Macy’s says attack on employee in Michigan was ‘unprovoked’

Macy’s says attack on employee in Michigan was ‘unprovoked’
Department store giant Macy's said it is issuing furloughs to most of its 130,000 employees. (Bob D'Angelo/Cox Media Group National Content Desk)

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Department store giant Macy’s said an attack against an employee at a Michigan store this month was “unprovoked.”

The attack was caught on a cellphone video June 15 at the Genesee Valley Center and went viral, WKRC reported. Police are looking to question two brothers in connection with the case, according to WXYZ.

According to the video, an employee is repeatedly being punched by a customer, the television station reported. The employee can be heard on the video saying “I’m sorry” several times.

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The video was originally posted on Rapper FT Quay’s Facebook page, WXYZ reported. The video has since been removed.

Several posters on social media alleged that the employee used a racial slur toward the customer, but police in Flint Township said they are still trying to gather all of the facts, the television station reported.

In a news release, Flint Township police said they are looking for Damire Canell Palmer, 18, of Mount Morris, and Damarquay Jovan Palmer, 22, of Flint Township, in connection with this case.

In a statement, Macy’s said it was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

“Violence in the workplace of any kind is unacceptable,” Macy’s said in the statement. “All the materials from the evening have been reviewed and it is clear that the attack was unprovoked. We are working closely with local authorities on this investigation and will defer any further comments about the case to them per policy.”