A drug store manager in Illinois is under fire this week for allegations that he called police on a customer because he did not recognize the coupon she had attempted to redeem.
According to a now-deleted social media post from Camilla Hudson, the black woman had attempted to use the coupon on Friday night at the CVS location on North Broadway in Chicago.
“So, THIS just happened: I had the police called on me for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago!” she wrote, according to Fox News.
That Facebook post had been removed and replaced with another message as of Saturday night. Hudson, who also captured video of the interaction, wrote that the social media company had taken down her initial post because it “violated their policies.”
As revealed in the video, the manager identified as Morry Matson appeared to describe Hudson as an “African-American,” leading her to interject.
“Black,” she said. “No, I’m not African-American. I’m black. Black isn’t a bad word.”
Reports indicate Matson has been involved in local politics in addition to his job as a CVS manager.
He has been identified as a Republican who is currently seeking a position as alderman. He was also a state delegate for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election and serves as the president of a state group focused on LGBT issues within the GOP.
After the phone call, three local officers were reportedly dispatched to the store and spoke to the manager and customer.
As for the pharmacy chain, it reacted swiftly to the complaint with a corporate statement.
“CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again. CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores.”
As CrimeOnline has previously reported, similar reports in recent weeks have shed light on a racial issue many find especially troubling.
Last month, a California woman earned widespread criticism for calling the police on a young girl selling water in the neighborhood.
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