A 76-year-old Ocala woman spent a few hours in jail last Tuesday after she allegedly pulled a Wal-Mart worker’s hair because she was speaking Spanish to another employee.
Carol R. Green was arrested at her home, at 10038 SW 62nd Circle, and charged with simple battery. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Wal-Mart store at 9570 SW Hwy. 200.
Through a store manager who was translating, the victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she was working inside the store and speaking Spanish to another employee when she was told to be quiet by Green. She said Green told her, “This is America.” The victim said she believed Green was upset because she was speaking Spanish, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said she walked away from Green and into a meat cooler. She said when she came out, Green tried to get her attention again, and the victim walked away due to Green’s offensive comments. The victim said the incident turned physical when Green grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back. She said she broke away from Green and walked away, ending the altercation, the report said.
Security footage showed Green following the victim and grabbing her hair, causing the victim’s head to jerk back. The video then showed the victim walking away from Green with her hands up, according to the report.
The deputy went to Green’s home the following day, and she spontaneously said she was in the wrong about what happened at the store. After being read her Miranda warning, Green admitted she unlawfully grabbed the victim by her hair while she was walking away from her. She said the victim didn’t retaliate, the report said.
Green was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released last Tuesday afternoon on $1,000 bond. No court information was available.