Woman slapped in the face in Arizona after ‘go back to your country’ comment

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PHOENIX, AZ — A viral video viral shows an Arizona woman being slapped in the face a few moments after telling another woman at a gas station to go back to her country.

Greg Conn posted the video to Facebook on Saturday showing a woman at a Phoenix convenience store telling another customer, later identified in the post as Karina Rodriguez, that she was not welcome in the store.

“Five seconds after I was checking out, this lady walks in and all upset that her pump wasn’t working and that there was a line in the gas station,” Conn said. “She started yelling at the clerk to go get another clerk to come out.”

Conn said he started recording as the woman began arguing with Rodriguez, reported KTVK.

She told Rodriguez to “go back to your country” and then asked her where she was born.

“I was born in America, b***h, where are your ancestors from?” Rodriguez responds.

As Rodriguez and a man with her headed for the door with their bag, the woman told Rodriguez she’s “going back to Mexico.”

Surveillance video showed the woman walking toward the couple pointing her finger, even pushing the man in his shoulder while his hands are in pockets.

The woman also told the clerk not to serve Rodriguez, and then she grabbed Rodriguez’s arm.

Rodriguez then slapped the woman in the face.

“You deserved it, in my opinion,” Conn was heard saying to the woman as she left the store.

“Racism is alive and well,” Conn said in his Facebook post.

The woman’s husband, who was not identified, said his law firm is now the target of harassment after the incident, reported KTVK.

“All I can tell you is that my wife has been going through a mental crisis,” he said. “I love her dearly and that’s not who she is, and I just want everyone to know how sorry I am. And to the lady in that altercation, I am so sorry.”

The store has banned the woman from all 13 of its locations in the state.

The video as of Wednesday morning was shared more than 20,000 times.

(KRON4.com contributed to this report.)

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