Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

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Several readers of edhat sent us the below video that was posted on Instagram. The video was posted this week by local DJ Ian Soleimani in front of the Boathouse Restaurant at Hendry's Beach.

The video shows a local woman arguing with an employee of the Boathouse at its entrance near the walkway to the public beach, seemingly over an unpaid bill. Soleimani starts filming as the interaction gets more heated. The woman then turns to him and begins a slew of racist rants.

At the time of publication, the video received nearly 20,000 views and 450 comments. With permission from the video's owner, the video is provided in full below:

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CelesteBarber May 16, 2022 03:56 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I am happy to correct the Pledge incident before the Board of Trustees, SBCC (Jan. 2019). I sued the college, at my own expense, because the California Brown Act was violated by members of the audience, all faculty. Public Comment is a right in this state. The attempt was made to silence me and disrupt the meeting. That's against the law. The college's attorneys agreed, and why we did not need to go to court. I never asked for money, nor did I receive any money. The only issue was the violation of the right to speak without intimidation when recognized during a public meeting. The incident in question was triggered by one person, a white faculty member. I was there to request (not demand) that the trustees as a body reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance, as is common practice at government meetings, including City Council and Board of Supervisors, as well as School Board. The incoming board president, Robert Miller, had discontinued the practice on his own, a violation of Board policy. The previous week, I privately emailed him to request reinstatement. He declined, stating the Pledge was steeped in a racist history. I wrote back, again requesting that he reinstate the Pledge. When he did not respond, I decided my next course of action would be to take it to the full board during Public Comment. Normally, very few people attend the trustees meetings. I was surprised when I saw a large group of students and some faculty arrive shortly before the meeting started. They were there for a separate issue. I would also like to make clear that the students were respectful of my statement throughout. They stood quietly on the dais behind the board. The only action they ever took -- one that I would absolutely defend -- was when they took a knee during the Pledge recitation. They behaved with dignity, including for respect for themselves. I was proud of them It was the faculty that caused the problem. They attempted to incite people there, and to shut down the trustees meeting. Had that one faculty member remained silent during Public Comment, I wouldn't be writing this clarification here today. I'd have made my comment, told my father's story as a soldier in WWII, and my own story of living in
East Berlin and what the flag means to Americans stationed in far off places. The recited the Pledge, and left the room with a close friend and a Gold Star mother also in attendance. That would have been that. The Board of Trustees would then have voted to reinstate or not. I'd have accepted either way the vote went, because that's what we do in this country. I sued because no one has the right to disrupt a public meeting, especially during public comment. Those few minutes allow anyone -- rich, poor, old, infirm, homeless, citizen and undocumented -- the right to freely and openly address their elected officials and be listened to. It's a precious right. Months later, Nick Welsh asked me why I had contacted conservative news (I hadn't), and why I only spoke to them. I told him, "Because they called, you didn't." Nick took that to heart. It's one of many reasons why I respect his journalism and his ethics. For the record, I am left of center.

Thomas John May 16, 2022 06:23 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I don't think she's saying she is in 'control' of SB. But it is a passionate stance about using this platform to shame people. The edhat content editors are usually way more conservative on what they let go on this site.

Bene May 16, 2022 06:49 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I think the fact that this woman later in the recording went racist, has blinded many many commenters to the deeper issue here---she was being recorded BEFORE she made the racist crap. So what kind of society are we becoming that every argument between people where we don't know the background gets recorded and thus aggravated? So many times domestic violence victims, for example, appear to be the "bad guy" from a passerby who doesn't know the background because the victim is acting loud and upset. In saying this I shouldn't have to point this out, but the way people are so quick to attack, I will disclaim that of COURSE I'm not calling this woman the victim, I'm just using an example of a general principle. People used to go to public hangings and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the show. Not saying the person being hanged wasn't a criminal, but it makes me physically ill to see glee when wrongdoers are punished. We should feel sadness that a fellow human has fallen so far, not superiority and gloating and glee. Some psychological tests indicate many prison guards are on the same aggression scale as the prisoners. Those who condemn with glee are in a way no better than the criminal. It's all ugly. If someone is a murderer or racist, don't let that be an excuse to bring out your ugly. BTW, I myself have seen ugly behavior and reacted with self righteousness---that was easy. But then with supreme effort tried instead to be kind to the person. So hard! But in several cases kindness stopped the tirade and made the person sheepish and sorry. So maybe they turned it around in future? I don't know, but I hope so. In any event, I am positive that attacking and shaming them would have only made them far worse in the future. So what does that accomplish to make less hate and anger in the world?

Bene May 16, 2022 07:14 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

sacjon you are out of line with that comment. You know quite well that is not what I am saying. So are you saying we need to ratchet it up and add more hate? Is that going to make people less racist? I don't know what your goal is, but my goal is to stop the violence and hatred, not to show how superior I am. The best way to show someone what a fool they are? Treat them with kindness. Then they feel shamed acting the way they are and might actually change. Adding more hate for the haters? How's that workin out for this country?

sacjon May 16, 2022 08:14 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

BENE - "So are you saying we need to ratchet it up and add more hate?" Nope never said that anywhere, just saying exposing racists is not a bad thing. If you want to treat them with kindness, that's fine, go for it. But perhaps the person taking this video was sick of being the target of racism and decided to publicize this vile rant. If you feel sorry for the racist, I can't help you.

sacjon May 16, 2022 08:19 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

"I said very clearly that the filming commenced BEFORE she showed racism." - How do you know that? Where you there? Nothing in the video or article says she mentioned nothing about race before the video started. And so what? Maybe, had there been no racist rant, he wouldn't have posted it as it was just an argument and not really "newsworthy." You're really grasping at defending this woman.

Ahchooo May 16, 2022 08:36 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I’d be curious to know why the guy filming her decided to film. Very likely he was doing it as a precaution, in case the interaction with the restaurant employee went bad—and perhaps as a deterrent to violent behavior. I assume that if it had all worked out nicely, he would have deleted the recording. But when she went racist on him, he decided to post it.

He didn’t shame her, she shamed herself.

shoreline May 16, 2022 09:15 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I was thinking the same thing. I would never have seen it coming but I was loading my groceries once and heard a clearly impaired and disheveled person screaming in the face of easily identified staff. It was a deep fear inside me that it would escalate that drove me to film it on my phone. Thank goodness the worst he did was spit on her shoes but I feared for her safety. He left soon after, bottle in hand as she sobbed.
I checked on her and she was never going to forget it but she was going to be ok. I deleted the video without sharing it with anyone.
Had he touched her, I'd have turned the video over to the police.
Again, I don't consider myself a drama girl but felt compelled to capture the moment in case it escalated.
As for someone earlier suggesting that any one of us take glee in watching it play out, I say absolutely not. Mortified? Yes

Bene May 17, 2022 07:12 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

sacjon, your supposition that we do not know if she was being racist before the filming commenced, is one of the most illogical things I have ever heard. Her argument was about a restaurant bill and her argument was with a blonde lady. I think it's clear that her racist remarks were directed at the filmer not the blonde lady. Therefore that clearly proves that the racist remarks only began when he got involved and started filming. Of course that does not excuse the racist remarks. But My original point had nothing to do with her racism, but to do with the general concept of filming people when it's not clear they are committing or will commit a crime. The filmer could not have known she was going to go racist at the point he started filming. You ask how do I know this? My point above and also just watch the video and you'll see that the video begins with her just arguing about a restaurant bill until she gets mad that he's filming her. As for your repeated jabs at me that I would dare feel sorry for a racist, I'm not particularly feeling sorry for her as much as I am standing up for the general concept of not running around filming everything that people do. But now that you mention it, I probably should feel sorry for her because I feel sorry for murderers too. I feel sorry for anybody who has lost their way and is not living according to the highest good of society and their own soul. And in my experience, if you want to change somebody's wrong thinking, kindness works better than self-righteous gloating and scolding.

sacjon May 17, 2022 10:05 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

BENE - You're assuming everything and ignoring actual facts. Another, very important, point you ignored - she mentioned, at least once, that she would have been "violent" (see 1:13 in the video) had the young man not been filming and then told him at the end he "saved [the employee's] life" by being there.

Still think he was in the wrong for documenting this and sharing it?

shoreline May 17, 2022 12:49 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Embarrassed beyond belief that she would shame herself and everyone who knows and is associated with her so senselessly.
And if I'm being honest, embarrassed that she brought such negative attention to a community of people that I love and am proud of, on the whole. As a community of caring individuals, we can't let her define us.

shoreline May 17, 2022 12:57 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I hear your argument that she was not racist until she was being filmed but your missing the point that the reason she was being filmed was that she was being entirely disrespectful and acting erratically. Filming her did not make her spontaneously racist. She just put her true colors on grand display.

sacjon May 17, 2022 01:24 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

BENE - "attacking and shaming them would have only made them far worse in the future" - where was this woman attacked or shamed? The guy filming kept calm and quiet as he filmed her making threats of violence and racist comments toward him. The employee she was yelling at just stood there calmly absorbing her viciousness. So again, who was attacking her? No one was doing anything other than observing and allowing her to threaten violence and spew racism.

The act of filming a loud and angry argument is not "attacking" or shaming. It's documenting evidence in case something worse happens. Who posts videos of arguments that are quietly resolved without threats of violence or racism? No one, that's who. Similarly, had she not threatened violence and displayed her vile racism, this video never would have been posted.

GeneralTree May 17, 2022 03:16 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Bene defending racist rants from the well-dressed, white, mentally ill lady - I don't care what kind of day she was having - I don't care that someone was engaging in the constitutionally protected activity of filming in public. You are defending her behavior.

yin yang May 17, 2022 05:20 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Bene 6:49, I get what you're saying. I've struggled with this. But come out on the side, generally, of exposing nasty people.

Again, I get it. We're past the point of no return. Not sure how it will all come out, but read history, American and otherwise.

We've been at terrible points before. The pendulum is always swinging. I detest where we are at, but may not be alive to see it swing back.

We're just homonoids on this planet. There are powers stronger than us, and a universe bigger than us. Best to all. (Hubris will get us.)

yin yang May 17, 2022 05:39 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Oops, I sounded all kinds of woo woo --NOT what I meant!
Read American history -- I am in no way conversant, I read more editorially, like Jill Lepore. The country has been here before and will come out of it -- maybe.

Bene, I appreciate you and your mindset. I strive for what you value.
Sacjon, online time is destructive, even when you think you're doing good. :-)
I wish us all well...

Bene May 17, 2022 05:41 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Filming someone, especially if they are in a very humiliating moment, is most certainly shaming and incendiary. It's likely that you know better and would feel ashamed yourself if someone filmed you when you were having an argument. If you are being honest and truly cannot understand this and would not feel ashamed yourself, you are not like most people, and I can't help you with any further words. But can you truly say you are making it a better world and putting less hate into the world by having someon e who thinks badly of people of color now be even more angry at them because she thinks one filmed her for hoping for viral internet fame at her expense? Then she can go back and spread some more hate among her little racist group whatever they are and set off some more of them as well. She probably wouldn't be violent herself, but putting more hate out sets off chain reactions. Or, another scenario, what if the filmer instead had seen two people arguing and tried to actually calm the situation rather than throw grease on the fire. Pretty sure its even hard for a racist to call someone names who is being nice, and even harder still for her then to carry a race grudge. If the filmer were white, she also would become more not less hateful and spread more hate into the world. BTW, do you think anyone who witnessed that brave African American serviceman who gave his life to jump in the river and save a drowning immigrant could remain a racist? That is why integration in schools was such a good idea. It is hard to hate anyone who you actually know or know in a positive light.

sacjon May 17, 2022 05:49 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

"BTW, do you think anyone who witnessed that brave African American serviceman who gave his life to jump in the river and save a drowning immigrant could remain a racist?" - What? I don't know what you're even talking about anymore.....

Bene May 17, 2022 05:50 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Do you really think some of the things you say, or just reaching for anything to use to make your points? Let's get real here. She was sooooooo clearly being sarcastic!!! OBVIOUSLY, she was saying that to scorn the idea that he needed to be filming her. SHeesh!

Bene May 17, 2022 06:17 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

YinYang, you clearly are a person who sees the bigger picture and strives for good.
Thank you for pointing out that there are powers stronger than us and a universe bigger than us. This is comforting and puts things in perspective.

yin yang May 17, 2022 06:27 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Bene at 5:41:

You say: "Filming someone, especially if they are in a very humiliating moment, is most certainly shaming and incendiary. It's likely that you know better and would feel ashamed yourself if someone filmed you when you were having an argument. If you are being honest and truly cannot understand this and would not feel ashamed yourself, you are not like most people, and I can't help you with any further words. "

I say, as a minority, indeed, I cannot imagine and have never said anything that I am or ever was ashamed of!

yacht rocked May 16, 2022 08:04 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Don't treat them with kindness. People like her see that as weakness because she's damaged goods. I think the Boathouse staff were more than understanding at first, but she was off in her world of grievance and far far away from feeling any personal responsibility for the situation she found herself in. The last thing she was going to feel was sheepishness. She thinks everyone else are sheep!

EastBeach May 17, 2022 08:40 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

As she leaves, belligerent lady's last words to Ian are "... you saved her life ...". That is intent revealed and exactly why it was OK for Ian to be passively recording. I would have done the same to protect a co-worker.

Bene May 17, 2022 05:57 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

EastBeach, I detest this woman and her actions. But to be honest and to be moral I refuse to resort to lies just to prove a point or to do a "pile on" against an evildoer. In her case or anyone else's. Most sixth graders even could figure out she was being sarcastic when saying he saved her life. She was clearly making a dig at his motives and lack of need for him to be filming.

GeneralTree May 17, 2022 03:15 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I see some saying "Let's leave this well dressed mentally ill person alone - she's having a bad day" in spite of her racists remarks. Had this been a homeless mentally ill person - the same people would have had an entirely different perception.

sacjon May 17, 2022 03:51 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

GT - you're likely correct. Solo day drinking at the Boathouse doesn't seem like a tourist or lower income local. Either way, blaming mental illness for everything from racism to gun violence is beginning to trend among our conservative friends. Easy to blame something over which you have no control! But, let's not go down that rabbit hole here. I hope I don't regret bringing it up!

Bene May 17, 2022 05:47 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

There are no white knights for her. NO ONE could truly be on her side, got it? It is disingenuous of you to use this as a weopan against others who may disagree about tactics of dealing with people. People who are discussing this who are not wanting to call for a public hanging and getting out the dogs and torches to torch the vampire, are not on her side. If they are like me, they are apalled at the potential harm to OTHER people who may be innocent from people hoping for internet fame filming and inflaming. I personally know of a domestic violence victim who was screaming at her abuser and people thought she was the bad one. THere is potential for abuse with this phenomenon.

dukemunson May 17, 2022 08:11 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

GT - it’s interesting (and illustrative) that you bring Lazano into this. Since she’s a PE teacher and was willing to be fired because she had gotten Covid and didn’t want the vaccine she’s somehow racist (or at least racists vote for her)? Is it because she’s a woman that has a different political leaning than you that you’ve railed so hard against her, or..what?

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