A new video shows a woman hurling a racial slur and swearing at a black employee at a New York City bakery who reportedly told her she couldn’t be served without wearing a mask.
The woman, who has not been identified, was attempting to place an order at Davidovich Bakery inside the Essex Market food hall on the Lower East Side, according to NBC New York, which reported the incident took place on Sunday. She was pushing a child in a stroller and seemed to have other children with her.
A bakery worker behind the counter first told the woman that she would not be served if she did not put on a mask, the video showed. When she failed to comply, a security guard intervened with a similar warning.
“Why? Because he’s a bitch nigga, is that why?” The woman said, according to the pictures.
“That’s what it is,” he replied after audible reactions from the shocked customers around him.
The black teller was behind the cash register, looking away from the woman.
The security guard told the woman to leave and the surrounding customers challenged her language.
“That’s what it is,” the woman continued. “I just said it. You heard it. “
“I can call it what I want,” he said, adding that his rights were being violated and he told one person: “You think you are tough with your mask on your face.”
It is unclear what happened before or after the recording, but the woman eventually left.
The New York City Police Department said it took a report of the incident, NBC New York reported.
Jack Weil, who filmed the incident, was affected.
“At first I thought, he’s a crazy person, I’m going to film them,” Weil told NBC New York. “But then when she started saying the N word in front of her kids, I thought, this is dark. This is really disturbing … the whole crowd was starting to yell things at her.”
Davidovich Bakery Vice President Marc Fintz said the company was proud of how the employee faced a “very sad situation.”
“We are a family business and all of our employees, whether they have been with us for a day or years, when you attack one member of our family, you attack our entire family. All retail workers have been at the forefront during the pandemic. They try to put a smile on their face. Nothing justifies someone being attacked, insulted and treated the way they were treated, “he said in a statement delivered to NBC New York.
“We do not mandate masks, we follow the law,” the statement continued. “The law says we have to follow the rules and we hope that our customers understand that they are free to frequent other businesses if they don’t like it. No one should be subjected to racial slurs and harassment like that. People have reached out from all over the country to congratulate him for handling it with dignity and grace. “