Posted on 05 January 2011 by Garibaldi
Islamophobia? What Islamophobia?
Hate crime charge filed in Seattle grocery store attack
King County prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against a Seattle man accused of accosting a supermarket clerk.
According to charging documents, Charles Anthel Webb, 42, told a clerk at a Central District Grocery Outlet store he would kill her if she didn’t leave the country.
The cashier, whose name is common to the Middle East and North Africa, was processing Webb’s purchases when he began berating her, a Seattle police detective told the court.
As the Dec. 26 altercation continued, Webb called her several derogatory names, then told her and a customer who’d attempted to intervene to go back to their “own” countries, the detective claimed.
Webb is then alleged to have told the cashier he would “get her” when her shift ended.
“I’m going to get you when you get off,” Webb allegedly said. “Go back to your own country.”
Webb was arrested nearby. According to court documents, he claimed to have been threatened with a box cutter at the store.
Charged with malicious harassment, Webb remains jailed.
Posted on 09 July 2009 by Emperor
Have you ever walked down the grocery aisle and been intrigued or even bemused by the tabloids on the shelf? I can remember as a kid in the check out aisle staring at such titles as Swamp Monster Stalks Outskirts of Town or Michael Jackson Weds Alien but rarely have I ever seen a heading such as the below,
Bigotry on the Checkout
As Kabobfest contributor Mohammad noted the National Examiner is obviously a rag piece of paper but the title is still shocking and if it were any other group, Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Gays who were labeled as the “enemy” there would be a tremendous uproar and response. The other sad truth to note is that a lot of people in fact believe that magazines such as The National Examiner that deal and trade in yellow journalism are legitimate sources of information and news. Edward J. Streb who has been studying tabloids for the past 17 years says,
many regular readers of the National Enquirer do believe what they read in the pages of the oldest and most successful of the tabloids [and that] tabloid readers- especially those who peruse the National Enquirer-find such papers credible.
So though I don’t want to overblow this obviously ridiculous and strange front page tabloid article it is worthy to note that this wouldn’t happen with any other group and that people who read these papers aren’t doing it for simple entertainment but really believe what they’re reading.