Man wears KKK hood while grocery shopping in California

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

Photographs shared on social media suggest that the shopper is a middle-aged white man who was wearing shorts and a T-shirt at the time of the incident.

A person in the Vons supermarket company in Santee, was spotted having worn the white KKK hood and he refused to remove it until very shortly before he left the grocery store, sending everyone in a state of shock.

The man, who was shopping at Vons grocery storein Santee, California, was photographed by customers both anxious and perplexed and, eventually, confronted by store clerks who told him to remove the hood while he was waiting to check out.

"He was behind me in line. The citizens and Vons employees took steps to address the situation", Santee Mayor John Minto said in a statement published on the city's website Sunday evening. Standing quietly. A man in a wheelchair [went] past and saluted him and he laughed.

While others questioned why the man wasn't forced to leave the store immediately.

"Detectives from the Sheriff's Department are looking into the matter and will pursue any appropriate criminal charges", the San Diego County Sheriff's Department wrote in a Monday news release. Several members of our team asked the customer to remove it, and all requests were ignored until the customer was in the checkout area.

Vons called the incident "disturbing" and said it will work with employees on how to handle such incidents in the future. He described the hood as a "symbol of hatred", and thanked "all who stepped forward to curtail this sad reminder of intolerance". "Santee, its leaders and I will not tolerate such behavior", Minto's statement adds.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacobs offered similar condemnation, writing that the man's actions were abhorrent and have "no place in Santee or any part of San Diego County". It is not who we are.

The city has tried over the years to overcome a history of racially motivated incidents that led to nicknames such as "Klantee" and "Santucky". They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

While the men felt they were being profiled, Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells told The Post the officer approached the men because he "believed the two individuals to be acting suspiciously".

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