Racial Slur At Craft Store Leaves Customers Outraged (Photo)

| by Sean Kelly

An Indianapolis, Indiana, woman was shocked and outraged to discover a racial epithet spelled out in a display of craft letters at an arts and crafts store.

Bridgette Drake posted about the incident on Facebook, explaining that she’d gone to her local Michaels store with her 12-year-old daughter and noticed that somebody had used the craft letters to display a misspelled version of the N-word. 

“I went to the front and told them about the issue," Drake wrote in the Jan. 23 Facebook post. "The response they had was more than [ridiculous], ignorant, racist and truly [unacceptable]. The lady said while laughing, ‘Oh I did that (sarcastically), but no really that is hilarious.’ To which I replied ‘No that is not hilarious you need to go fix it.'"

“She realized I was not amused or joking and completely changed her joking jovial face," Drake continued. "Just because I am white, I do not tolerate injustice and also find it absurd that she would assume I would find racial slurs even moderately funny.”

Drake wrote that her biracial daughter, who was with her at the time, was “beyond devastated” by the shocking phrase displayed in the store. 

“To say the least the employee's behavior was beyond inappropriate and you should be ashamed for hiring such employees," Drake wrote of the employee. "She should be fired."

She later posted an update on the incident, saying that she was contacted by the district manager, who promised to handle the situation.

Drake’s post quickly went viral, garnering over 5,500 shares and over 5,000 likes in two days.

Sources: WTHR, Bridgette Drake/Facebook / Photo credit: Facebook, Mike Mozart/Flickr