Apparently the Chicago woman whose racist rant at a Michaels store went viral on Monday is prone to such tirades.
The woman has since been identified as Jennifer Boyle, whose meltdown was filmed by another customer in which she claimed anti-white discrimination, called the store’s employees “animals,” and said she had voted for President-elect Donald Trump to justify her behavior over a $1 reusable bag charge.
A local Chicago blog called Chicagoist reported that back in July, Boyle had a similar outburst at a Peet’s Coffee, which was also caught on video.
Note: Peet's Coffee clip begins at 10:41
“You’re the b***h! You are the b***h! You are literally the b***h!” she is seen shouting at the staff.
When the employee informed her that he is the floor manager, Boyle mocked him and claimed that she thought she was in mortal danger from the barista who appears to be at the cash register.
“The way [the employee] got in my face was not professional,” she says. “I actually was afraid for my life.”
And similar to the Michaels incident, Boyle later also threatened to complain to the corporate office.
"You think because you're in Boystown you're safe? ... Corporate's not in Boystown," she says at one point in the video. “I can stereotype you, and call you something.”
Boyle then threatens to call the police before eventually storming out.
Jessie Grady, the customer who caught the Michaels meltdown on video last week started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the employee at the crafts store who was the target of Boyle’s belligerence. Since then, the page titled, “Stand Strong Against Racism” has raised more than $21,000 — far exceeding the original goal of $400.
“I’d like to do something to try to make it up to the employee who was the main target of this racist attack,” Grady wrote on the fundraiser page. “I’d like to show her that many people are horrified by how this woman treated her and that we stand with her and appreciate her hard work. She inspired me because despite the hateful words that were being hurled in her direction, she stood in that entranceway calm and unmoving to protect her staff and customers.”
Michaels also issued a statement in support of its employees saying, “At Michaels, we do not tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind against our team members or customers. We regret that our customers and team members were affected by this unfortunate incident and are grateful for the leadership of our store team in working to resolve it without further escalation."
Trump supporters are becoming known for confrontational — and usually racist — outbursts in public places. Their loud exclamations of having voted for Trump are becoming something of a war cry that is alarming.
While incidents such as these have not translated into physical violence so far, it’s only a matter of time that they do as the president-elect has failed to denounce this pattern of behavior in any convincing manner.
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