Racist Lady Has Tantrum at JCPenny, Internet Identifies Wrong Woman

Unless you've been under a rock in the past 24 hours, you've seen the video of the racist lady who went nuts at a JCPenny because she thought some other women were cutting in line (you can watch it below).

The multi-minute rant was captured on camera, and immediately, the Internet set out to identify the woman. Unfortunately, as often happens with vigilante justice, the Internet identified the wrong woman.

Soon after the event was made public, some people went online to name the racist woman as "Melinda." The name spread across the Internet and was picked up by some large sites before it was revealed that the wrong woman was being targeted. "Melinda" was not at all involved in the incident, and her picture does not match the video.

Here is a statement about the incident:

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I am Melinda and I did not say those things to those ladies. I do not go to Jeff Mall! Please stop spreading slanderous information. I have been advised to take names of those sending my name as that other lady.

Nevertheless, Internet users continued to point to "Melinda" -- well after it was proven that she was not the lady in the video. Meanwhile, others claimed that the racist woman was someone who worked at a local Sam's Club. That also does not appear to be the case.

Who is the racist lady?

While the Internet was pointing the finger at the wrong person, Jefferson Mall (the mall where the incident took place) took quick and decisive action, banning the real racist woman from entering the mall. In a statement, the mall said:

We are aware of the video posted online today from one of the department stores. Jefferson Mall strives to create a comfortable and convenient experience for all of our guests and we absolutely do not condone this type of behavior. We will work to identify this woman, and once identified, she will be permanently banned from Jefferson Mall, per our Behavioral Code of Conduct.

It is not clear whether the mall has identified the woman, however. JCPenny offered to refund the two victims, but some are calling for a boycott of the chain because nothing was done to prevent the woman's verbal assault.

Here's the video:

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