As we’ve learned countless times, bigotry never rests. When Carolina Buitrón and her family tried to check out at a Naperville, Illinois gas station, the cashier refused them service. He’s since been suspended.
“He started asking about my cousins, if they were illegal, family or friends, are they adopted,” Buitrón told NBC Chicago. That’s when she started recording the interaction.
In a video posted on Facebook, the Bucky’s Express employee is heard telling two women that “ICE will come” for them and asking them whether they were citizens. When one of the women said she is a US citizen and asked him what his problem was, he said, “Don’t you know the rules? They need to go back to their country. It’s illegal.”
Following the video circulating online, a spokesman for Buchanan Energy Co. of Omaha, Nebraska, which owns dozens Bucky’s Express shops in the Chicago area, released a statement. “The comments of this associate are not reflective of the core values of Bucky’s Convenience Stores,” he said. “We are aware of the situation and are managing this personnel issue. We take this matter seriously and strive to ensure that all customers are treated with respect.”