“Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!” Representative of Georgia, Erica Thomas tweeted on July 19. 

Thomas stated on a Facebook Live video on Friday, that she was at a Publix Super Market purchasing groceries with her daughter. She was in the express lane for ten items or less but she had 15 plus items. Thomas alleged that a man named Eric Sparkes verbally assaulted her while she was checking out her groceries. Sparkes and Thomas began to have a verbal dispute at the checkout. 

The video went viral and the hashtag #IStandWithErica trended over the weekend. 

Thomas claims that Sparkes called her an “SOB and to go back to where you came from.” In an interview with 11Live, Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters while Sparkes tried to state his side of the story. 

“You don’t get a spotlight, you don’t get anything at all because you degraded me,” Thomas said “everybody needs to know what you did to me, as a woman who is nine months pregnant.”

Sparkes told reporters that he confronted her at the checkout line for 10 items or less and does admit he cursed at her but did not say anything racist. Thomas also claimed that Sparkes was a white man, which he denied.

While Sparkes denied being racist, he admitted to calling Thomas “a selfish little b*tch,” spelling out the profane word. 

“I did say that, that’s all I said, then I walked out of Publix. Her words stating on twitter and her video, stating I told her she needs ‘to go back where she came from,’ are not true, I am Cuban, I am not white,” Sparkes said. 

Some people are beginning to believe that the incident that happened to Thomas is a hoax and are starting to compare the incident to the Jussie Smollet case, where he accused to be physically assaulted by men wearing MAGA apparel. 

In a video posted by the Washington Examiner, Thomas states, “I don’t know what he said, he said ‘go back,’ those types of words, I don’t want to say he said ‘to go back to your country or go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references.” 

Sparkes believes this is just some political stunt and he is wrongfully being attacked. The incident between Sparkes and Thomas happened several days after President Trump told the four progressive congress women to go back to where they came from. 

Written ByMaydeen Merino

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