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Lawsuit claims black sacker, ban from grocery store violated customer’s rights

11:34 am - 08/14/2012
Lawsuit claims black sacker, ban from Big Sandy grocery store violated customer’s rights

A Hawkins man is claiming his civil rights and religious freedom were violated earlier this year when a black man sacked his groceries and a Big Sandy grocery store owner banned the customer from the business.

DeWitt R. Thomas filed a federal lawsuit in July against Keith Langston, owner of Two Rivers Grocery & Market.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Thomas entered the market on March 5 to buy food.

He stated in a nine-page, hand-written lawsuit that he told the grocery sacker, a black man, “Wait a minute, don’t touch my groceries. I can’t have someone negroidal touch my food. It’s against my creed.”

Thomas claimed the cashier was “perplexed” by his request and yelled at him to take his items and leave.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Thomas said, “It’s pretty simple. They treated me really bad because I told them it was against my creed.”


According to the lawsuit, Thomas went on to explain he meant a black person when he used the term “negroidal.”

The sacker, Aaron Menefee, said he thought Thomas was just kidding around.

“The first time he said it, I thought he was joking,” Menefee said. “Then he just kept repeating it.”

Menefee said once he realized Thomas was serious, he called for someone else to sack the groceries, at which time Menefee went to another part of the store.

“I didn’t feel physically threatened,” Menefee said. “I just felt verbally assaulted.”


Langston wasn’t in the store at the time, but his employees told him about the incident.

“I decided when I heard about what happened that I was going to file a criminal trespass against him,” Langston said. “I just had to wait for him to be present so he could sign it.”

When Thomas returned two days later, he noticed the same black man would be sacking his groceries, so he again requested the “Negro” not handle his groceries, according to the lawsuit.

This time, Langston was there. He called police to serve Thomas a criminal trespass warning. While waiting for the police, an employee locked the doors, and the lawsuit claims Thomas was “unlawfully restrained.”


Thomas said Langston broke the law the night he locked him in the store.

“We were closing, and I don’t know of a business that doesn’t lock their doors when they close. It keeps more people from coming in,” Langston said.

Thomas said he doesn’t understand why he had to deal with the same situation twice.

“My question is, why after I told them how I felt and that it was against my creed did this negroid try to impress himself upon me and try to handle my groceries again.” Thomas said.

Thomas said his religious beliefs are based on Vedism, which he said encompasses Hinduism.

“Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy,” he said.


Thomas said he has not broken any laws and was exercising his religious freedom and the rights he has been given.

“White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else,” Thomas said. “It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from west/central Africa) not touch your food.”

Thomas’ based his claim that his civil rights were violated on that criminal trespass order. He also said Langston is wrong for trying to tell him who can touch his groceries and refusing to serve him.

“When I go through (a store) and buy groceries, those groceries become my property,” Thomas said.

Langston said he is not trying to tell Thomas what to believe or how to live, but his store is a privately owned business.

“He was banned because he was using racial slurs, but he has turned it into a religious thing,” Langston said.

Langston said Thomas would have been allowed to come back had he said he preferred to sack his own groceries.


“We have a few people who want to sack their own groceries, but it’s not for the same reasons DeWitt gave,” Langston said. “They do it because they just like to have their stuff bagged a certain way, certain groceries in certain bags.”

Thomas said he is going forward with his complaint because Langston has no right to stand against what he believes in.

“If he wants to stand in opposition of who I am, then we are going to go forward with this here thing,” Thomas said.

Langston said he wants the whole thing to just go away, but insists Thomas will never be able to come back into his store. He said Thomas told him he would drop the complaint if he dropped the criminal trespass.

“I’ve had several people say they would’ve touched a hell of a lot more than his groceries if they had been in line behind him,” Langston said.

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RIght. Yeah. That's it; stick a fork in me, I'm done for the day.
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effervescent 14th-Aug-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I JUST saw this on Twitter... Didn't know racism is a religion, now. Jfc. :|
yamamanama 14th-Aug-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Ever since Savitri Devi.
emofordino 14th-Aug-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
QUE?

i seriously think that i'm going to throw up from reading this article. i can't.
lickety_split 14th-Aug-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
I expect shit like this. He's not a rare character at all.
lickety_split 14th-Aug-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Also, in before someone unironically expresses shock that someone would do/say something like this in 2012.
aviv 14th-Aug-2012 02:53 am (UTC)


evilgmbethy 14th-Aug-2012 06:06 am (UTC)
mte Squirtle
ms_maree 14th-Aug-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Hmm, my sister lent me the Upanishads a while back and there were some things in it that made me go 'really?' Much like the Bible.

But I don't think racism was in it.
yamamanama 14th-Aug-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Did "scientific racism" as we know it even exist when the Upanishads were written?
sihaya09 14th-Aug-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
...what the fuck did I just read?
i_amthecosmos 14th-Aug-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
He stated in a nine page, hand-written lawsuit...

Hand written lawsuits, the sure sign of a crank. What a fuckwad, I hope his next grocery adventure leads to a criminal tresspass warning as well.
mi_iseul 14th-Aug-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
How is this even allowed? I know he has the right to file, but a judge can just say ok, dude's a racist git, fine him $XXXXXX for wasting the court's time with this rubbish and move on? No need to give more people the same bloody idea. (Cuz you know now they so will >.<) Just...idek anymore with people.
13chapters 14th-Aug-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
That's probably what will happen. Okay, I just asked my dad (who's an attorney) if you can get fined for filing a frivolous lawsuit, and he said yes. But then I described the case to him and he was like "this is in Texas? The guy might win." :/
coraki 14th-Aug-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
uhh...

I bet this person thinks "the customer is always right" applies no matter what establishment they are visiting.
evewithanapple 14th-Aug-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Thomas said he is going forward with his complaint because Langston has no right to stand against what he believes in.

Oh, I look forward to what the judge will have to say to you.
homasse 14th-Aug-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I SINCERELY hope he comes up before a black judge.
nesmith 14th-Aug-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
If that's his idea of religion then this planet would be better off without it.
24_24_1_1526 i can't with this racism shit today...wtf?14th-Aug-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
celtic_thistle Re: i can't with this racism shit today...wtf?14th-Aug-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
JESSE ;_; I was so upset.
heartbreakangel 14th-Aug-2012 03:16 am (UTC)


What the fuck did I just read?
tiddlywinks103 14th-Aug-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
UGH.
aviv_b 14th-Aug-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
No problem bud, just go buy your groceries at the white grocery store. You can have white milk, and white bread, and white napkins. and most of all

WHITE WHINE!
heartbreakangel 14th-Aug-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
And don't forget the white cheese to go with it!
mollywobbles867 14th-Aug-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I hope the judge laughs at him and fines him a large amount of money.
mimblexwimble 14th-Aug-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
He can take his creed and stick it right up his ass.
astridmyrna 14th-Aug-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Thomas said his religious beliefs are based on Vedism, which he said encompasses Hinduism.

Like how Patch Adams is based on a true story?
randomtasks 14th-Aug-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Or you know, just shop somewhere else. rme.
jenny_jenkins 14th-Aug-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I keep waiting for the punch-line.

It's not coming is it?
browneyedguuurl 14th-Aug-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Negroid?!? Jesus Christ on a cracker!
moldypotatochip 14th-Aug-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
WTF.
amara_1783 14th-Aug-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Why is this not the onion? *wails and gnashes teeth*
jenny_jenkins 14th-Aug-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
My reaction EXACTLY

I kept waiting for something to indicate this was satire.

I came back just now to make sure.
moonbladem 14th-Aug-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
“I’ve had several people say they would’ve touched a hell of a lot more than his groceries if they had been in line behind him,” Langston said.

Yeah if I were in line behind him I wouldn't touch him at all (because then I'd have to spend the next couple of days washing my hands) but it would have been incredibly difficult for me not to have given him lip for being such a racist fucktard.
mary_pickforded 14th-Aug-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Is it really this guy's right if it's a private business though? If he pissed the owner off, shouldn't the owner have the right to keep him out, thereby rendering this whole thing a waste of time for the courts?
sassalicious 14th-Aug-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
BUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION!

i think the guy is just a fucking racist and wanted to stir shit up & intentionally picked the line with the person he didn't like so he could make a freaking scene. hell, maybe he even researched the "religion" argument ahead of time to have an excuse. never mind that a)America doesn't have a caste system with Untouchables and b)in a caste system, Untouchables aren't arbitrarily defined by an individual....it's a social-debatebely religious stratification, in which the lowest rungs do ALL the stuff no one else wants to do while still being the same religion & culture as the majority....so in America the Untouchables should be what? farmers, janitors, anything minimum wage?

*I'm not even remotely an expert on Vedism/Hinduism/Indian caste system. just going off snippets I seem to remember from my Soc class 10 yrs ago; feel free to correct and elaborate as needed
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