This summer, we’ve heard all about “BBQ Becky” and “Pool Patty.” Now, Coupon Carl has been added to the club. Earlier today we reported about the CVS manager’s frivolous 911 call over a black woman trying to use a coupon. Thanks to social media, it didn’t take long for this guy to face consequences for his discriminatory actions. According to BET, it has been confirmed that the CVS manager – now identified as Moray Matson – has been terminated.
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Given The Boot:
Shortly after the video began circulating on social media, CVS responded with a formal statement of apology and it was confirmed that Matson had been fired from the pharmaceutical chain. It has also been reported that another employee was also terminated as a result of the disheartening incident. “CVS Health does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores,” CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis said in a statement. “We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.”
I’ve been asked many, many times today to add the video to my Twitter post. Not sure how or if I can add it the original, but here it is:
— Camilla Hudson (@Camilla317) July 14, 2018
Racial Profiling At Best:
The latest news follows Camilla Hudson’s video that was shared on social media. For those who missed all the drama, Hudson posted the video following the incident which occurred on Friday, July 13. Like most customers, Hudson wanted to save a few bucks on a product she was purchasing so she presented a manufacturer’s coupon at the register. While the coupon wasn’t a CVS coupon, it was an official coupon from the brand manufacturer. Since Matson hadn’t seen the coupon before, he automatically assumed it was fake and Hudson was trying to commit fraud. So, you know what he did next – called the cops.
According to Fortune magazine, the 911 call was reported as an “assault in progress” despite it being a verbal altercation and a result of discrimination. As things have happened in the past, we all know the situation could have gone from bad to worse relatively quickly but luckily for Hudson, the officers who responded to the call weren’t “awful.” However, she was told that Matson did have the power to demand that she leave the store although she had done nothing wrong.
Hudson filmed the heated exchange with Matson and the footage of the incident quickly went viral. Since Hudson had become a victim of the same type of ridiculous racial profiling we’ve seen all too much this summer, CVS was hit with lots of backlash and pressured to do something about the situation. When Matson was not immediately fired, social media users began attacking CVS demanding that the corporate office do something about Matson’s unacceptable behavior. As expected, social media users quickly went digging for information on Matson and discovered he is a gay Republican and Trump supporter. So, to many people, his actions aren’t surprising but that doesn’t change the fact that he had no right to treat Hudson the way he did. During an interview with The Block, she admitted she’s just tired of the type of treatment people of color are often subjected to. “As a woman, as a black woman, as a native Chicagoan, I’m just tired of it,” Hudson told Block Club. “I’m tired of it.”