Customer Shoves Walmart Worker, Tells Him to 'Go Back to Your Own County'

A Walmart customer has been captured on video pushing a store employee after allegedly telling him to "go back to your own country."

Mat Weber shared the video of the incident, which took place at a Walmart store in Arden, North Carolina, on his Facebook account last week.

In the brief clip, a white man in a red shirt is seen shoving a young employee, who is then led away by another worker. The video has been viewed more than 400,000 times since it was posted last Tuesday.

Weber told Newsweek the yellow badge the employee was wearing indicated he is a minor. "He is a very nice, hardworking young man. He held himself to admirable levels of restraint despite the older man's behavior."

Alongside the video, Weber wrote on Facebook that he witnessed the customer "screaming at a young employee because he believed his pants were too low."

"The same man telling this young AMERICAN to "go back to his country". This same man touted his years of service in our country's military as a reason to behave this way...Only to have disgraced every one of those years in a matter of minutes," he added.

EDIT: I RECORDED THIS VIDEO. THIS IS A FIRSTHAND WITNESS. I have now included a full eye-witness account of exactly what happened before and after the video because several people have asked in the comments. Scroll to the bottom of this description to read.*VIOLENCE/STRONG LANGUAGE WARNING*Today at the Arden NC Walmart, this is what I witnessed:A man screaming at a young employee because he believed his pants were too low.The same man telling this young AMERICAN to “go back to his country”.This same man touted his years of service in our country’s military as a reason to behave this way...Only to have disgraced every one of those years in a matter of minutes.His wife calling this young hardworking man a thug and yelling at me to stop recording their deplorable behavior.A young man who values his job and gracefully did not physically respond to this grotesque individual.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *If you don’t think discrimination and hatred occur in America today, here’s your proof. If you don’t think minority populations are victimized, here’s your evidence. If you don’t think people, especially white men, feel entitled to treat others however they please, here’s your video.It’s baffling to see right in front of me that a man who has lived three times as much life as this kid and served in what is supposed to be one of the most revered services has far less moral character...I spoke to this young man afterward. He told me what he thought when this guy told him to go back to his own country. He told me, “I’m already there...I helped him BUILD this country.”The division and hatred in this country HAVE to stop. The choice is yours every day! Today I chose to reassure a victim that this was not his fault. It doesn’t matter who you are, nobody should treat someone this way.If we’re going to cancel anything, let’s cancel hatred, racism, and discrimination. Please share if you are inclined.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *My friend Clayton and I were walking down one of the aisles at Arden Walmart when we heard screaming from one aisle over. We couldn’t tell what it was until we heard it again, this time someone yelled “Go back to your own country”. Immediately, we ran over to see what was going on and saw two young employees in front of an older man in a red shirt. The man loudly commented several times how he hated the young employee’s pants being low. His wife then said the employee looked like a thug. The man then said to the employee, “I took a bullet for this country, show some respect.” The employee attempted to defend himself with a remark as the man was walking away. The man started charging back at the employee, saying “What’d you say?” in an aggressive, threatening manner. This same scenario happened two or three times before he ran up and shoved the employee. It was at this moment I was pulling up my phone. The video starts with the man chasing the employee to shove him for what I believe was the third time. I want to make clear that the reason the man looks off-balance at the beginning is because he was chasing the employee.After the video, I told the employee we needed to find a manager immediately. Multiple supervisors were notified, who then located the store manager. He asked to see my video and, upon showing him, he asked me to send it to him. After doing so, we could hear shouting coming from the front of the store. Dozens of people ran to see what was going on. The man in the red shirt seemed to be heading toward the non-grocery side entrance of the store with his wife. Supervisors were instructing customers to stay back for their safety. A loud crash was heard from the entrance as if something was slammed down. After that, we did not see the man or his wife again. I then had a long talk with the employee who was attacked and his coworkers. I reassured him that he did the right thing and that no person gets to treat another human being that way for any reason.

Posted by Mat Weber on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"His wife calling this young hardworking man a thug and yelling at me to stop recording their deplorable behavior."

Weber added that the employee "gracefully did not physically respond to this grotesque individual."

Weber said he had been walking down an aisle of the store with a friend when he heard screaming from elsewhere. He then heard someone yelling "Go back to your own country" and rushed over to see what was going on.

Weber said the man in the red shirt "loudly commented several times how he hated the young employee's pants being low. His wife then said the employee looked like a thug."

The customer reportedly then told the worker: "I took a bullet for this country, show some respect," according to Weber.

The customer became "aggressive" when the employee made a remark as he was walking away, Weber added.

"The man started charging back at the employee, saying "What'd you say?" in an aggressive, threatening manner. This same scenario happened two or three times before he ran up and shoved the employee," he wrote.

It was at this point that Weber said he started filming. "The video starts with the man chasing the employee to shove him for what I believe was the third time," he wrote.

Weber said he spoke to the employee, who he didn't identify, after the incident. He wrote: "He told me what he thought when this guy told him to go back to his own country. He told me, "I'm already there...I helped him BUILD this country."

Weber added that the video was proof of the discrimination and hatred that is rife in the U.S.

"If you don't think discrimination and hatred occur in America today, here's your proof. If you don't think minority populations are victimized, here's your evidence. If you don't think people, especially white men, feel entitled to treat others however they please, here's your video," he wrote.

"It's baffling to see right in front of me that a man who has lived three times as much life as this kid and served in what is supposed to be one of the most revered services has far less moral character."

He added: "The division and hatred in this country HAVE to stop. The choice is yours every day! Today I chose to reassure a victim that this was not his fault. It doesn't matter who you are, nobody should treat someone this way. If we're going to cancel anything, let's cancel hatred, racism, and discrimination."

The incident comes after weeks of protests against racism across the U.S. touched off by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Walmart has been contacted for comment.

This article has been updated with comments from Mat Weber.

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Stock photo. A viral video showed a customer shoving a Walmart employee after allegedly telling the young man to "go back to your own country." Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images