On September 16, a massive brawl broke out at a Publix supermarket in Temple Gardens, Florida, and now the video of the incident is going viral.
According to Daily Mail, it all started when a black man ordered chicken wings at the deli counter and began using the n-word with the female employee who was working on his order. When another employee told the man to stop speaking that way, he began screaming and acting crazy.
“You wouldn’t really think to see that in the deli department, you know, or even a grocery store at that,” said Jessica Jordan, who witnessed the fight. “I was like, ‘Ugh, great, rude people.’ I just felt like he was kind of, um, loud and obnoxious.”
She went on to say that things got worse when the employee told the man to calm down.
“He got really outraged and told him to mind his fu*king business and kinda threw the n-word in there a few times,” she said. “The guy that was ordering chicken was like running around the deli being chased by these other customers.”
The man in the video was later identified as 59-year-old Raleigh Harris, and the man who attacked him was identified as Leon Lightbody. Though many others joined in, only Lightbody was arrested and charged with simple battery.
“An altercation occurred involving our customers. A couple of our associates placed themselves in harm’s way attempting to break it up. Fortunately, no injuries occurred,” said Publix spokesman Brian West. “The safety and well-being of our associates and customers is our first priority. We’re very disappointed the incident escalated as it did, but thankful no one was injured.”
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