A Walmart in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y., has fired an assistant manager after complaints from a Muslim activist group that the man used his Facebook page to post a photo of two Muslim women shopping, with derogatory remarks about their traditional clothing.
“Halloween came early this year. … Do they really have to [expletive] dress like that … your in my country … get that [expletive] [expletive] off,” the assistant manager Terry Earsing, wrote under the photo.
An official for the New York state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations told BizPac Review Friday that her organization had been contacted by a Muslim resident of Hamburg, N.Y., who saw the posting.
CAIR New York asked Walmart to discipline the employee, said Sadyia Khyalique, operations coordinator for the group, but did not specifically ask that he be fired.
“We really commend Walmart,” she said.
In an interview with the Buffalo News, Earsing said the incident started out as a joke and apologized that it had gone too far.
“I’m truly, honestly sorry about the whole thing. I just apologize,” he told the paper. “I don’t know what else I can say.”
He said he made the post at home after a friend sent him the picture.
“I didn’t do it from work,” he said.
Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said the company decided to act when it was contacted by CAIR.
“As soon as we became aware, we began looking into this and as a result, this associate is no longer with the company,” Whaling said, according to the Buffalo News. “We set high expectations for our associates, and this associate clearly failed to meet these expectations at every level.”
Khyalique said CAIR welcomed Earsing’s apology, but said the disciplinary action was up to Walmart.