A Louisiana woman who recently finished her last round of chemotherapy said Walmart employees mocked her appearance last week when she used the restroom while shopping.
“All of a sudden, these two employees come bursting in (saying), ‘Sir, you can’t be in here! Sir, you can’t be here,’” Johnna Moore Utzman, a breast cancer patient, told KNOE-TV. “They started laughing and they went out.”
Utzman, a married mother of one, lost her hair from undergoing radiation treatments for breast cancer.
She said the same employees came back into the women’s restroom and continued mocking her.
“’That was a woman? She looked like a man,’” Utzman recalled them saying.
A Walmart representative said the company apologized to Utzman and does not tolerate such behavior, the TV station reported.
Both employees have been suspended while the incident is investigated, the representative said.
Utzman said she remains positive in her fight against cancer, and she hopes her experience reminds others to be more compassionate.
“I didn’t ask to go through eight chemo treatments that caused me to lose my hair,” she said. “I didn’t ask for the insomnia or the fear, the fear that this godawful disease may one day return.”
Watch this video report posted online by KNOE-TV: