‘It’s disgusting that it happened’: Shopper goes on racist rant at Melton Coles

canberratimes

January 5 2017 – 12:05PM

Deborah Gough

A woman has gone on a racist rant against two shoppers at a Coles supermarket in Melbourne’s west, threatening them with a food tin and abusing staff as they tried to defuse the aggressive situation.

An account of the rant suggests the woman became aggressive when she thought two women of African appearance had pushed in front of her at the checkout at Coles in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton on Wednesday afternoon.

“I was here, I was here first,” the woman yells in the video.

As staff attempt to take her to another register she picks up what looks like a Milo tin and threatens to throw it at one of the two women.

The woman became aggressive while shopping at a Coles supermarket in Melton. Photo: supplied

The woman became aggressive while shopping at a Coles supermarket in Melton. Photo: supplied

“I’ll f—ing throw it at you, c—,” she rants.

“‘You f—ing go back to your own country, you piece of f—ing shit,” she can be heard saying on the video.

The woman, who is accompanied by a toddler girl, is eventually escorted away by staff.

The video appears on the public Facebook page Melton/Bacchus Marsh Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down where it was given the thumbs down by anonymous administrators.

“Thumbs down to this woman for her language, racist taunts and disgusting attitude. I am horrified to think this thing may live in OUR town. This is not how we act in Melton. Shame on anyone who thinks her behaviour is acceptable,” the administrator wrote.

Many commented that the racist and aggressive behaviour was particularly upsetting because the woman was with a little girl at the time.

Speaking to Fairfax Media, the administrator said the original post described the video as a “classic day in Melton” but the administrator said this did not reflect the suburb.

“This is not an everyday occurrence in Melton and, if it was, no one would have made a video of it because it would be happening all the time,” the administrator said.

“It is disgusting that it happened.”

The administrator said Woodgrove Coles staff who subscribed to the Facebook page confirmed the rant had occurred on Wednesday but said the two women who were the subject of the rant had not “pushed in”.

The administrator said initial reports suggested staff were the subject of the rant but the video and eyewitness accounts show they were not the target.

Coles has been contacted for comment.

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