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A video of an intense, racially-charged encounter in an Arkansas Walmart has spread quickly across social media.
The video, which was uploaded on Monday by Eva Hicks, documents a disturbing encounter between Hicks and a woman who has not yet been publicly identified
As KRON4 reports, the video has drawn a stern reaction from Walmart, which has made it clear that it has “no tolerance for the language or actions of this customer”:
As Hicks explains, the situation began after the mother of three — who says she's lived in the U.S. for more than three decades since moving from Mexico City — tried to reach past the stranger for some medicine:
“I encountered this lady that was on my way and I asked her politely, you know, if I could pass, and I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and she was being very hateful, immediately.”
The video shows the other shopper launching into an angry tirade, telling Hicks to “go back to Mexico” and that “it's not your country, we don't want you here.”
Before long, another shopper steps in to defend Hicks, prompting the angry woman to turn to this third individual and call her a “n****r.” By this point, a store manager has arrived and instructs the angry woman to leave the store immediately.
As the video spread across social media, some began to call on Walmart to ban the offensive customer for life:
And it seems that's exactly what the national retailer intends to do.
On Wednesday, Walmart told multiple media outlets that the type of behavior exhibited in the video “cannot be tolerated,” adding that it is working on identifying the angry woman so that it can ban her from all Walmart locations.
“I am an American citizen, I consider this home. I am not going to leave, I am going to stay here, I am not going to shut up, I am going to speak up.”
While the video has sparked plenty of outrage online, Hicks herself takes a different view of the incident, saying: “I just wish her good, it’s really sad to see somebody like that.”