Home Depot offers fired worker his job back after he’s targeted in racist rant

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ALBANY, NY (WNYT/NBC News) An Albany, New York man fired by Home Depot after being verbally attacked by a customer has been offered his old job back.

Maurice Rucker, 60, says it began when a customer approached the checkout with an unleashed dog.

“I said to him, “Sir, when you have your dog in here we prefer that you keep it on a leash.'” He turned around and said, ‘F**k you. You’re an a*****e you’re a piece of s**t,'” explained Rucker.

Rucker was understandably shocked. However, it was just the start of a barrage of insults — some of them racist.

He says, ‘If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job.’ He said, ‘You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?'”

“I’ve lived all over the country and I’ve had no one talk to me the way that this guy talked to me,” noted Rucker.

Finally, Rucker couldn’t help but say something to him.

“‘You’re lucky I’m at work, because if I wasn’t, this wouldn’t be happening, or you wouldn’t be talking to me like this,'” recalled Rucker.

The man left, then came back because he forgot his dog, insulted Rucker again and was gone.

When he reported to work last Tuesday, he was told he was being fired.

Rucker says managers told him the customer called to complain about him.

He worked for Home Depot for 10 years and was making less than $13 an hour.

“He said that I was being racist and that I said I would knock him down. He just told him a bunch of lies and it seems like they believed him,” said Rucker.

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