A Walmart in Hamburg, New York has fired an assistant manager after he posted a photo on Facebook mocking two Muslim women.
According to The Buffalo News, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged Wal-Mart Stores executives to take action after identifying Terry Earsing as the employee who posted the photo of two women in tradition dress, along with a derogatory comment: "Halloween came early this year ... do they really have to ... dress like that ... your in my country ... get that ... off!!!!!."
"As soon as we became aware, we began looking into this and as a result, this associate is no longer with the company," company spokesperson Kayla Whaling told the paper. "We set high expectations for our associates, and this associate clearly failed to meet these expectations at every level."
During a phone interview with The Buffalo News, Earsing apologized for the incident.
"I’m truly, honestly sorry about the whole thing," he said. "I just apologize. I don’t know what else I can say."
Ryan Mahoney, a spokesperson for CAIR's New York chapter, said that his organization wanted to "absolutely commend" Walmart for doing the right thing.
Mahoney asserted that "[b]ecause he did it at his job, it’s not about personal expression, it’s about Wal-Mart’s policy toward hate speech."
But Earsing argued that a friend had sent him the photo and he had posted it from home on his own time.
"I didn’t do it from work," he insisted.
In addition to his comments about the Muslim women, Earsing's Facebook page contained other comments about his work in the retail business.
"Don't mistake this fake smile and professional body language," one graphic says. "I'd punch you in the throat if I knew I wouldn't lose my job."
"I know im going to heaven...................I WORK IN RETAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" he wrote in 2010.
[Ed note: This story previously included a photo that was erroneously tagged at Mr. Earsing. That photo has since been removed.]