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'Crosswalk Cathy': White Woman Allegedly Calls Cops on Black Couple For Parking Job

A video of a white woman allegedly calling the police on a black couple for waiting for their to-go order at a restaurant has gone viral.

Rashsaan Muhammad and Mattie Khan were waiting for their to-go order from Little Big Burger in Portland, Oregon, when they noticed a white woman standing across the street looking at their parked car, The Portland Mercury reported.

"She looked odd, but it didn't alarm us," Muhammad told the publication.

As they were walking back to the car with their to-go bags, Muhammad reportedly overheard the woman on the phone describing their vehicle and reading off the license plate number, according to The Portland Mercury. Muhammed told the publication that she was calling the police.

"I tried to start a conversation, I asked her who she was calling and what was going on," Muhammad said. "It was clear she was talking to the police."

Khan began to record the incident on her cell phone and posted the video to Facebook on Monday. In the video, the Khan can be heard saying that the unidentified white woman was calling the police on her and her husband.

“This is another white person calling the police on a black person because she said we are illegally parked right here,” Khan said in the video.

The unidentified white woman, who Khan has dubbed “Crosswalk Cathy,” can be heard telling Khan and Muhammad that she has been by the car for over 10 minutes and their car should not be blocking the crosswalk.

"You can't block the crosswalk," the white woman said in the video. "Look at this. You are!" the woman can be heard saying.

The video has already received more than 102,000 views and 2,000 shares on Facebook. Newsweek has contacted the Police Bureau of Portland for comment on the video but did not hear back in time for publication.

Muhammad told Newsweek that the incident occurred on Sunday and he and his wife were unsure if they wanted to post the video in the first place. He said when he was walking out of their home on Monday, he believed he saw an unmarked police car outside of their home. When he approached the car, the vehicle drove away.

"We really thought that we needed to bring awareness to this," Muhammad told Newsweek. "Life is already difficult enough and when a certain person in a community feels the need to help to police, it becomes a bigger issue."

A similar incident occurred earlier this month after a black man said the police were called on him for babysitting two white children. Corey Lewis previously told Newsweek that he was babysitting two white children on October 7, when a white woman pulled up to Lewis’s car at a Walmart parking lot in Marietta, Georgia, to ask if the children were okay.

When the woman asked to speak to one of the children, Lewis said no and the police were called. He drove away with the children to a nearby gas station when he noticed the woman was following them in their car. Lewis was able to record the incident on his cellphone.

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 3 A white woman reportedly called the police on a black couple for a bad parking job on Monday in Portland, Oregon. Mattie Khan/Facebook

This story has been updated to include a comment from Rashsaan Muhammad.