Two managers were fired from a Chicago CVS last Friday after calling the police on a woman over a coupon they thought was fraudulent.
This is the latest incident in a string of recent cases where white people have called the cops on someone “simply for being black,” as described in this piece by USA Today.
The woman at the center, Camilla Hudson, described what happened on her Facebook:
So, THIS just happened: I had the police called on me for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago! I stopped in to make a purchase using a coupon mailed to me by the product manufacturer, as replacement for problematic/defective product. The manager on duty said that he’d never seen a coupon like the one I had and said that he thought it was fraudulent. When I asked for his name and his title/role within the store, he became agitated and rude. When I pulled out my phone to document what happened and exactly what he’d said to me (AND how he’d said it!) he turned his back and walked away from me. When I followed him and demanded that he answer my question, he ran to the back of the store and slammed a door in my face. Meanwhile, the other manager, who’d been helping me initially, came running back to tell me that I’d better leave the store immediately, because he’d called the police.
In the video footage captured by Hudson, the second manager, Morry Matson, who was the state delegate for President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention, as well as the former head of the Illinois chapter of a conservative LGBT group called the Log Cabin Republicans (until this happened), and who is currently running for Chicago City Council, can be seen shaking like a leaf as he makes the 911 call.
Check it out:
— Morgan Radford (@MorganRadford) July 16, 2018
Hudson’s Facebook re-post (apparently, her first was taken down by FB for some supposed terms violation):
Twitter wasn’t having ANY of it:
Camilla Hudson, a black woman, had the cops called on her by Morry Matson, a @cvspharmacy employee, because she tried to use a coupon at one of its Chicago stores. CVS is this how you treat your black customers? Morry needs to be fired. pic.twitter.com/PhVI7EtJ6D
— Simar (@sahluwal) July 15, 2018
Dear #CouponCarl (aka Morry Matson) a simple phone call to the manufacturers phone number (800# on coupon) instead of a racist call to 911 would have cleared up your lack of knowledge about its validity. Hope you lose your job you fraudulent racist. https://t.co/VCp1cMGH7N
— Karen Lee Carter (@KyberdaleKaren) July 14, 2018
If he could not reach the manufacturer, he should have erred on the side of the customer. Big deal if his store had to eat the coupon later. Guess he never learned the Golden Rule when he was a child. Not worth bothering the cops, and certainly not worth his job.
— OdysseyOfOddities (@RedPillFacebook) July 16, 2018
They didn’t even have to do that it had a bar code right on it
they could’ve just scanned the coupon right then
— Annegret Pearl (@AnnegretPearl) July 16, 2018
they were both fired today
— Karen Lee Carter (@KyberdaleKaren) July 17, 2018
Both men have since been fired from CVS who issued the following statement, according to an article by HuffPost:
CVS Health does not tolerate any practice that discriminates against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores. We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.
Matson’s membership with the Log Cabin Republicans was also terminated.
They also issued a statement:
Log Cabin Republicans Chapter Leaders have a duty to conduct themselves in a manner becoming of an organization advocating equality and inclusion of all Americans — whether or not they are acting in an official capacity on behalf of LCR or otherwise.
Matson’s city council campaign website has also been down since Tuesday.
All this white fright type policing or — or as Anne Rawls, a Sociology professor at Bentley University who has studied the issue for decades, has dubbed them — “citizen callers,” belies a greater truth, made clearer in the USA Today piece: white people feel a sense of ownership over public spaces and that
The way white people caught in these videos on social media lay claim to public places amount to individual acts of gentrification, sending the message: This is my space and you can only behave here the way I say you can.
Toxic-white-people feel like it is LITERALLY against the law for Black and Brown folks to disobey their request. They immediately jump into citizens arrest mode, playing the role of deputy doin’ too much, using their whiteness and its proximity to police protection as a weapon. pic.twitter.com/JiJ94NX1MG
— LEFT⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) June 24, 2018
While this may be common knowledge for members of the black community, who have long been plagued by this kind of ridiculous behavior by white people, it has been a wake up call for many other people that this is the kind of nonsense is still going on in 2018.
The difference now, besides the proliferation of cell phone cameras, is — as Rawls points out in the USA Today piece:
...that callers are no longer hiding behind their phones, Rawls says. ‘They are getting into people’s faces,”’she said. ‘They are feeling emboldened.’
So until these racists are shamed back into hiding or convinced to mend their ways, we’ll just have to keep collecting them all:
— Livia “Abolish ICE” Scott ⚑ (@LiviaLove) July 17, 2018