An Oregon plumber has been fired after he was caught on video yelling racial slurs at a woman while driving in Washington County.
Susan Khalaf posted the video on Facebook on Jan. 5, KGW reported. The footage (video below) shows a man yelling racial slurs at her from the window of his car.
The man had reportedly thought Khalaf was Hispanic. Khalaf, who is actually of Arab descent, tried to correct him, but the man continued yelling Hispanic racial slurs at her.
“When we stopped again at a light, I look at him and he's still flailing out the window, and so I pulled out my camera and decided to record him,” Khalaf told KGW. “I thought maybe he can see what he looks like, saying all these nasty, racial slurs.”
Warning: video contains offensive language
The video quickly went viral on Facebook, garnering over 200,000 likes and 5,000 shares in one day. The original post has since been removed but not before social media users could identify the man as an employee of a local plumbing company.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray confirmed the man’s identity as 35-year-old Joseph Metoxen, Oregon Live reported. Ray said Metoxen had called the sheriff’s office on Jan. 5 fearing for his safety after the video went viral on Facebook.
As deputies looked into Metoxen’s background, they discovered he was wanted on a municipal warrant for criminal mischief. That warrant was not related to the road rage incident. Metoxen was then arrested at his home, Ray said.
Metoxen was also terminated from his job at Wolcott Plumbing after the company became aware of the video. He had been working there since spring of 2012. The company president issued the following statement:
First of all, this is a very upsetting situation. Under no circumstances do I personally nor do we as a company condone the use of abusive language of any kind to anyone. Last night I became aware that a video existed, potentially of one of my employees after work hours, using racial slurs, while driving in his personal vehicle. Upon further investigation today, I learned and confirmed it was one of my employees in the video.
Khalaf, who is Jordanian, said she’s encountered racism before but nothing quite like this. Still, she said she was glad to see the support she received on social media.
“I don't believe the majority of people are racist or have hatred, so it was just nice to see all the support,” Khalaf told KGW. “I just wanted to expose him and let people see what kind of person he is, and also hopefully he'll learn something from it and maybe change.”