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7-Eleven Clerk Lashes Out at Spanish-Speaking Customer: ‘Are You Here Legally?’

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A 7-Eleven clerk in Tampa was caught on camera yelling at a customer for speaking Spanish.

Yasmany Rodriguez, who moved from Cuba to the United States two years ago, was buying a pack of cigarettes when the altercation occurred. When he responded to the clerk in Spanish specifying which cigarettes he wanted to buy, the clerk allegedly got upset. The clerk then asked Rodriguez if he was legally in the country and if he spoke English.

In the video, recorded by Rodriguez, bystanders got involved and defended the Cuban national who became a U.S. citizen under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, according to ABC Action News.

“Listen to me,” the clerk is heard telling the bystanders, “are you here legally? Do you have papers?”

Watch the incident below:

The bystanders inform the clerk that Rodriguez is an American citizen and with aggravation, he adds: “Does he speak English?” referring to Rodriguez, “then why doesn’t he speak English if he’s here legally?”

A spokesperson for 7-Eleven, Inc. wrote in an emailed statement: “Every customer is important. The statements made by the sales associate were inappropriate and offensive. We are investigating the matter and will ensure it is handled appropriately.”

PEOPLE has reached out to Rodriguez’s lawyer for comment.

Many similar cases have been taking place all over the country within the last couple of months.  Recently, Reshunda Denise Pickens from San Antonio reportedly stabbed an 80-year-old woman on a Greyhound bus for not speaking English. Also, days after a woman yelled at a shopper “go back to Mexico” and called another woman the N-word in an Arkansas Walmart, a man in Las Vegas yelled at a Hispanic man for speaking to his mother on the phone in Spanish.