Campsite worker is fired after pulling gun on black couple having a picnic
On Sunday, Jessica Richardson, her husband Franklin, and their dog decided to go for a picnic. Heading to Oktibbeha County Lake, they accidentally stumbled onto land owned by Starkville Kampgrounds of America (KOA), and were soon approached by a woman working on the campsite.
Within five minutes, a truck pulled up and, according to a now viral Facebook post by Jessica, "a white lady screams at us, she then jumps out of her truck with a gun". Richardson went onto explain how the woman pointed the gun at them both because they had no reservations on the site, adding: "RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL!!"
Here's the video of the shocking incident:
The woman - who has not been identified - was filmed arguing with the couple and ordering them to leave.
"This lady literally just pulled a gun because we’re out here and didn’t have reservations," Richardson says on video. "For a lake we didn’t know we had to have reservation for."
Speaking to the property manager afterward, they were reportedly told that reservations weren't needed for the lake.
"All you had to do was tell us…We would have left. You didn’t have to pull a gun," Richardson says, to which the woman replies:
"Well I’m just telling you, you need to leave because it’s under private ownership…Y’all just can’t be out here…KOA will not let you."
The woman has been reported to have been fired from the organisation following the incident going viral, as the Facebook video nears 500,000 views. The company released a statement on Tuesday in which they confirmed that the employee had been fired for her actions:
“KOA does not condone the use of a firearm in any manner on our properties or those owned and operated by our franchises,” group spokesman Mike Gast said. “The employee involved in the incident has been relieved of her duties.”
Fortunately, neither of the visitors were injured in the incident.