A white Trump voter went on a 45-minute rant in a Chicago Michael's store last week in front of customers who recorded her unhinged behavior. This video is by Jessie Grady, who had come into the store to buy a Santa hat for her daughter.
After the woman screamed that she had been discriminated against by black workers because she's a Trump voter, she just went off on everyone, including the employee who waited on her and the store manager, both of whom are African-American.
There was no evidence of discrimination, as you'll see during the video. Apparently she was simply unhinged about not getting a free bag for her merchandise, claiming instead that the checker refused to ring her up. It's actually difficult to tell until the end what her problem was.
As she walked away from the checkout counter, she threatened people videoing her, telling them Michael's corporate offices was going to "have a sh*tshow on their hands" when she reported them for discrimination against her.
About five minutes in, she turns to Grady, who was still videoing the exchange, telling her to go home to her "cheating husband." Grady calmly kept videoing.
At one point, she turns to the store manager, roaring, "You're an animal! An animal," before turning back to berate all of the customers in the store while continuing her imagined feud with the manager.
When the other employee said something about everyone being human, the raving woman yelled back that she "didn't want some sort of liberal lecture about who is human."
At about 8 minutes in, the woman starts screaming that she's a "God damn liar!" There's more. The video isn't safe for work.
Finally, she calls the police, telling them that everyone else is out of control, and she's the victim.
Grady said the "racist temper tantrum" lasted about 45 minutes and many customers stood by the manager throughout the whole ordeal to await police.
"You don't see it in the video, but people were standing up," Grady said. "I'm happy that the community came out and showed that we care about her."
Grady started a GoFundMe campaign to help the store manager and let her know the community supported her. As of this writing, she has raised $5,400, $5,000 over the original goal.
"So many people know this employee and she means so much for the community," Grady said. "I want to use this money to empower her. She needs to have her voice."
According to Grady, the manager is an "inspiring" and "creative" woman who put her small design business on hold to work as a manager at Michaels to support her family.
As part of her small business, she knits scarves and hats for homeless teens in Chicago every year, Grady said. The manager also told Grady she wants to obtain a degree in psychology so she can become a guidance counselor for the city's youth.
Grady said the manager told her "this happens to me all the time."
It's good that the community is standing up for her, but is this what we can all expect in the future? Unhinged people just throwing tantrums in the middle of a store because they can?