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A video circulating on Twitter shows a woman attempting to berate a CVS store manager after he apparently alerted police about two black male shoplifters, accusing him of putting their lives “in danger.”
“So, I live in the neighborhood and I come to this CVS very often,” the unidentified woman begins. “May I ask why you called the police on those two men?”
As she videos him, the masked male store manager explains the company’s policy regarding shoplifters.
“CVS policy dictates that if they’re shoplifters that exit the store with merchandise unpaid for, we should get the police involved,” the manager calmly explains in the video, which was retweeted by former Fox News host Megyn Kelly with the post, “This clerk for president.”
She locked down her twitter, so here’s the video: pic.twitter.com/kOcdPMpsxL
— Jessica (Fletcher) O’Donnell (@heckyessica) September 17, 2020
“And if the police apprehend them, we issue an [unitelligible],” he continued. “So, I actually did not elect to press charges. I just said [to police], ‘Hey, look, they can’t come in here anymore ‘cause they shoplifted, and I just need them to sign that, and [unintelligible].’”
He then noted that “the officers obliged, and the guy said the same thing — ‘thank you’ — and they left,” said the manager.
But that didn’t satisfy the woman.
“It’s not your merchandise,” she told the manager, “it’s the store — so, you know what happens when the police [unintelligible] black men…or black people. And you decided to call the police on two black people that stole, that allegedly took something from the store because you’re willing to uphold the policy and they could have lost their lives.”
“We can agree to disagree on this because I don’t work for you, and I don’t answer…I follow my company’s policies, not your policies, so I appreciate your concern,” the manager responded.
“So you’re willing to risk someone’s life for, what, $30,000 a year,” the woman said.
“There was no risk in my opinion,” the store manager replied, standing his ground. “Thank you, you have a great night.”
It’s not clear where the incident took place, but shoplifting — theft — is illegal almost everywhere in the country, though local police and prosecutors deal with violators in different ways.
As the manager turned away from the woman to continue working, she demanded to know his name.
“I’m the store manager,” he replied.
“No, what is his name?” the woman demanded.
“No one’s gonna tell you my name while you’re sitting here videotaping us so that you can try and elicit some sort of violence against me,” the manager said. “It’s not gonna happen.”
“Elicit violence against you? You just elicited violence against two black men by calling the police on them,” she said.
“No, no, they just fully got to walk away when one of them had and could have been arrested but the cop still let him go,” the manager said, pushing back.
But the woman persisted.
“Just listen to yourself, you work with black folks,” she said, raising her voice. “You just remember that.”
The video has been making the rounds and also caught the attention of Ben Shapiro who tweeted: “if you disagree with anything this clerk says, you should be institutionalized.”
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