A new video of White people harassing people of color has gone viral, this time over a fruit stand.
The incident happened in the town of Canyon Country, California, northwest of Los Angeles. The video shows a White couple harassing two Hispanic men over a fruit stand they are operating near a gas station.
The video begins with the White woman announcing that the Sheriff has been called, before the White man begins cursing at the Hispanic men and demanding they leave. (Warning: This video contains offensive language.)
The couple in the video has been identified by local radio station KHTS as business owners Renee McAlonis and Mike Foster, who own Bergie’s Bar and Grill in nearby Santa Clarita, California.
In the video, Foster is heard repeatedly telling the Hispanic men that the fruit stand is “ghetto” and demanding they leave.
When one of the Hispanic men protests that the fruit stand isn’t hurting anyone, Foster unleashes a torrent of profanity.
“Get it the f*ck out of here, this isn’t Pacoima, it looks like sh*t… We aren’t the f*cking ghetto, it needs to go.”
Pacoima is a heavily Hispanic neighborhood in the nearby San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.
When the Hispanic man asks Foster to clarify what makes the fruit stand “ghetto,” Foster stammers and then begins talking about permits and tax documents.
“Where’s your health permit? Where’s your resale permit? Prove you pay taxes.”
The Hispanic man then expresses his disbelief at the incident.
“That’s crazy. I never thought I’d experience this firsthand. You’re that upset that you need to come out here and, like, belittle these people?”
Speaking to KHTS, the fruit vendor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he felt scared by Foster and McAlonis’s confrontation.
“The lady said we couldn’t sell because we didn’t pay taxes and because we were from Mexico… We had water to have customers wash their hands, and (McAlonis) threw it on the ground.”
In response to the video, the Bergie’s Bar and Grill page on Yelp has been flooded with so many negative reviews it has prompted an “unusual activity” warning to appear when going to the page.
On Twitter, people were outraged by Foster’s harassment.
Is this what we’ve become…or who we’ve always been? https://t.co/hzJ4Anzea6
— Looking For Paul Revere (@JackintheOBX) July 15, 2020
— Nellie (@nellie_roll23) July 15, 2020
Episode 78423842 https://t.co/J7Zir06CSQ
— #JUSTICEFORBREONNATAYLOR TODAY • VIRGO🤴🏾 (@TheJamesonShow) July 15, 2020
Frutas before Putas 🥝🍊🍓🍍
— L a l o E l a n ★ (@LaloElan) July 14, 2020
When did it become acceptable to harass street venders? This is the owner of Bergies Bar and Grill, Santa Clarita. “This isn’t Pacoima!” WHAT! 😡
Tired of these racist rants. DON’T PATRONIZE THIS BUSINESS!There are better places we can spend our money. https://t.co/mYOGBLqw6O
— Dianne Ripley Marney (@maestramarney) July 14, 2020
Why can't people just live and let live? This makes me feel sad then I saw (thought I saw) the guy's zipper down. https://t.co/1WAKdqrECb
— madninnie (@madninnie2) July 15, 2020
America would be a better place if some white people learned to say 'whatever'.
Produce? They're going to the mat over produce? https://t.co/hfrzavXGVy
— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) July 14, 2020
Wonder if they attack kids lemonade stands with the same attitude? https://t.co/8otE4iezLX
— love my altitude #IBelieveTaraReade🌹 (@marbethflies) July 14, 2020
Why do people do this? Why are they so hateful? These people are just trying to survive! Leave them alone!WATCH: Hispanic man harassed by white couple for bringing his ‘ghetto’ fruit stand to their community #SmartNews https://t.co/8xO6pb9UIu
— Snowflake (@e_tauline) July 14, 2020
The 💩🧠🧠🧠🧠 should worry more about walking around with his fly open. https://t.co/4vVAqDCRV7
— Mark McLaughlin (@Artazen72) July 15, 2020
Because trying to make a living in this environment is a bad thing. I love those fruit vendors…they have great fruit at decent prices and Bęinğ color and life to boring suburbia.
— Db (@dbbddbbddbbddb) July 14, 2020
white people seem to have a lot of free time.
When I have free time, I don't stop on the road to harass people…
Any suggestions about how white people can use their free time besides being an irritant to others? https://t.co/k6vN1q8raq
— LovingLife (@MChieftech714) July 14, 2020
For his part, the fruit vendor is undeterred by Foster’s attack: He told KHTS that he will be back selling fruit in the neighborhood next Monday, just a bit down the street from the location where the incident took place.