A hospital radiologist is apologizing after a viral video of him hurling racial slurs at a Black woman inside a Mississippi donut shop over the weekend surfaced.
On Sunday, the Baptist Medical Center in Flowood confirmed that employee Kyle Thomas was fired amid fallout over the shocking video, the Clarion-Ledger reported. Donut Palace employee Keaundrea Wardlaw filmed the encounter with Thomas on Saturday as the angry customer repeatedly called her the N-word before storming out of the store.
“I am so sorry. There is nothing I can say that will change what I said,” Thomas wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “I drove back up there and tried to apologize, but she was gone … I regret every word that I said. There’s no excuse to say these horrible things.”
The x-ray tech was reportedly unhappy with his service, according to local station WJTV. That’s when the two engaged in a war of words and Wardlaw pulled out her cell phone.
“Shut your f—-g mouth,” Thomas tells the woman in the video. “You’re a child, shut up.”
“And you’re a son of a b—h, you don’t speak to me that way,” Wardlaw shoots back.
“You’re a n—-r, shut up,” the radiologist quips before walking out of the store, repeating it over and over again.
A hospital spokesman condemned Thomas’ behavior, saying his “language and behavior does not represent our organization’s values.”
” … We want our patients, employees, physicians and our community to know that we find the language used in the video to be completely unacceptable and inconsistent with what we expect from employees or anyone associated with our organization,” the spokesman said in a statement. “We are committed to a work environment that is inclusive and where everyone is respected and valued.”
Speaking to WJTV, Wardlaw said she didn’t intend to get Thomas fired but wished he wouldn’t have used the N-word. She said Thomas returned to the store and apologized to her boss for causing a disruption but never apologized to her.
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