SAN JOSE, California – When customers visit the Shell gas station on Bernal Road and San Ignacio Avenue in South San Jose, they expect a full tank of gas. Grecya Moran, a resident of San José, also received a number of racist comments on Thursday.
She told KGO that she was initially greeted by one employee in Spanish while another was standing nearby. The short conversation in Spanish was quickly interrupted by the second employee. She demanded that the two speak English.
“I even went to her and apologized,” said Moran. “I said,” Excuse me, I’m sorry, all she said is … She greeted me in Spanish, how are you today. “And she said,” I don’t care, you speak in English because this is America. ” “
Moran said the woman became even more hostile.
“She started saying something about” Trump must hurry up and build the wall. ” At that time I was like oh my God, she is serious, “said Moran. “I just got my phone and started filming her.”
The minute-long confrontation was recorded on camera. The interaction happened with Moran’s phone in one hand and her 18-month-old son in her other arm.
In the video, Moran hears that she can speak Spanish, despite the employee’s instructions. At one point the worker asked for proof of Moran’s American citizenship.
The employee continued: “You can do whatever you want because you are not a US citizen of the United States.”
Moran answered, “I was born here.”
The employee insists that Moran provide the proof: “prove it to me, mother …!”
On Monday, Moran spoke with KGO with her sister, mother, and girlfriend in the area.
Krystina Zamora, a friend of Moran’s, said, “Just because you have a bad day, you don’t have the right to do this with people, especially at work. You’re at work!”
Zamora stated that she hopes that more people will be encouraged to speak out in the light of injustice.
“I was born here, grew up here, and I never thought it would happen to me in a million years,” Moran said. “I hear stories, I see videos, but I never thought this would happen to me.”
A gas station manager told KGO that the employee had been fired on the day of the confrontation. The manager added that the woman was employed two or three months before the incident.
The manager would not comment on the incident, but ABC7 News pointed to a company named Vintners distributors. We contacted us for comments. This web article reflects every statement from the company.
Moran contacted San Jose Police. The department said that the police report is still being processed by the department, but confirmed that Moran described the malfunction as a possible hate crime.