Authorities arrested a Chicago woman at Home Depot after a physical fight broke out over face masks. The interaction between two female customers was caught on video.
Police charged 54-year-old Teri Hill with one count of battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor, according to NBC Chicago. According to the McHenry Police Department, the officers responded around 4:58 p.m. on Friday.
A video posted on social media shows the interaction. Filming Hill was Home Depot customer Sydney Waters. At the beginning of the video, Waters is filming Hill, who also has her phone out filming.
Home Depot Fight: The Details
Waters explains the interaction that led to disagreement. “I was at The Home Depot this afternoon looking for storage walking and talking with a kind employee,” Waters said. “A woman interrupted us, removed her face mask only to tell the employee that she was angry that other customers didn’t have theirs on.”
Waters says Hill then went to find the manager. “When we passed her I said, ‘ma’am if you’re going to demand other folks keep their masks on it’s important you do too,'” Waters said.
She claims that Hill then threatened to spit and cough on her. “[Hill] posted up. Told me I wasn’t going to tell her what to f—ing do. Then she took her mask all the way off, put it in her pocket, and let me know she was going to spit and cough on me,” Waters said.
In the video, Waters can be heard telling Hill she is “disrespectful to everyone else in this store and the entitlement is disgusting.” Hill responded by saying, “Yes I am entitled, I’m white, I’m a woman.”
Water responds by asking, “What does you being white have to do with you getting your way?” Hill then says, “Because I’m a white woman, that’s what happens.”
“You’re a disgusting racist piece of trash,” Waters says. Hill then replies, “I believe in white power.” The video cuts away as the two start physically fighting.
After the fight, neither of the women requested medical care. However, they reportedly sustained minor injuries.
The authorities released Hill at the scene on a personal recognizance bond. She was given notice to appear in court on August 19.
[H/T NBC Chicago]