Joel Aparicio told the Houston Chronicle that he was shopping at a Walmart in Pasadena when he tried using the self-checkout lane. The machine wasn't working, so he asked an employee for help.
An older woman assigned to the area went over to help Aparicio, who asked the woman if she spoke Spanish, to which she said she doesn't.
Aparicio said he asked if there was an employee who spoke Spanish who could help him. The employee was able
Aparicio, who is originally from El Salvador but has lived in Houston for 13 years, said the same employee came to help him, but that she told him in Spanish, "He shouldn't be in this country if he couldn't speak English."
He then started recording his interaction with the employee, which has been uploaded to the Houston Chronicle's YouTube channel.
"Yes, because we're in Texas," she replied. Later in the dialogue, the woman said, "I live in Texas, so I speak English."
Aparicio said he'd been going to that Walmart location for about a decade, and that he'd never been discriminated against at that store or anywhere else in Houston.
After sharing the video online, Aparicio said he's gotten threats from people who know the woman in the video. Leaving comments calling him
But Aparicio told the Houston Chronicle that his encounter with the woman didn't need to turn out the way it did.
"She looked Hispanic," he said. "We have to try to help each other."
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