Supermarket Put-Down of Iraqi Woman-Unproven!


Summary of eRumor:

The story of an encounter between a super market cashier and a woman from Iraq.
The Iraqi notices the cashier’s U.S. flag and asks when the bombing of her countrymen is going to stop.
Another man in line puts his arm around the shoulder of a soldier who is also standing in line and explains that Americans like him are fighting and dying so that the Iraqi lady can accuse a cashier of bombing her countrymen.
He continued by saying that he’d be glad to buy her a ticket back to Iraq so she could straighten out the mess that she’s obviously in the U.S. to avoid.

The Truth:

This story has circulated since shortly after the war in Iraq started.
The location and other details of the story have varied with each telling, but we’ve never found any credible source for it.

Last updated 10/1/05   

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

 One of my sons serves in the military. He is still stateside, here in
 California. He called me yesterday to let me know how warm and welcoming
 people were to him, and his troops, everywhere he goes, telling me how
 people shake their hands, and thank them for being willing to serve, and
 fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that others may have them

 But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped at
 yesterday, on his way home from the base. He said that ahead of several
 people in front of him stood a woman dressed in a burkha.

 He said when she got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the U.S.
 flag lapel pin the cashier wore on her smock. The cashier reached up
 and touched the pin, and said proudly,” Yes, I always wear it and
 probably always will.”

 The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when she was going to
 stop bombing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi. A gentleman
 standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around my son’s
 shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle voice
 to the Iraqi woman: “Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like
 this young man have fought and died so that YOU could stand here, in MY
 country and accuse a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen.. It
 my belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we
 wouldn’t need to be there today. But, hey, if you have now learned how
 to speak out so loudly and clearly, I’ll gladly buy you a ticket and pay
 your way back to Iraq so you can straighten out the mess in YOUR country
 that you are obviously here in MY country to avoid.”

 Everyone within hearing distance cheered!

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