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’
“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
“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