An assistant manger at a Buffalo-area Walmart was fired after posting a derogatory photo of two women in his store Friday, according to The Buffalo News.
Terry Earsing posted a photograph from behind of two Muslim women dressed in full cover, with the comments, “Halloween came early this year ... do they really have to ... dress like that ... your in my country ... get that ... off!!!!!.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national civil liberties organization that advocates on behalf of Muslims, identified him.
“As soon as we became aware, we began looking into this and as a result, this associate is no longer with the company,” said Kayla Whaling, representative for Walmart. “We set high expectations for our associates, and this associate clearly failed to meet these expectations at every level.”
Earsing apologized for the comments in a telephone interview with The Buffalo News.
“I’m truly, honestly sorry about the whole thing. I just apologize. I don’t know what else I can say,” he said.
CAIR urged “appropriate disciplinary action” and Ryan Mahoney, the New York chapter’s president, praised Walmart for acting quickly and following its policies.
“We absolutely commend them for doing the right thing,” said Ryan Mahoney. “I wish this person didn’t take this course of action and force this outcome.”
CAIR voiced displeasure because the organization thought the photograph was taken while the assistant manager was working.
“Because he did it at his job, it’s not about personal expression, it’s about Wal-Mart’s policy toward hate speech,” said Mahoney.
However, Earsing said he made the post from home.