MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee woman has apologized for pushing a 100-year-old Walmart greeter to the ground.
Prosecutors said they will not charge 37-year-old Kai Metcalf, saying she had “incidental contact” with greeter Lois Speelman – and that contact was not a crime.
It happened last month when Speelman was checking a receipt to make sure Metcalf paid for what she was taking out. Metcalf said she didn’t mind that – but it did bother her when Speelman complained that, “You people think you can do whatever you want. Not today.” The greeter is white, and Metcalf is black.
Speelman went to a hospital to make sure nothing was broken, and she returned to work 4 days later. Metcalf spent a night in jail. She told the Journal Sentinel she wished she would have handled the incident better, and apologized for Speelman’s fall.
Meanwhile, a police report seems to indicate that the 100-year-old Speelman still uses language from less-sensitive times. She told officers that, “these types of people” often get upset when she asks to check their receipts – and they’re quote, “difficult to deal with.”
When asked what she meant by “these types of people,” Speelman said “Mexicans, Spanish, and colored people.” Speelman’s attorney, Michael Hupy, said he couldn’t comment on any of that.
Metcalf said she was offended, and she didn’t mean to hurt Speelman. Hupy said it was “bad behavior” to leave Speelman on the floor.