A JCPenney shopper went on an expletive-laden tirade against two Latina customers earlier this week, telling them to “go back where they belong” in a rant that was caught on video.
The incident, which was recorded by another customer, happened Tuesday afternoon at the Jefferson Mall in Louisville, Kentucky, and garnered more than 5.6 million views on Facebook.
“Everybody here probably feels the same way I do,” the unidentified woman, who is white, says in the video after she sees one of the Latina shoppers checking out and the other joining her at the register with a last-minute purchase.
“Go back to wherever the f*** you come from, lady,” the woman says as a JCPenney cashier asks her to “please watch your language.”
“Hey, tell them to go back where they belong. They can’t act like the hero, they come here to live and act like everybody else,” the woman continues, as stunned shoppers look on. “Get in the back of the line like everybody else does and be somebody. That’s the way I look at it. You’re nobodies, just because you come from another country, it don’t make you nobody.”
She then berates the two as “probably on welfare.” One starts to respond, and the woman responds, “It’s OK, speak English. You’re in America. If you don’t know it, learn it.”
The shocking video was shot by Renee Buckner, a Louisville resident who was finishing up her Christmas shopping at JCPenney at the time.
“This Hispanic lady was purchasing items and the transaction was almost complete, then her friend brings up some shirts to be added to her purchase instead of getting in line,” Buckner wrote in her Facebook post. “And this lady went off!!!”
Buckner did not want to speak to the media and directed calls to her pastor.
“She said there was so much more that didn’t get taped, and that they did end up taking down the cameras to actually confront the lady, because she talked about how Donald Trump is going to ‘fix’ this,” said Pastor Timothy Findley, Jr., of Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center in Louisville, where Buckner has been a church member for the last four years. “But she felt really obligated to get this on camera.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Elizabeth Chuck