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A woman was told to put on a mask inside a Florida Walgreens. Instead she went on a racist and Islamophobic rant against Muslim customers

By Sarah Al-Arshani, For Business Insider, On 13 April 2021, Read Original
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  • A woman unleashed an Islamophobic and racist rant on a group shopping at a Florida Walgreens.

  • The rant started after employees told the woman to wear a mask.

  • Instead, the woman turned her attention to a couple and their friend.

A New York couple stopped by a Walgreens while on vacation recently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and were met with an Islamophobic and racist rant from a woman who refused an employee's request to wear a mask.

Videos uploaded on Facebook earlier this month by Nahla Ebaid, an Egyptian American, went viral. Ebaid told Insider that she and her husband and their friend Angie Elyamini were shopping in the store when the woman walked in maskless.


Ebaid said that while it wasn't an easy decision to post the video, she wanted to send a message to Muslims that in situations like these they should stand up for themselves and call the police, and that they also have rights.


Omar Saleh, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations who has been helping Ebaid, said the couple didn't have plans to pursue legal charges. However, he added that Bozanich appeared to be a licensed psychotherapist and that they were looking at avenues to bring this concern up with any authorizing board because they feel she is not qualified to be assisting people.

A Google search turned up results for a therapy business linked to Bozanich.

"I think it's going to be important to contact the administrative boards responsible for issuing those licenses," Saleh said. "I think if she is a licensed therapist or a doctor or whatever professional licensure she holds, if we do find that out, I will advise Nahla to seek a complaint with that board for that conduct, because I don't want somebody like that treating people. That's one option, but I don't think it's going to go beyond that."

Ebaid added, "We need to protect the people from this woman."

Read Full Story: https://www.insider.com/woman-goes-racist-rant-against-other-customers-in-florida-store-2021-4 

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