In an absolutely bizarre event caught on cellphone video, an angry Michaels shopper — who decided to announce her support for President-elect Donald Trump — went on an expletive-laden rant against two black employees who, she claimed, discriminated against her.
The explosive encounter apparently began after the Chicago customer was asked if she wanted a larger, reusable grocery bag, which she would have to pay for.
Jessie Grady, who was shopping with her 2-year-old daughter, recorded a portion of the woman's diatribe. In the video, Grady described it as a "30-minute racist rant complete with yelling and cursing and repeated references to the fact that both employees were African-American."
"I voted for Trump, so there," the woman said at the start of the video. "You want to kick me out for that? And look who won. And look who won. And look who won." (Content warning: Offensive language):
The woman spent the majority of the tirade repeating the same claims over and over again, but it seems her frustration reached a fevered pitch when the cashier messed up bagging her items.
Once she noticed Grady recording her yelling, she began intensely berating her.
"I was just discriminated against by two black women and you being a white woman and you literally thinking that’s OK?" the angry shopper charged. "Why don’t you go home to your husband who’s cheating on you?"
Then the woman repeated the fact that she voted for Trump, which led Grady to ask why that’s relevant. The lady responded by saying people are “ganging up” on her.
Moments later, the woman shifted her focus back to the managers, whom she called "animals," according to DNAinfo:
Based on her exchange with the manager, who is heard off-screen trying to calm the woman and stop her from swearing and screaming, the woman in the video was upset that a cashier "tried to force me to buy" a larger bag for her purchases:
"When I asked for my things to be bagged, and I don't care about the size of the bag, this other woman makes a big deal about it," she says in the video. "She's screaming at me from across the Godd**n store like an animal."
She turns to the other employee and adds, "You're an animal."
After she declined to purchase a larger bag, the woman said the manager said, "Ma'am, we're all human," which the customer said she took as a "some sort of liberal lecture about who is human."
"Your job is to ring people up and tell them to have a nice day," the customer says. "You're not going to give me a psychology lesson. You are not going to tell me who I can vote for and who I can't vote for."
The manager tried to calm the woman down, asking her not to use profanity because there are children nearby, but the attitudinal shopper shot back, "You're not my mother, and I will do whatever I want to do."
The woman told the Michaels managers that the store's corporate office is "going to have a s**t show" after she shared the alleged discrimination on social media.
While the company has not issued a formal statement on the matter, the store did tweet that it is investigating the issue because it "do not tolerate racism/discrimination of any kind." In a subsequent post, the store voiced appreciation for the "outpouring of support for our Chicago-based team member."
Grady, for her part, started a GoFundMe page on the store manager's behalf, which began with a $400 goal but had raised $5,827 at time of publication, to "do something to try to make it up to the employee who was the main target of this racist attack."
In its entirety, Grady told DNAinfo the "racist temper tantrum" lasted around 45 minutes, though she only captured about 10 minutes, which she uploaded to YouTube. At press time, the clip had more than 250,000 views.