being a black woman and the floral manager being a white woman,” said Dawidowski. “And this happened on Mother’s Day, May 10. And it was hurtful. It actually ruined my Mother’s Day because I just couldn’t get past how I was treated and then the fact that it wasn’t taken seriously by a company.”
NCTV17 reached out to Jewel-Osco corporation for comment but did not receive a response.
Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.
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