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'Target Tammy' Tells Black Women 'You Are Perfect for the Court System': Video

"You guys should all go to court because you're trained liars," a woman said to three friends shopping for hats.

Three Black women were shopping at a Target store in Nashville, Tenn., when an angry woman verbally harassed them, saying the women "Don't belong here" and that they are "perfect for the court system."


Lena Jones, one of the women involved in the incident, said in a Facebook post that the group was talking about the 1992 film, "Boomerang" when the woman came up to them:

"We just had a BBQ Becky experience! This was just the last 3 minutes of it, but this woman [literally] approached us, told us our brief reference to Eartha Kitt in 'Boomerang' was an inappropriate conversation and asked us to leave."

The cellphone video has since been deleted from Facebook, but has been shared on YouTube and Twitter and is going viral.

Breaking: 'Target Tammy': Customer scolds shoppers for 'talking about sex in public' youtu.be

"You were talking about sex in public," the white woman, who has not yet been identified, said.

The women asked her to repeat what they said that was so offensive.

She again said, "You were talking about sex in public."

The women responded they were not talking about sex, rather talking about the hat Eartha Kitt wore in the film.

"I want us to stop engaging with this woman," one of the friends says.

But the woman, wearing a NASA sweat shirt, continued her rant calling one of the women "abusive," and said, "You make up lies on the spot."

"I understand that you're ignorant," one of the friends responded.

But the woman continued her rant.

"I didn't realize talking about sex in public was normal," she said.

A Target associate eventually approached the women to ask if everything was okay.

"I know you're trained liars.... you're perfect for the court system," the white woman says of the friends. "You guys should all go to court because you're trained liars."

The encounter was unprovoked.

"My cousin and I were visiting my best friend from out of state and we stopped by Target to buy a phone charger," one of the women, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Yahoo Lifestyle.

"I told my friend to try on a hat that looked like something Eartha Kitt's character would wear in the film and she said no because her character had sex with a younger man.

"I live in the South and have never experienced something like this. You never think it could happen to you. We're educated women — we are not aggressive people and we avoid conflict."

Commenters dubbed the woman "Target Tammy":

Reader Question: What would your reaction have been if someone approached you in such a manner while you were shopping?

The Conversation (4)
TRACI06 Dec, 2018

Firstly, I'd give her a chance to back off by asking her does she REALLY want to do this; just in case she was going through a temporary "meltdown" that had nothing to do with me. If she then did not come to her senses, I would have commenced to quietly(a real effort for me) but stearnly warning her of her unwarranted actions towards me/us complete curse words for emphasis. The look in my eyes would inform her things may take an irrevocable turn really quick. WE MUST STAND UP against this crap!!

votetocorrect06 Dec, 2018

I am sick of racist trying to put Black in their place. The place for these racist are locked up in jail or in a mental institution!

05 Dec, 2018

I don’t understand why Black People feel the need to Explain Themselves??? The white Person Obviously Knows She has the upper hand . They should have continued shopping and Totally ignored her . If she blocked the Exit , she would have gotten her A** Beat !

Weona Brown05 Dec, 2018

I understand having to deal with ignorance - however lumping all whites in with that woman is just as bad as blaming all blacks - people should be individuals and therefore NOT seen as a representative of a race because I promise you she is not my representative.

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