A video released on Facebook, that has since gone viral, shows an elderly white woman cursing out two Hispanic women in line at the J.C. Penney Department Store in the Louisville Mall.
Renee Buckner, a witness to the incident, told the Courier Journal that the elderly lady was triggered to lash out when a friend of the Hispanic women cut in line to add more clothing items to her friend’s transaction instead of going to the back of the line.
The woman started ranting, “It starts back there. And it don’t bother me if I say it and I hope everybody hears me. I think everybody here probably feels the same damn way I do. Go back to wherever the f*** you come from lady.” The cashier responded, asking her to watch her language, which only seemed to make her more upset. “Hey, tell them to go back to where they belong,” she yells, “They come here to live then act like everybody else. Get in the back of the line like everybody else does.”
The elderly lady didn’t stop there, she then targeted the women with her racial slurs saying, “You’re a nobody. Just because you come from another country, it doesn’t make you nobody. You’re probably on welfare. The taxpayers probably paid for all that stuff. We probably paid for every bit of that stuff, you know that? Probably all of the food they get and everything else.”
Officials from Jefferson mall are looking to identify the woman and permanently ban her from the shopping mall. They issued the following statement, “We are aware of the video posted online today from one of the department stores. Jefferson Mall strives to create a comfortable and convenient experience for all of our guests and we absolutely do not condone this type of behavior.”
A statement was also released by the JCPenney’s public relation team reading, “We are deeply disturbed by the incident that took place at our Jefferson Mall store, in which one customer made extremely inappropriate remarks to two other customers while standing in the checkout line. We regret that innocent bystanders, both other customers and a JCPenney associate, were subjected to such discriminatory remarks. We absolutely do not tolerate this behavior in our stores, and are working with our associates to ensure any future incidents of this nature will be addressed quickly and appropriately. In the meantime, JCPenney is asking for the community’s help in identifying the two women who were targeted for such remarks, as we would like to reimburse them for their entire purchase and offer a sincere apology for their experience.”
H/T NY Daily News
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