Ah, the holiday season! A time for joy, a time for warmth, a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, except for those who have the unmitigated temerity to speak another language in a department store! *sings "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"*
That was the scene, anyway, at a Macy's in the Dallas area during this holiday season. In a video shared to Twitter by user @rickyy_____, a customer was seen having a bit of a meltdown as two employees sold him a purse. What set him off? The women did not have a box available that would fit his purchase, and spoke Arabic to each other while discussing where to direct him to find one. Yuletide cheer at its finest!
The video, in which the man insists the women should speak English and calls everyone challenging him "a bunch of Democrats," quickly went viral.
A second excerpt has also been posted elsewhere on Twitter:
"All you Arabs and Democrats go back where you came from.” Words of a racist idiot who harassed a Macy's employee… https://t.co/wLoL3FpbH3— JazzieeB (@JazzieeB)1545927769.0
The incident erupted over the most mundane of issues: the unavailability of a gift box that fits the purse. In the second excerpt, a fellow customer is heard saying, "Ladies, he doesn't have one dollar to buy a gift box!" and "Give him a dollar!" Another customer exclaims, "Oh man, for real?! Is that what the issue is?!" The angry man replies, "No it isn't!" before continuing:
"All you Arabs and all you Democrats! Why don't you go back where you came from!"
Of course, most Democrats come from *checks notes* right here in America, including Dallas, and it's possible to be fluent in a second language even if you were born here, but something tells me fact-checking this guy is probably a fool's errand.
This is, after all, a man who's most heated reaction came when one of his fellow customer's called him a "snowflake." "F--k you," the man erupted.
As you might expect, Twitter was heated about the man's tantrum:
This racist incident happened at a Macy’s in Dallas, TX. As twitter finds out who this racist is, I think it’s imp… https://t.co/drLHguwrhA— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1545870912.0
Racist white guy yells “Arabs & Democrats go back where they came from” b/c he heard a woman speak Arabic at Macy’s… https://t.co/BmNOfrKHc4— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1545837033.0
@DailySabah 😭😭😭What a country the hope of the world has come to? There's always a reason for the DOWNFALL of a SUPER POWER.— Alhassan Kambalah (@Alhassan Kambalah)1545865503.0
@MuslimIQ Some poor family lost there designated drunk uncle during the holidays.— Queenbee (@Queenbee)1545839875.0
@BrianH8467 @MuslimIQ Please, we need more of you here.— Jonathan P (@Jonathan P)1545878524.0
A racist douchebag was filmed telling a woman that she should go back to where she came from simply because she was… https://t.co/TJiMPXPsvJ— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1545881626.0
Imagine calling arabs white when white People dont like us and treat us like this https://t.co/W3nFsARFbx— FA (@FA)1545789515.0
RACIST [smiling]: Go back to wherever you came from, Arabs and Democrats! TEENAGER: Haha, you’re a snowflake dude.… https://t.co/7YnqKcFXRA— Jules Suzdaltsev (@Jules Suzdaltsev)1545853713.0
@Newsweek Hello unemployment line.— thomas hughes (@thomas hughes)1545892303.0
@Newsweek Ah yes! The age old tradition of racism + Christmas... Well not entirely racism, I mean, accusing ppl of… https://t.co/Ddbtbp1ZmQ— RF (@RF)1545891691.0
‘Go back to where you came from’: Racist customer shouts at Arabic-speaking employee: https://t.co/yHgslxS4XT this… https://t.co/BW0OSdpykC— AFRO-SPANISH-ASIATIC: Rep All Three Of My Cultures (@AFRO-SPANISH-ASIATIC: Rep All Three Of My Cultures)1545917751.0
So funny how the people always shouting go back to where you came from don't get that these same words to their anc… https://t.co/9OK3D9tShK— SunnyAnderson (@SunnyAnderson)1545913051.0
A spokesperson for Macy's told Yahoo Lifestyle:
"We believe our Macy's employees and customers should be treated with dignity, respect and kindness. We aim to create a welcoming environment, and we apologize for what occurred in our store. We are investigating this incident."