A Black Atascadero store manager posted a video of a customer yelling racial slurs and telling him to “fetch me some water” after the manager asked the man to wear a mask.
The video, which shows the man circling the van of his clearly labeled cleaning business while hurling slurs into the camera, created a furious backlash online as commenters flooded his phone line and Yelp page with negative reviews.
Harold Brown, the manager of a store in the El Camino Real Plaza Shopping Center, said this was not the first time in Atascadero that he’s been confronted with racism. It’s just the first time he’s recorded the interaction.
“I’m not surprised by it,” Brown said. “I’m honestly not even affected by it anymore. But, especially in the time that we’re in right now, it’s just shocking to me that people still go out of their way to implicate themselves when the nation is falling apart for that very reason.”
In the video, Brown can be heard saying, “This guy called me (the n-word),“ as the man gets into a van labeled Pro-Cleaners Chimney and Carpet Cleaning, to which the man responds by stepping out of his company van yelling, “So what?”
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The man does not say the n-word in the video, however he uses other slurs.
The man yells that he’d been to the store three times to make a cash return while Brown asked variations of “Is that why I’m a (n-word)?”
The man walks around the van while continuing to yell derogatory phrases at Brown.