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Makeup artist brands Boots 'racist' after she finds security tags on only 'black hair care' products

Boots has been accused of racism for putting security tags on hair products for black customers but leaving ones aimed at white people untagged. 

Make-up artist Natasha Wright was upset to see the devices - designed to prevent theft - in a store on Wembley High Road in north west London.

Footage posted by Natasha on social media shows that rows of expensive hair care products aimed at white women were untagged but cost up to £10.

Natasha Wright (pictured) was upset to see the devices - designed to prevent theft - in a store on Wembley High Road in north west London

In the video Natasha (pictured) can be heard saying: 'Boots, what are you trying to say? If you think we're going to be coming into your store stealing, don't bother to stock it'

In comparison on the nearby shelf dedicated to 'black hair care' the products had small security strips attached to them even though they were priced lower

These brands included Aussie and L'Oreal hair products. 

In comparison on the nearby shelf dedicated to 'black hair care' the products had small security strips attached to them even though they were priced lower at just £5.50.

In the video Natasha can be heard saying: 'Boots, what are you trying to say? If you think we're going to be coming into your store stealing, don't bother to stock it.

She has slammed Boots for making black people 'feel like second-class citizens' in a Facebook post (pictured)

Footage posted by Natasha on social media shows that rows of expensive hair care products aimed at white women were untagged but cost up to £10 (pictured) 

Boots has been accused of racism for putting security tags on hair products for black customers but leaving ones aimed at white people untagged

'Stick to what you know best. But don't insult us, Boots. To be made to feel like second class citizens is an absolute travesty.'

Speaking about the incident she told The Sun: 'We are being made to feel like second-class citizens. Shame on you, Boots.'

Martyn James, of consumer group Resolver, said: 'It's 2019 — and in these modern times, it should be one rule for all, not for some.'

In response Boots said: 'To prevent theft our colleagues add security tags to the products they believe are being stolen. 

'They do this regardless of what the product is, the cost of it, or which aisle they are on.'

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