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Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:10 PM

 

Home Depot fires 60-year-old black man after Trump supporter screams racist abuse at him

A Home Depot in Albany allegedly fired a black man after a racist Trump supporter hurled abusive racial slurs at him.

The Times-Union reports that Maurice Rucker, 60-year-old black man, was let go from a job he’s held for 10 years—making $13 an hour—because he politely asked a customer to leash his dog in the store.

“I said to him, “Sir, when you have your dog in here we prefer that you keep it on a leash,'” according to the Times-Union.

He turned around and said, ‘F**k you. You’re an a*****e you’re a piece of s**t,'” Rucker said.

He says, ‘If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job.’ He said, ‘You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?'”

“I’ve lived all over the country and I’ve had no one talk to me the way that this guy talked to me,” said Rucker.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/home-depot-fires-60-year-old-black-man-trump-supporter-screams-racist-abuse/

I'm embarrassed to say this happened in my area. Maurice Rucker is an awesome guy. I've seen his band perform.

here's more on Maurice.

https://www.timesunion.com/localarts/article/Albany-artist-makes-art-with-my-heart-and-my-13017225.php

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Reply Home Depot fires 60-year-old black man after Trump supporter screams racist abuse at him (Original post)
NY_20th Jul 2018 OP
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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:13 PM

1. horrible

make america hate again. No such thing as tolerance any more.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:15 PM

2. so, why did they fire the employee?

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Response to spanone (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:19 PM

6. He essentially told the racist who insulted him he wouldn't insult him if he wasn't at work.

I empathize with Mr. Rucker but I can see why Home Depot acted as it did.. IMHO, he should have been given a warning.


I was all set to call for a boycott.

A just outcome would have been a warning for Mr. Rucker and a lifetime ban from HOME DEPOT for the racist asshat.



ON EDIT- The racist should be banned from HOME DEPOT. In the future harassed employees should immediately contact a manager. Verbal abuse, especially ugly verbal racist abuse shouldn't come with the job. I would have told that racist Deplorable to perform an anatomically impossible act on himself and laugh derisively when he was too pusillanimous to do anything about it but that's me.
Deplorables are going to feel their oats among the wrong people.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:22 PM

10. it was hardly a threat.

 

Maurice said "you wouldn't talk to me like this if I wasn't at work."

Maurice doesn't deserve to be harassed by a racist on the job.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:02 PM

35. I would sue home depot.

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Response to Meadowoak (Reply #35)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:20 PM

77. It would be a discrimination lawsuit.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:46 PM

47. Agreed. That was self defense. No reason to fire him.

Time for lawsuits and boycotts.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:11 PM

56. The employee should file charges against him.

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Response to spanone (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:20 PM

7. The manager is saying that Maurice should have disengaged from the racist.

 

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:21 PM

9. He should have but decent folk can see why he didn't.

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Response to spanone (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:21 PM

8. The article says because he confronted the racist customer rather than getting management

That he did not follow protocol in dealing with an angry customer.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:24 PM

12. Yeah, well, that excuse is not playing well in my area.

 

It was the racist that was hostile towards Maurice.

The racist was so irate he even left without his dog for a short time.

Management should have escorted the racist out the minute he came back for his dog.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:27 PM

15. Yes, I think this story getting out will turn out well for Mr. Rucker

As he certainly seems to have been wronged here and social media can often help to correct such injustices.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:36 PM

20. The guy who went after that woman in the park was charged with a hate crime. This guy should also

be charged with a hate crime.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:29 PM

16. Sounds like Mr. Rucker was rather restrained with the racist asshole.....hope he finds a better job

-no raise in ten years?-

fuck home depot

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Response to spanone (Reply #16)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:41 PM

24. A just outcome would have been a warning for Mr. Rucker and a lifetime ban from Home Depot for ...

A just outcome would have been a warning for Mr. Rucker and a lifetime ban from Home Depot for the racist asshat.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #24)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:08 PM

54. agreed

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Response to oberliner (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:52 PM

29. Seriously? They fire a long-time employee for that?

They should give him a bonus for not picking up a Home Depot hammer and doing some re-education.

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Response to spanone (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:31 PM

17. Retail 101 - Walk away and get a manager

In every retail job I've worked for the last 25 years one of the first things you learn is that if a customer is becoming belligerent you walk away and get a member of management.

This is both for the safety of staff and to keep liability at a minimum.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:46 PM

26. I agree, but what ever happened to written warnings?

Just firing a 10 year employee outright seems like overkill.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #26)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:09 PM

41. Totally agree

He'll have to try his luck with a lawsuit.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #41)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:58 PM

66. I doubt that will work

I once had an ex-principal who blackballed me unfairly. I went to an attorney who had experience suing school districts. He said that he would love to take my case, but couldn't do it without a retainer, which was money I didn't have. He said even if I could take my case, it would be years before it would come to trial. In the meantime I needed to find a new job.

So that's what I did, and that's what this guy will have to do. He doesn't have a union to protect him, so he just needs to get out there and find something new. Good luck considering he's 60. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Hopefully the publicity will help him get a new job.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:46 PM

27. This doesn't mean you FIRE him.

Explain, review, whatthefuckever, but why would they FIRE the cashier-of-the-month who had been there 10 FUCKING YEARS? This is bullshit and I hope their stock goes into the sewers where it belongs. By way of contrast, my trip to ACE yesterday and today was unbelievably awesome, helpful, and they pay local property taxes, so FUCK HOME DEPOT.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #27)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:55 PM

83. I agree. Nobody should have to put up with that abuse at work from some Trump-loving, racist

asshat. Management should have stood by the employee and banned the abusive bastard from the store for life.

This is bullshit!

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:48 PM

28. Yeah, but firing him was harsh given the provocation.

A just outcome would have been a warning for Mr. Rucker and a lifetime ban from Home Depot for the racist asshat. (REDUX)

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:09 PM

40. Too bad we have to employ HUMANS

... and not robots for these jobs, huh? Robots wouldn't be shocked and would be hurt and wouldn't be angry. They would robotically say, "Thank you for your suggestion. I will get my manager."

Human beings, however, might have a reaction, and the employee's response was more restrained than most of us would have.
Too bad the manager apparently isn't entirely human. Not to mention the patron.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:21 PM

44. I prefer a claw hammer in the neck for racist pigs.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:58 PM

67. That's great

How many times have you been called a nigger in those years you've worked retail if you don't mind me asking?

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #67)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:15 PM

68. I'm pretty sure it's a civil rights violation in New York State.

 

I've just read in another thread that Home Depot, Albany has caved in on this.

Maurice has been offered his job back.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #67)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:14 PM

75. Don't shoot the messenger

I just explain how it is in most retail settings. Workers are expendable and the laws to protect their job are fewer than most imagine.

The problem is that in an at will setting like 99% of retail is, you can be fired for any reason or no reason. Posted a link to the NYS AG's office which lays out what protections a worker has.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #67)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 08:21 AM

88. Not in retail but try being a minority cop

 

A shift where I didn’t get called some form of racial slur was a good one, but more often than not I was.

I did have to laugh at how many couldn’t exactly figure out my heritage and jumped back and forth between them or made up new ones as combinations.

And nothing that could be done. If I was a privte citizen and the same words were said to me in a public place then the person could be charged with disorderly conduct for using words likely to provoke a violent response, but the courts ruled cops are expected to take the abuse and not react the same so on the job it’s a higher standard.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:18 PM

3. I hope Home Depot has $$$$

I smell a law suit coming.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:39 PM

21. Unless he's covered under one of the exemptions listed by the NYS AG

He's presumed to be "at will" and doesn't have much recourse.

https://ag.ny.gov/labor/can-you-be-fired

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:04 PM

53. That is state law. But there are federal protections, too.

And that list is much longer.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:42 PM

71. Paging Mr. Avenatti, paging Mr. Avenatti.

Predicting this man gets a 6 figure settlement before a lawsuit is filed.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #71)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:36 PM

80. No business would want this kind of bad P.R. so I beta he gets a nice check, a raise, and his .....

..... back by Monday.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:18 PM

4. This is so fucking wrong!!!

The no good asshole customer should be BLACKLISTED from all Home Depots!! I will be watching for an apology from HD or i will NEVER SHOP THERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:18 PM

5. Home Depot will change its mind if it is deluged with

angry emails. That was an incredibly tone-deaf decision. Instead the store should have called the cops and permanently "trespassed" that racists asshole. That they did not will come back and bite them on the ass.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:26 PM

13. Exactly.

 

Our local media is covering it and I expect Maurice to be receiving an apology.

This is not playing well for Home Depot in my area.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:23 PM

11. The employee made an appropriate response to an ignorant racist. HD should reconsider.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:26 PM

14. Here's an email address:

Customer_Care@homedepot.com

Tell them what you think of this. I just did.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:56 PM

32. k and r

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:14 PM

43. Done!

Thanks for the link!

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:32 PM

18. Here is local coverage of this incident

 

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:33 PM

19. I just posted this same story..

I called and left a message at their main office. Here's the number if you'd like to call. 770-384-4646. We've shopped at that particular store before. This goes to show you that racism isn't just in the red states. This is upstate New York. There is such a feeling of uneasy in this country right now for people of color. I'm hearing family members who were around during the Civil Rights movement telling me how afraid they are.

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Response to rainlillie (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:40 PM

22. Deplorables are everywhere but if he pulled that shit in public he'd likely get a whuppin.

I'm not countenancing violence but that would be the most likely outcome.

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Response to rainlillie (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:40 PM

23. Solid blue Albany County.

 

This store is right across the road from the University at Albany.

Trump has enabled racists and it is out of control.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #23)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:45 PM

46. Yes, it is.

The MSM should do a story on the increase in hateful hostility towards people of color since the a$$hole has been in office. I know MSNBC did a town hall, but it was more or less how can POC make white folks feel less uncomfortable.

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Response to rainlillie (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:57 PM

49. I wish someone local would start a gofundme for Maurice to hold him over

until he can find another job.

It can't be easy for a 60 year old black man who's had publicity about being fired for defending himself against a racist asshole.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:46 PM

25. Looks like the manager was a racist asshole, too.

Nearly thirty years ago, when I worked in a bookstore, a nasty customer hurled a racist slur at my assistant manager, who was Vietnamese-American. I told him off, but good, and I got written up for it. I was required to call the customer and apologize to him, and that was it. I didn't get fired. Any surprise that I'm white?

BTW, my assistant manager had helped me get the job in the first place, and was one of the sweetest, kindest women I've ever known. I would never tolerate any disrespect toward her. Beautiful, too; she looked like a Vietnamese Ingrid Bergman.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:53 PM

30. Yeah, firing him was way over the top.

 

Love you story. Good for you.

You must have bitten your tongue pretty hard on that phone call.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #30)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:59 PM

33. Thank. I got it over with as quickly as possible.

But I made it sound good. No robotic I'm-sorry-for-my-behavior delivery, or the egregious "I'm sorry if you were offended" non-apology. I really needed the job, and pride doesn't pay the bills.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:01 PM

34. Racists are generally the vilest people

It is in their core, and their cruelty seldom improves regardless of laws or social norms

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #34)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:05 PM

39. And so are the people who make excuses for them.

It happened a lot in the South, where I grew up. I always heard things like: "Uncle Orel is as sweet as all git-out. He jes' don't like neegras, that's all."

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:05 PM

37. Some men are intimidated by attractive women.




And lashing out at them is a defense mechanism to vent their insecurity.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:05 PM

38. I to have worked in a Bookstore

"B*rders?"

I was also written up for telling a customer to leave the store after I witness him harassing another employee.
that customer call corporate to complain. I was told by the GM, that working in retail I should expect a certain amount of harassment from customers

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Response to Dr Vegas (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:09 PM

42. B. Dalton's Bookseller.

Borders Books & Music would have been a step up.

I have tales from the retail gulag that would turn the hair white on anyone who had never worked retail.

Welcome to DU.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:54 PM

31. Working at Home Despot is a horrible way to make a living.



But even so they should have stood behind their employee for enforcing HDs policies.
And contrary to what this asshole says, Mr Rucker is lucky to HAVE a job, such as it
is, as long as Trump is pretender to the throne.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:02 PM

36. More of that good ol' fashioned #Civility!

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:40 PM

45. That's definitely fucked up.

It's also fucked up that at a company as big and profitable as Home Depot is only paying a 10 year employee $13 an hour.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:53 PM

48. "You wear the uniform, you take the abuse"

William Pitt

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Response to GusBob (Reply #48)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 02:58 PM

50. This isn't a customer complaining about a product,

 

or a sales price, Maurice was subjected to a racist tirade.

That is absolutely not acceptable, especially in his own workplace.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #50)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:11 PM

55. I get that. This might have been before your time here

That poster, who called Obama " a piece of shit used car salesman" because he couldn't figure out his wife's health insurance, claimed if you wore the uniform of the company you had to withstand the abuse. As someone who worked in customer service I will never forget it.

He never had a real job in his life, if you stood up to him around here with 900 posts, you would be crucified by his acolytes, trust me I was

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Response to GusBob (Reply #55)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:22 PM

59. Oh, I see.

 

Sounds like a real winner.


I learned about DU on twitter so I wanted to check it out.

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Response to GusBob (Reply #55)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:33 PM

79. And when I called him out that day for calling Obama a POS

He and his fanboys and fangirls attacked me. As usual, Admin let him get away for it, just like he they did when he threatened to kill another poster, etc.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #79)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:49 PM

82. Some hard feelings are hard to forget

Best to let it go I reckon. He ain't around anymore. Don't know about his sycophants.

I will not forget when I was a low count poster and the pile on

I'm still here

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:01 PM

51. Just sent an email to Home Depot

Telling them that it is Lowes for ever now for my family and I, please do the same.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:03 PM

52. Can you or someone else start a gofundme to help tide Maurice over

until he finds another job?

It can't be easy for a 60 year old black man to find work--particularly when he's fired for standing up for himself against
a racist asshole.

I'd be happy to contribute. I'm sick of hearing these stories of Trumpster deplorable racist, bigoted jerks mouthing off to people.
And to get the guy fired? Over the top.

Of course everyone knows Home Depot co-founders Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone are both rabid Trumpsters.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:17 PM

57. Home Depot wants a backlash I guess...so what do we know about

the general manager at this store!

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:21 PM

58. a gofundme has been started for Mr. Rucker

https://www.gofundme.com/injustice-in-the-518/

Can you get some publicity for it locally?

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #58)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:24 PM

60. Wonderful.

 

Yes, I will share this on my social media.

I have a friend who works at WNYT, our NBC affiliate, and I want to push for more coverage.

A few of us are also in discussions about a protest outside of the Home Depot store.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #60)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:26 PM

62. Great! I'd love to see him get enough to let him know

that a lot of people would like to help him out and deplore the decision of his former employer not to support him against a racist jerk.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #58)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:25 PM

61. I'm all smiles right now.

 

The person who started this is a friend of mine.

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #61)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:26 PM

63. Hooray! Keep us updated!

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:36 PM

64. I already had these scumbags on my shit list just based on their doucehbag founder. Now even more

reason to not set foot in there.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 03:50 PM

65. Racial harassment should be a crime,

specifically a hate crime, wherever/whenever it occurs, ie at home, work, school, etc.

Because there are more and more of these cases where racists and fascists are more emboldened (due to Trump) to attack people verbally and sometimes even physically.

The victims of hate crimes should be fully within their rights to respond even in the workplace, and due to the inflammatory nature of the attack should be expected to overreact.. humans are not robots.

As to the free speech crowd, racial harassment is 'fighting words' and the SCOTUS has ruled that fighting words are not protected speech.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fighting_words
Fighting words are, as first defined by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in Chaplinsky v New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942), words which "by their very utterance, inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. ... Fighting words are a category of speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:27 PM

69. For music lovers

 

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:33 PM

70. I sent an email to Home Depot and got this response:

Good Afternoon,

We take any termination very seriously and we’re careful to ensure associates are treated fairly. We’re appalled by this customer’s behavior, but we also must require associates to follow proper protocol to defuse a situation for the sake of their safety and the safety of other associates and customers.

Best Regards,


The Home Depot – Customer Care
Resolution Expediter – E-Mail

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #70)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:55 PM

73. Yeah, that's a pathetic response

 

Apparently the Home Depot is caving on this and has offered Maurice his job back.

It's one thing to diffuse a situation about a sales price or a long line wait. It's quite another to be racially berated.

No protocol in the world should accept what happened to Maurice. None. It's simply not acceptable, and enough is enough.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #70)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 08:54 AM

90. I got the same email response.

However, the emails must have helped, since he got his job back. Numbers count.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:43 PM

72. Fuck Home Depot

The employee didn't follow company protocol...blah, blah, blah.

They basically fired the guy on a technicality because they didn't have the courage to deal with the issue any other way.

Firing their longtime employee was the technically 'correct' thing to do, but it sure as hell wasn't the right thing to do.

Sometimes you have to make a choice between the 'correct' thing to do, and the right thing to do.

When faced with that choice, it's usually best to go with the right thing. Home Depot chose poorly.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:10 PM

74. I never set foot in HD so no loss.

Best wishes and best of luck to Mr. Rucker.

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Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:31 PM

78. Can't say he was valued to Home Depot he started at 12 a hour 13 years it was 12.78

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Fri Jul 20, 2018, 05:42 PM

81. "Black Home Depot employee fired after altercation with Trump supporter offered job back"

A black man who was fired from Home Depot after being accosted with racial abuse by a customer has gotten his job back, says a company spokesman.

Maurice Rucker, 60, was let go from his $13-an-hour job after the incident. Rucker had politely asked a white man to leash his dog in the store.

The man responded with a torrent of abuse: “F**k you. You’re an a*****e you’re a piece of s**t.”

The man then told Rucker that “if Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job. You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?”

Rucker then told the man that he was lucky he was working the job he’s had for the last decade or he would not allow himself to be spoken to that way.

Home Depot had initially fired him for not being appropriately deferential and “disengaging” from the racist customer.

Now they feel differently.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/black-home-depot-employee-fired-altercation-trump-supporter-offered-job-back/

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 06:41 PM

84. The employee got his job back

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #84)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 07:35 PM

85. That's what I expected.

 

My area is not down with this racial bullshit.

It won't fly here.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #84)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 10:14 PM

86. He's been offered his job back but no word

if he's accepted it. I wouldn't trust them. What if they reduce his hours so he's not eligible for benefits,? Or wait a bit until things cool off and then lay him off? I wouldn't trust them.

The GoFundMe has raised $1145. for him so far.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 07:57 AM

87. Local update: He has received other job offers

 

Rucker has been contacted by other employers who read of his plight and hoped to speak to him about job possibilities. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy was among those interested in hiring Rucker, as was the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and Curtis Lumber.

Many of you wanted to know more about the man who started all this — the customer who treated Rucker so poorly. Did Home Depot ban the guy?

The company told me they couldn't do so, because they don't know his name. Neither do I. For now, he's just an anonymous man who, as I said in the first column, seems to have hate in his heart.

It is disheartening that some people go through life that way. But he is just one man, and his venom is outweighed by all of you who were upset by Rucker's story and wanted justice.



https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Churchill-After-outrage-Home-Depot-reverses-13092691.php

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Response to NY_20th (Reply #87)

Sun Jul 22, 2018, 08:29 AM

91. The gofundme set up for Mr. Rucker has raised $3123 towards a goal of $5,000.

to help him with his expenses while he's without a job.

https://www.gofundme.com/injustice-in-the-518/

I hope one of the other offers pans out for him. You have to wonder if he could trust Home Depot after they were
willing to fire a 10 year employee based on an anonymous complaint.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #91)

Mon Jul 23, 2018, 11:18 AM

93. The latest update is that he is not taking Home Depot's job offer

 

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #96)

Mon Jul 23, 2018, 10:27 PM

97. Wow! That's incredible!!

 

It was $3,333 last time I checked it.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 08:41 AM

89. As someone who signs the front of paychecks this is the way I look at it

1. No unrestrained animals allowed in our businesses. Service animals of course are legit. Another customer gets bit, we get sued. Even worse these days with social media everyone hears about

2. No abuse of our employees allowed, foul , racist language, sexual harassment. The customer is gone like a shot. Call the cops if it gets raging. A long term employee who shows up everyday for years is more important than one customer.

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Mon Jul 23, 2018, 01:30 PM

94. Black man fired by Home Depot for reacting to "racist" customer won't accept his job back.

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Response to NY_20th (Original post)

Mon Jul 23, 2018, 01:49 PM

95. hubby & I NEVER, EVER shop at Home Depot & now that we know H.D is RACIST

hubby & I NEVER, EVER shop at Home Depot & now that we know H.D is RACIST
BOYCOTT H.D.



and HD treats veterans like crap. no discount. Lowes gives hubby 10% on everything

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