WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Teri A. Hill aka Home Depot “Karen” wrestled another shopper to the ground after said shopper confronted her about store policies on wearing facemasks, video shows.
- Hill believed that there is no need for compliance to store policies because of the color of her skin.
- The police arrested the white woman after reviewing the unpleasant confrontation recorded in video of the incident and statements from witnesses.
An Illinois woman was arrested for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct for hostile behavior in Home Depot that began as a disagreement over wearing facemasks, video shows.
Teri A. Hill, 54, wrestled another shopper to the ground, irked after said shopper reminded her about implemented policies on wearing face masks. Hill confronted the shopper and said that because of the color of her skin, there is no need for compliance to store policies.
McHenry Police Department dispatched police officers to the store. Hill was arrested after police officers reviewed unpleasant confrontation recorded in video of the incident and statements from witnesses inside Home Depot.
Waters posted the video on social media. “You know what she did?” she wrote. “She posted up. Told me I wasn’t going to tell her what to f–king do. Then she took her mask all the way off, put it in her pocket and let me [know] she was going to spit & cough on me.”
The disagreement about store policies on facemasks escalated into racist comments and physical altercations.
“You’re disrespectful to everyone else in this store,” Waters said during the confrontation. “The entitlement is disgusting.”
“Yes, I am entitled,” Hill replied, video shows. “I’m white, I’m a woman.”
In the video, the Waters is heard asking Hill about what does being white have to do with being able to get what she wants.
Hill and Waters sustained minor injuries after the incident, but neither required medical attention, McHenry Police Department confirms.
Waters explained her decision to confront Hill. “I don’t deal with racism. It’s so prevalent right now, and I feel like if you’re not stopping people and you’re not saying something, you’re part of the problem,” she said.
Hill has since been released from police custody, but failed to respond to requests for comments, Northwest Herald reported. The police department filed no charges against the second shopper.
Source: New York Post