Linda Slater said she’s both saddened and angry that it happened and “to know that racism is still alive.”
On Friday, her son Keith Slater, 22, bought a pair of loafer-style shoes from the Journeys at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan., about a 30-minute drive from their home in Kansas City, Mo.
When he found a less expensive pair of similar shoes at a different store a short while later, however, he returned the first pair to Journeys the next day.
The clerk, whom Linda Slater described as a 20-something white woman, asked why he was returning the shoes and Keith Slater told her about the less expensive shoes he had bought.
It wasn’t until the family got home that he glanced at his receipt and saw the insult printed next to the line marked “Cust” for customer.
“Then I was like, ‘Nah, no way. It can’t say that,” Keith Slater, a junior at Missouri State University in Springfield, told ABCNews.com today. “I was shocked, ’cause I didn’t do anything for that to happen.”