*Kyle Sales, a teenage employee at a Lowe’s in Washington, said he was forced to remove his “Black Panther Wakanda Forever”shirt after a customer complained that it was racist.
He said a supervisor verbally reprimanded him and gave him an ultimatum: either buy a new one or go home and change. He was furious, but opted to cover up the Black superhero shirt with a sports jersey.
“I was very angry. It just did not seem fair in light of all of the things that are happening in our in the world right now,” Sales told KIRO 7 News. “This isn’t racist. I shouldn’t be punished for a t-shirt from a movie.”
That wasn’t even the end of it. Sales heard from a friend that the Karen who complained showed up the next day to ask how he was punished for wearing the shirt.
“She came in throwing a fit saying, ‘What happened to that kid; what was his punishment?’” he said
According to KIRO, Sales had pursued the job at the hardware store a few months ago. He had recently graduated high school and was looking to save money before beginning college at Washington State University.
Watch his story below: