A former teacher was caught on camera yelling racial slurs at a black Dollar Tree employee — but now claims she’s too educated to be racist, according to a report.
Pamela Sharma was recorded calling an employee at the discount store in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a “black whore” and a “black slave” during a foul rant last week, WSB-TV reported.
“You shut up. You’re a black slave,” Sharma can be heard shouting in the video obtained by the outlet. “That’s why Jesus wasn’t black,” she reportedly screamed.
Employee Alise Fowler gave a witness statement to cops, but did not file charges against the woman — though she wants her banned from the store, she said.
“Talking to somebody like that is never okay,” Fowler told the outlet as she wiped away a tear. “Being evil is never okay.”
Sharma reportedly erupted into the racist diatribe after being asked to hand an item she didn’t want to Fowler, instead of leaving it at the register.
“She told me to go back to Africa. She told me she’ll shoot me,” Fowler said. “I just can’t believe that lady talked to me like that.”
Officers who responded to the incident said there was no evidence that Sharma had a gun and that the Dollar Tree manager said she hadn’t heard any threats of violence, according to the police report.
Both women had called cops to report the screaming match within 10 minutes of each other.
Sharma, who was at the store with her mom and her sister, said she’s the one who was actually the victim of racism and that the store employee told her to “go back to [her] country” over where to place the items she no longer wanted to buy.
“The clerk got agitated and snatched them and said, ‘You pieces of trash, why don’t you go back to your country,’” Sharma said. “She’s telling me she’s going to beat my ass.”
Sharma also told cops that Fowler had told her the store was messy “because of customers like her.”
The former teacher added to the outlet that she’s highly educated and could never be racist.
“So, I have taught at black schools, I’ve taught at Latino schools,” she said. “Individuals who go to be an educator are not racist.”
Sharma said she now wants to meet with Fowler for a “heart-to-heart.”