She Went On A Racist Rant At JCPenney, And Now She’s Banned For Life
A video posted to Facebook earlier this week showed an unidentified woman verbally assaulting two Latina women who were shopping at JCPenney. The incident occurred when one of the Latina women, who was checking out, had her friend bring her a few more items to purchase. This apparent “cut” in line didn’t sit well with the older woman, and she quickly began hurling bigoted and hateful language at the two women, who remained calm through out the ordeal. Renee Buckner, a fellow shopper, pulled out her phone and filmed the incident as it unfolded.
Here’s a quick rundown of everything the angry woman managed to say in just under a minute and a half.
“Go back to wherever the f–k you come from, lady,” the older woman in the video fired off. Then the cashier, who’s definitely not paid enough for this kind of situation, warned the older woman about her language. The older woman directed her rant to the cashier, saying, “Hey, tell them to go back where they belong. If they come here to live, then act like everybody else. Get in the back of the line like everybody else does, and be somebody. And that’s the way I look at it.”
Of course it wouldn’t be a racist outburst without a comment about welfare.
“You’re nobodies,” the unidentified woman rants. “Just because you come from another country, that don’t make you nobody. You’re nobody, as far as I’m concerned. Probably on welfare. The taxpayers probably paid for all that stuff.” Of course the older woman had no proof to back up her allegations – just her own bias and prejudice.
In the wake of the video being released via social media, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a tweet condemning the behavior of the angry woman.
I am sad and disappointed to see conduct like what happened at Jefferson Mall, when one person so dehumanizes another human being.
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) December 21, 2016
Fischer reiterated his sentiments in a series of tweets, reminding people the woman’s racist language did not speak for Louisville.
Fischer went a step further to remind people our differences are what make this country great.
How’s that for solidarity?
Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth released a similar statement, saying he was repulsed by the angry woman’s hate speech.
Yarmuth’s full statement to Twitter reads as follows:
“I am saddened & disturbed by the racist & hateful outburst caught on camera at Jefferson Mall. Louisville is a compassionate and caring city and the vitriol displayed by the individual in that video is in no way representative of who we are as Louisvillians or of the values we hold. No matter the circumstances, this kind of repugnant and repulsive hate speech should have no place in our society.”
Jefferson Mall, where the incident occurred, has even vowed to ban the belligerent woman for life.
We are aware of the video posted online today from one of the department stores. Jefferson Mall strives to create a…
JCPenney was initially silent on the issue, but pressure mounted on social media…
Where is #jcpenny response to racist Louisville rant? Do they condone? Afraid to alienate racist customers?
— Dick Minogue (@DickMinogue) December 21, 2016
… until JCPenney released an apology to the two women that were verbally assaulted.
In a statement, the company reassured customers that this kind of behavior was not welcome in their stores:
“We are deeply disturbed by the incident that took place at our Jefferson Mall store. … We regret that innocent bystanders — both other customers and a JCPenney associate — were subjected to such discriminatory remarks.
JCPenney has also asked customers to help them identify the women who were berated so they can reimburse them for the purchase they made. If you happen to know the women from the video, you can reach JCPenney at their official Facebook page here.