A North Carolina man was arrested for multiple charges after having a bizarre, racist meltdown in a North Carolina grocery store.
A Facebook Live video of the verbal attack—captured by Facebook user Shakihla Keke Simmons—left many viewers shocked.
Warning: video contains NSFW language
The incident occurred July 23rd at the Food Lion grocery store in Hope Mills, North Carolina, near Fayetteville.
It’s not been reported what caused the incident, but the assailant has been identified as 41-year-old Eric Shane Cahoon. In the video, Cahoon, who is White, can be heard cursing and repeatedly calling a Black store employee the n-word while challenging him to a physical fight.
The Black employee tells Cahoon repeatedly to leave while refusing to otherwise engage. This seems to agitate Cahoon even more.
As Cahoon escalated his verbal abuse and attempts to goad the Black employee into a physical altercation, the employee becomes visibly more agitated. At two points he seems to step toward Cahoon, and his fellow employees repeatedly step between them.
Employees and customers can be heard repeatedly telling the Black man not to touch Cahoon—presumably in order to avoid an assault charge. Another employee intervenes and tries to get Cahoon to leave as he becomes more and more enraged.
Cahoon finally leaves, screaming obscenities the entire way out.
Cahoon was subsequently arrested by local authorities and charged with multiple crimes: ethnic intimidation, disorderly conduct by abusive language, communicating threats, intoxicated and disruptive behavior and second-degree trespassing.
On social media, people were angered by the incident.
WTAF?? I understand why ppl were trying to keep the worker from responding to that guy, i can't imagine how hard that must be. What I don't understand is that several white men in suits and a couple white customers didn't stand in front of the racist. PPL YOU HAVE TO TAKE A STAND
— MeaganK (@mekaya72) July 28, 2020
Another anti-masker racist. The two do seem to go hand in hand. https://t.co/3kY7eDMdBM
— Shirley Little (@ShirleyLittle51) July 28, 2020
How much more of this s**t do people have to tolerate, really?
Maskless man arrested after threatening Black grocery store worker during racist meltdown.https://t.co/8BHkKb3ueU
— Jayden j (@jaydenj_j) July 28, 2020
The only difference between a 2-yo having a tantrum & this man? He can go to JAIL! Maskless man arrested after threatening Black grocery store worker during racist meltdown https://t.co/qbPQXfspe8
— KeepVaBlue! (@msvavirgo) July 28, 2020
There is reasoning with these animals. This is where a white ally needs to knock that racist filth the F out. Maskless man arrested after threatening Black grocery store worker during racist meltdown – Raw Story https://t.co/B3X0vwHrk3
— Ricky RodrigueZ (@RickyRo90553610) July 28, 2020
Another crazed racist making a fool of himself https://t.co/OBBcYZFEl8
— Phillipe de Gravaux (@DreadPhil1) July 28, 2020
— deb danna (@Kookiegrandma) July 28, 2020
According to local paper The Fayetteville Observer, Cahoon was held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on $1000 bond after his arrest on Monday.