The woman the media has dubbed “Cornerstore Caroline” after she dialed 911 to erroneously report that a 9-year-old black boy grabbed her posterior in a local bodega has apologized to the children involved in the incident.
The woman became a national pariah when a video of the incident went viral, joining a group of other white women, including “Barbecue Becky” and “Permit Patty,” who were captured on mobile phones calling authorities to report people for things that most observers would consider the offense of “living while black.”
Teresa Sue Klein called the police and said “I want the cops here right now! The son grabbed my ass, and she decided to yell at me,” referring to the child’s mother who was with him at the time. Unfortunately for Klein, the bodega’s security cameras revealed that the 9-year-old never touched her, but merely accidentally brushed his backpack against her.
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The New York Post sent a reporter to Klein’s apartment to show her the security footage proving her claims against the boy to be wrong, but she initially called the police when they arrived. According to the paper, Klein has a history of bad relations with her neighbors.
“Neighbors said it was a common occurrence. ‘People moved out of the building because of her. She’s terrorizing the building,’ said Hazel Freeman, 52, a pastor who lives above Klein. “She would call me up and tell me my son is smoking weed in the hallway. He’s married and he lives in Canarsie,'” The Post reported.
After the police arrived, Klein came downstairs from her apartment and finally spoke with the reporter as neighbors stood around and denounced her as a racist. According to the paper:
“The self-described unemployed “feminist and a humanist” variously insisted she was groped in the bodega and acknowledged the boy had only touched her accidentally — and accused his mom of pretending to be a cop, then later leaving a threatening message for her.”
“”I would like to apologize to her daughter and her son but not to her. She could have walked away, but she didn’t. I’m also a Buddhist, [but] I let my temper show. I’ve been called racist before, and I’m not.”’ Klein said.
Her neighbors disagreed, telling the Post that Klein had chalked “racial slurs” on the sidewalk outside their building. Klein denied the accusations telling the paper that she had “no idea what they’re talking about.”
“Cornerstore Caroline” joins the ranks of notorious women with a hair trigger 911 dialing finger when they feel threatened by the existence of people of other races and colors. Perhaps if she had been more mindful of her Buddhist beliefs she could have remained living without her newfound viral fame.