A incident involving a former Walmart employee and a Muslim customer from 2015 is gaining a lot of attention after video of the encounter was released on social media this week.
The video, taken at a Walmart in Bloomington, shows a customer ask to use a dressing room only to be directed into a dirty room.
"Don't go in there, leave it there," the older female employee instructs another employee who appears to try to remove clothes left in the room. "If she wants to go in she can go into a dirty one."
While the customer is in there, the employee says: "This is what I'm talking about. They think they own us, and I'm sick of this s---."
Although the incident happened in 2015, the video was first uploaded by Mika Ford on Facebook on Monday. She told WCCO that's because she had lost the phone and only recently found it.
Her Facebook post has since been deleted after being viewed more than 100,000 times, but it was picked up and shared on Twitter, where it has been retweeted 13,000 times and viewed more than 360,000 times as of Wednesday morning.
(Warning: The video contains offensive language)
After the Muslim customer enters the changing room, the employee takes a few steps back, bends at her waist and appears to look through the opening at the bottom of the dressing room door.
"They need to take everything off to change," she says.
A few seconds pass and the employee adds: "They think they own the world."
It's hard to hear what the customer says in response, but it prompted the employee to remark: "You don't tell me what to do. I'm old enough to be your grandma. I can talk if I want to."
Walmart issued a statement to BMTN saying the woman is no longer with the company and everything in the video is against their company beliefs.
“The associate in the video, which we believe is three years old, is no longer with the company. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind and what was shown is unacceptable.
"One of our core beliefs is respect for all individuals, and we hold our associates accountable for conduct that is inconsistent with those expectations.”
According to meaww.com, Ford said that before she started filming, the Muslim customer was told that she couldn't use the fitting room she first tried to enter because nobody would see the clothes under her robe.