'They think they own the world': Racist elderly employee at hypermarket harasses Muslim woman in changing room
The footage, which was posted on Facebook, was uploaded by Mika Ford on Monday, has been viewed more than 100,000 times
An elderly employee at Walmart was caught on camera launching a racist tirade at a Muslim shopper after the woman asked to use one of the changing rooms in the store.
The footage, which was posted on Facebook, was uploaded by Mika Ford on Monday, has been viewed more than 100,000 times. The clip shows an elderly, grey-haired woman in her Walmart uniform telling a Muslim customer to use a dirty changing room if she wants to.
"If she wants to go in [to a changing room], she can use a dirty one. They think they own us," the elderly employee can be heard saying in the video to another employee at the store.
"And I’m sick of this s**t. See they have to take everything off to change. They think they own the world. You don’t tell me what to do... I can talk if I want to. I am old enough to be your grandmother," she adds. The elderly employee then can be seen leaning down to monitor the woman changing in the trial room and then appears to stand guard outside the room.
Ford, who captured the incident at a Walmart in Bloomington, Minnesota, said: "No human being should have to go through this torment and belittling due to one’s stupid bias opinion."
"Before I started recording the woman was not allowed in the fitting room due to the "fact" no one would see the clothes under her robes. Unfortunately I had to follow my daughter and cut the video. Every human was made equal and if you think otherwise enjoy your delusional superiority," Ford added.
Reports state that even though the video was filmed in 2015, it was uploaded on Facebook on Monday, and has already been shared over 2,000 times. While talking to CBS Local in Minnesota, Ford said that she had lost the phone with the video on it and had only recently found it. The elderly woman, however, no longer works at the store.
In a statement to Meaww, Walmart said they do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. “The associate in the video, which we believe is three years old, is no longer with the company. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind and what was shown is unacceptable. One of our core beliefs is respect for all individuals, and we hold our associates accountable for conduct that is inconsistent with those expectations,” the statement said.
Several Facebook users commented on the video, slamming the Walmart worker, with one person saying: "This is so sickening, I go to this Walmart all the time. I can’t believe this happened at this Walmart of all places and locations. This is embarrassing.”
Many users slammed Ford too, saying that she should have acted at the moment instead of just recording a video at the incident.
One of the users said: "Why didn’t the person take this back to Walmart and show them. If you want to stop racism it starts with action.”