A Vans store employee at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas was terminated after saying “f*ck you” to a 14-year-old customer who wore a red MAGA hat into the store.
The incident occurred on Sunday and its aftermath was recorded and posted to social media. In a video, the teenager’s mother confronts the employee, then takes the issue up with the store manager, Daily Caller originally reported.
The video of the subsequent exchange between the mother and the employee does not show the employee’s actual remark, but it does show the mother confronting the employee, who does not deny having made the remark. In the video, the mother says, “He did nothing to you. And what did you say to my son, to my fourteen-year-old son?”
The employee responds, “I’m sure he’s heard it before.”
The mom takes charge, saying, “Where’s your manager? Let’s go,” and heads for the store’s manager. She turns back and says to the employee, “You touched my child.”
The employee mutters, “I’m not touching him …”
The mother continues, “Let’s go. Let’s find your manager now.” Once she reaches the manager, she asserts, “My son walked into the store. That gentleman first told him, ‘Take off your hat.’” Referencing her son, she continues, “He said nothing to him, a fourteen-year-old child.” Referring to the employee, she says, “Then he said, ‘F you’ to my son. My son said nothing to him. Did nothing. That is a disrespectful punk right there.” Referring to her son, she concludes, “He did nothing.”
Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. A Vans store employee at Oak Park Mall, Kansas told a 14-year-old "f*ck you" for wearing a MAGA hat. Let's get him fired. pic.twitter.com/PNkPqAxBci
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) February 17, 2019
Surprised? Yeah, us either. The only thing surprising here is that Vans can still afford to have actual shops.
A spokeswoman for Vans stated to The Daily Caller, “Our focus is to provide the best customer service experience. We did let this employee go. He is no longer with our company. The actions and comments from this employee at the Oak Park location is in contrast with our values and beliefs.” She added, “We have taken care of the situation.”