A video posted to Facebook on Tuesday, December 20, of a woman's racist tirade while holiday shopping is going viral.
Recorded by Renee Buckner at the Jefferson Mall JCPenney in Kentucky, the video shows a Spanish-speaking woman making a purchase when her friend comes and adds a couple of additional items to their cart. An older white woman behind them then begins to tell them to "go back to wherever the f*ck you come from" and to "speak English."
The older woman continued to harass the women with racist insults.
"They come here to live and they act like they’re everybody else," she tells the people in line behind her.
"Just because you come from another country, it don’t make you nobody! ... You’re probably on welfare, the taxpayers probably paid for all that stuff."
The video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.
Some shoppers in the video seem to agree with the older woman while others seem to speak in meek defense of the two Spanish-speaking women — but at no point in the video does anyone confront the woman directly.
The Jefferson Mall released a statement following the incident.
According to the release:
We are aware of the video posted online today from inside JCPenney. Jefferson Mall strives to create a comfortable and convenient experience for all of our guests and we absolutely do not condone this type of behavior. We will work with JCPenney to identify this woman and once identified, she will be permanently banned from Jefferson Mall, per our Behavioral Code of Conduct.