A Texas business owner says she believes she was being harassed by a strange man because of her race and class. She called 911 to report him but found out days later her request was still “in the queue,” and now she feels like as “a person of color, the system isn’t for” her.
On Sunday, May 29, a female Black spa owner in Dallas videotaped a white man after he refused to leave her business when asked to depart.
In the footage that she posted on Twitter in four parts, the man allegedly mocked Jehovah’s Witnesses and said her “race” and “class” ruined his and his family’s lives. The more she asked him to leave, the more he laughed and made her and others around feel uncomfortable.
The woman, who prefers to be unidentified, said she called the police before she started to film the man, however, they never responded. The video she posted on TikTok shows the man reveling in them not coming to her aid.
She said, “Please leave, please leave.”
“Please call the cops,” he says casually back.
“I need you to leave. I need you to leave right now,” she continued to say. “Get out of my establishment now.”
He then said he was going to call the cops on her. In the video, she detailed how he came into her business well in advance of his appointment and started roaming around, looking into rooms and making her employees and other customers feel uncomfortable.
The man laughed to himself more with a sense of satisfaction for the discomfort he caused the woman.
“I need you to leave, or the police will make you leave,” the woman insisted again.
But the man, who had a tan USA cap on and sat comfortably in her chair with one ankle resting on one of his knees, continued to intimidate, saying, “I like the police … they’re nice to me.”
The woman repeats, “I need you to get out of my establishment, for real, because you’re ruining the vibe.”
“There’s no vibe here,” he says as the now-trespasser states he will wait for the police — dr-ly taunting her since the police have not responded to her call.
Finally, after minutes of back and forth, he breaks when she says that he is “trespassing.”
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