Casey's General Store — harassment
After reading the report submitted by Robert B, I have decided to speak out about my horrible experience at Casey's General Store. I am a proud African American woman and will not let hateful people and businesses stand in my way of living my life. I also don't want businesses that encourage racism and discrimination to continue doing any kind of business at all.
About a few years ago, I was just leaving from my sister's house and heading back home from St. Louis. Along the way I stopped in Shelbyville and decided to stop there to get some food and a drink. The closet place I could find was Casey's and I feel so embarrassed to go in that place. I was the only customer that was in the store and I just walked in there to get a drink and got one of their sandwiches. By the way, their prices are too high compared to other stores nationwide.
When I went to the counter, the first thing the clerk said to me was, 'Hey, I don't want any trouble now.' The clerk was a white man. I told I just want to buy the drink and sandwich and that's all I wanted to do. The store manager, who was also white, was also watching us at the counter. After I gave him the money to pay for it, he gave me the money in the rudest manner and said, 'Here's your change. Now get out.' I was shocked that he said that to me and acted so rudely to me, especially in front of the manager.
But that's not the worst of it. After I exited the store, the store manager and clerk followed me out and they screamed and yelled out, 'This is a whites only business you n****r b***h. We hate your kind and we want your race to die. White Power, White Power.' They kept saying white power as I was running to get in my car. I was scared that they were gonna hurt me, or worse, beat me to death. When I got home, I called my mother and my sister and told them what had happened to me. They were relieved to hear that I made it home safe, but they were appalled and shocked to hear about the horrors I went through.
Casey's General Store is a racist business and I can't believe they're still in business. Robert B is right: They do promote discrimination and racial hatred. This is a business that needs to be stopped. I'm urging everyone of every race, color, ethnic group, and religion to boycott Casey's General Store. This is a business that is not going to change their ways and they will continue to promote hate no matter what. This is indeed a business that needs to shut down immediately. Even I recommend that everyone boycotts Casey's General Store permanently and hope that are out of business for good.
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