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Disney Channel Star Zendaya Says She Was Refused Service Because of Her 'Skin Tone'

"You can't make this s--t up. I just can't make this s--t up!" Zendaya said on Snapchat

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    Zendaya isn't one to suffer in silence.

    After grocery shopping with a friend Tuesday afternoon, the 20-year-old "K.C. Undercover" star shared a Snapchat story in which she detailed their disappointing encounter with a sales clerk.

    "So we just got out of this Vons. Now, I am trying to buy a lot of gift cards. Now, there's some certain, specific things you have to do when it comes to buying gift cards," Zendaya said. "There are certain limits and some things, which is understandable. OK, cool. So, I'll take a less amount, whatever. But the lady that was helping us--I don't think she was a fan of our skin tone."

    "Not at all," Zendaya's friend chimed in. "She was rude."

    "Extremely," the actress agreed.

    "In fact, I recall her not trying to help us at all, saying that we couldn't buy the gift cards, and then throwing my wallet. You can't make this s--t up. I just can't make this s--t up! You know? This is what we deal with!" Zendaya said, adding that the sales clerk gave her a nasty look as if to convey the message, "You can't afford this." But, according to the Disney star, "It was $400!"

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    "Long story short," Zendaya said, "there is so much progress to be done in our world."

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    Still, the sales clerk's demeanor shocked her. "My cards were loose. So, like, my card fell on the scanner, and she was about to keep scanning the next person. I was like, 'That's my card! What are you doing?'" she shared. "You know what? It's all love. Maybe she'll go on to have a wonderful life."

    Later, after she had returned home, Zendaya gave a "shout-out" to the store's manager "for coming out and helping" after her experience with the sales clerk. "Got my gift cards!" she said.

    Vons has not commented on the incident on its social media accounts.

    Zendaya was most recently the target of Internet trolls upset the actress was cast in the upcoming film "Spiderman: Homecoming" as the character Mary Jane, a role that has traditionally been cast for a white actor.