“Beyond unsanitary:” Photos of ‘filthy’ Los Angeles grocery store posted to Facebook spark outrage

LOS ANGELES, California -- Photos of a "filthy" grocery store in Los Angeles' Gramercy Park posted on Facebook on January 4th have sparked outrage.

Kandice Hill took the photos showing what she considered unsanitary conditions at the Ralphs Grocery store on Manchester Avenue, and later posted them on her Facebook. The post has since been shared thousands of times.

"It's filth. It's grime. I would say it's beyond unsanitary. There's so much stuff. You can't tell if it's rodent droppings or mold. To me it's probably both," Hill said.

Hill said she contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and alerted officials about the conditions.

Kendra Doyel, a spokesperson for the grocery company told KTLA that the condition of the store is "not something we're proud of."

"It was something that immediately, when it was brought to our attention, we wanted to make sure and remedy," Doyel said.

Officials plan to remodel the store this year and the location passed its health inspection, Doyel added.

But neighbors believe the store has been neglected because of the surrounding demographics.

"You have a lot of people who are lower income in the area. That plays a big role," said customer Omar Brewster, who told KTLA he drives miles away to shop in a different part of town.

In her Facebook post, Hill said she believes that particular store "has exploited its predominantly African-American and Latino community."

The matter will be discussed at a Southwest Neighborhood Council Meeting on January 23rd.

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4 comments

  • deletedagain

    “has exploited its predominantly African-American and Latino community.” Who works there? Are any of the people in that neighborhood employed there ? My first job was in a grocery store, two blocks away.

  • WALL OFF THE GHETTO

    Black neighborhood? Ya, not surprising… how many times do you see stuff like this in a white neighborhood? VERY VERY RARELY, IF EVER! And you know these black folks “cleaning” (or in this case not cleaning) up the store are the same ones protesting and complaining about not getting $15/hr… as you can see they “deserve it for all of their hard work” (/sarcasm). But yet, somehow, it’s all the white man’s fault? LOL!

  • Metal Maniac

    Honestly not a fan of any Ralphs stores. It is kind of like pick n save, limited selection with dirty stores and no one helping you if you need to find something.

    The Ralphs by me has human excrement on the sidewalk (white neighborhood) and none of the employees feel it is their job to clean it up so it just sits there. Ralphs is a horrible place to shop and this is not surprising at all.