A day after San Diego residents were required to wear face coverings in public, a man went grocery shopping while wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the hooded man was seen roaming the aisles of a Von supermarket in the San Diego County city of Santee.
A corporate spokeswoman said grocery clerks repeatedly asked the man to remove the hood or leave the store. A supervisor found the man once he was in a checkout line and asked him again to take off the hood or leave, said Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions stores in Southern California.
The man finally removed the hood, bought his items and left.
“At Vons, fostering an environment of courtesy, dignity and respect is one of our highest priorities, and we work hard to hold everyone in our stores to these standards, including customers,” Hill said.
“San Diego is #NoPlaceForHate,” Tammy Gillies, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego, said on Twitter.
Santee Mayor John Minto and residents said on social media that the man’s actions did not represent the values of the city of almost 60,000 residents.
“Many thanks to all who stepped forward to curtail this sad reminder of intolerance,” Minto said. “Santee, its leaders and I will not tolerate such behavior.”
Before the Sheriff’s Department announced that it was looking into the matter, Francine Maxwell, president of the NAACP in San Diego, called for an investigation in an online post.