A U.S. soldier in uniform criticized a customer who made blatantly racist remarks against a Muslim cashier on ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do?
The soldier was one of multiple customers to stand up for the Muslim cashier and tell the man acting racist that he was wrong, according to Gawker.com.
Both the cashier and the racist customer were actors, and members of the show interviewed some customers who had responded vocally to the situation in the deli.
One woman who looked shocked by the customer’s remarks told the show’s producers that she was bothered by his racism.
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“I don’t think it’s right for people to act that way,” she said.
One man, however, said he agreed with what the racist-acting customer said. He chimed in with the racist remarks and added that he did not trust any Muslims.
“It’s kind of hard to see the difference between Muslim and terrorist,” he told producers outside the deli.
When the actor started making his racist comments to a soldier in uniform buying food from the deli, the soldier told him to leave the deli and said people are free to practoce any religion they want in America.
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"You have a choice to shop anywhere just like he has a choice to practice his religion anywhere,” the soldier said. “That's the reason I wear the uniform — so anyone can live free in this country."
The hidden camera show was shot near to a mosque that had been desecrated by graffiti with racial slurs against Muslims in 2010.