Lawmaker Backpedals On Claims Man Told Her To Go Back Where She Came From

Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas accused Eric Sparkes of telling her to "go back to where you came from."

Mableton, GA – Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas said she wants the man who confronted her for having too many items in a grocery store express lane to be criminally charged (videos below).

Thomas’ account of what transpired at the Mableton Publix store has changed a couple of times since she first cried about it in a Facebook post on Friday.

“I’m about to be very Transparent because this racism and hate is getting out of control!” she captioned the video. “I feared for my life!”

The sobbing lawmaker said that she was at the grocery store on Friday, and that she took 15 items to the 10-item checkout lane.

“Yes, I had 15 items, but I’m nine months pregnant, and I can’t stand up for long,” she said in the video.

Thomas said that a “white man” suddenly approached her, and called her a “lazy son-of-a-b---h.”

“You need to go back where you came from,” the man told her, according to Thomas.

She said that the man told her she was “ignorant,” and that his comments “hurt me so bad.”

Thomas also said that the confrontation upset her nine-year-old daughter, who was with her at the time.

“I can’t even explain to her why he has so much hate in his heart,” she wept. “People need to see the hate that is going on in this country – the hate is real!”

Thomas claimed that the man kept harassing her, and that she was “scared” to leave the store because he could have followed her to her car and pulled out a gun.

She said she also planned to file a complaint with Publix, because they “took too long to step in.”

People are “out of control” with their “white privilege stuff,” she declared. “Why y’all hate people y’all hurt like that?...It’s inciting so much hate!”

On Saturday, the man who confronted Thomas was heading back into the Publix store to speak with the manager about the situation, when he spotted news cameras outside, WXIA reported.

He identified himself as Eric Sparkes, and agreed to provide a statement about his side of the encounter.

Sparkes said he was frustrated when he saw Thomas with approximately 20 items in the 10-item lane, so he went to speak with store associates about the situation.

Two other regular lanes were also open at the time, he added.

They told him it was against store policy for employees to confront Thomas, but noted that it was fine for another customer to say something to her, Sparkes said.

Just as Sparkes was telling reporters about how he decided to confront Thomas about the issue, Thomas suddenly stormed into the interview and began yelling that he shouldn’t “get a spotlight,” WXIA footage showed.

“You are going to jail!” she declared, as she berated Sparkes in front of the cameras.

She then began arguing with Sparkes – who is Cuban – and repeatedly assured him that he is “white.”

“Do you feel bad?” Thomas asked him at one point.

“Do you understand you’re a liar?” he asked her.

Sparkes confirmed that he called Thomas a “lazy b---h,” but adamantly denied having ever told her to go back to where she came from.

Thomas finally stepped to the side, and declared that she was going to allow Sparkes to “have his 15 minutes” of fame, at which point he resumed his interview with reporters.

Sparkes noted that the encounter was captured by surveillance cameras, and that it showed him approaching Thomas and pointing at the sign displaying the item limit for the express lane.

He said that Thomas then came towards him and berated him, and that he took a couple of steps backwards before he told her she was “selfish.” A moment later, he called her a “selfish little b---h,” he confirmed.

“I did say that,” Sparkes reiterated. “That’s all I said, and after that I walked out of Publix.”

The self-proclaimed Democrat adamantly denied having told Thomas to go back to where she came from, and alleged that she was “playing the victim for political purposes.”

“I’m Hispanic,” he railed. “I don’t care what she thinks – she’s doing it for political purposes – period!”

He also denied having ever been evicted from the grocery store.

Thomas again interrupted the interview to declare that Sparkes was in the wrong before she stormed off to her car, the video showed.

In an interview with WSB, Thomas said that Sparkes is guilty of “simple assault,” and claimed that there are witnesses who will support her allegations against him.

But when a reporter started to question her further about Sparkes’ exact words during the exchange, the lawmaker began to falter.

“I mean like, I know what – I don’t know if he said ‘go back,’ you know, those types of words…I don’t wanna say he said ‘go back to your country’ or ‘go back where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references,” she stammered.

A reporter again asked if she remembered Sparkes’ exact words.

“No, no, definitely not,” Thomas responded. “But I know it was ‘go back’ because I know I told him to ‘go back.’”

Thomas said she filed a police report over the altercation, which she labeled as a “hate crime.”

“We have to make an example out of this man…He needs to be arrested,” she declared. “Because I had the courage to do this.”

“I feared for my life,” added Thomas, who is much larger than Sparkes in size.

According to the lawmaker, Publix has also opened an “internal investigation” into the situation in order to determine why none of the employees tried to help her.

During a news conference on Monday, Thomas doubled-down on her allegations against Sparkes, and said she was certain that he had told her to “go back to where you came from,” WSB reported.

“He said it right after he said ‘No, I know you people,’” she told reporters. “You’re ignorant.”

The Georgia Democratic Party has released a statement in support of Thomas.

“We stand with you Erica Thomas,” the statement read, according to WSB. “Trump’s racist rhetoric is emboldening hate across Georgia and our country.”

Meanwhile, critics and some Republican leaders urged Thomas to resign if the ongoing investigation into the matter reveals that she lied about what occurred.

“I think this thing has been grossly over-politicized,” Cobb County GOP Chair Jason Shepherd told the news outlet. “I mean, you can’t turn around at all without someone on the left accusing a Republican of being a racist.”

Sparkes said that he has met with an attorney, and that he is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Thomas, WSB reported.

You can watch Thomas’ tearful allegations – as well as interviews with her and Sparkes – in the videos below:

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GhostCobra
GhostCobra

First of all he shouldn't be calling himself Hispanic when he clearly looks white and is more white than Hispanic. Second She is totally in the wrong and is trying to make it a race issue for political gain it is so obvious and the funny part is he turned out to be a Democrat. He probably said something like go back to the other lane instead of saying go back to your own country and that's when she probably thought she could make it into a race issue. But she is definitely way too immature to be a lawmaker and she is a liar too. What a drama queen they need to get rid of her

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Her pink shirt says she supports planned parenthood. Good for her her Mom didn't. Fake crying. She's the racist, She's an embarrassment to her state. SHE LIED, plain and simple. They make up stories to be the victim and I'm sick of it. She's wearing a Christian shirt saying blessed??? Yikes. I also called attention to the number of items in a cart when the lane said 15 items or less. The muslim male told me to mind my own business and started to walk at me in a threatning way......... I guess whitey is always wrong.....no, whitey is now the constant victim of racism and verbal attack. Love having cell phones now that can record all of it and then when someone tries to backtrack what they said............oops, I didn't mean that.......liars.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think it's easy enough to verify if the express lanes were 10 or 15. If they were, in fact, 10, then she's obviously a liar and a race-baiter. All that garbage about hate filled white privilege. Having him arrested for a hate crime? Who is really the racist here?

Janken
Janken

Typical.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

So, if I understand this correctly,,,,

He said: "Excuse me, is this line for ten items or less?" She heard: "You fuckin' ignorant black bitch ho!" She dialing phone: Voice: "Yo?' She said: "...Hello? This be my turney?" Voice: "Yo. what they say that you be offended by?" She say: "Do it madda?" She say: "WTF you say to me honky, mothafucka?" He say: "Uh, I'm sorry, I was just asking if this was the Express Lane." She say: "You only talk that shit "cuz I be black." He thinks: (What alternative universe have I landed in? I ask an innocent question, this woman goes totally off and says I'm a racist.) He says: "I'm sorry, you may not have noticed my white cane. I hope that you are not offended by my question, but I'm blind and had no idea whom you might be..."

The cop overseeing this thinks "In the old days I'd tell that ignorant bitch to GTFO, now I have to suck up to that whiney bitch or pretend I saw nothing." 10-8.

Digger15108
Digger15108

Trying to play the race card as usual. No, isn’t race. It’s calling someone out for inconveniencing other patrons. 10 items doesn’t mean 20. Guess she thinks she is special because she is a politician.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

He just may have been absolutely correct in calling her ignorant. She either can't read or can't count.

stooge819
stooge819

He got more weight behind whatever he said to her because he started the explanation with "I'm Hispanic". His Hispanic DNA made his words legitimate. Identity politics 101.

SheDevil
SheDevil

WOW!

tfort
tfort

Absolutely no respect for women.

Suz
Suz

I think it's funny she whines about being pregnant and cant stand very long but yet she can rant and cry to news crews for 15 mins maybe longer lol.

Gramercy
Gramercy

FIFTEEN IS GREATER THAN TEN! You should have gone where your "count" was directed. If you CANNOT COUNT, you ARE "ignorant!" I pray you daughter has a greater base for learning and gaining intelligence!

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

It irritates me that one of the women interviewing him said "why didn't you go to one of the other empty lanes?". Obviously, these "reporters" have their head up their ass because he said initially he went to one of those lanes with his 3 items and checked out. Why didn't she ask the combative woman the same question? Because the media is so far-left that they can't think of anything but exploiting a story so their byline gets on the news. This "reporter" makes it a sexist/racist thing. I'm sick of the whole damned group of people calling themselves news reporters. They spew garbage.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Was she be usin' her EBT card?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

What she did is justify her own initial actions to herself to use that checkout line no matter what the written rule states . She told herself to make an excuse or exception for herself because of "X" .... and by doing so makes her actions "justifiable" in her own warped mind. Ethics, morals, and the truth are not included in decisions like this . You've seen this before many times in checkout lines, parking in fire lanes, parking in handicapped spots without a placard ,etc. She felt that the rule or law does apply to her. This is a common trait for one who is both ignorant and arrogant. She feels that due to her position, her race, her medical condition , her whatever XYZ , that she is exempt from the rule/law. How dare anyone would then question her. By this man questioning /confronting her she then turns the situation into a political/racial theater and lies to do so. She then realizes the road she decided to go down was not the right choice and is now doing/saying anything to make herself look to be the victim. How "unusual" ...or have you seen this behavior before? Is this a politician you want in office? Nothing she now says at this point will support her own position as she is seen to be a liar. How many examples do you need to see of her being a liar? This is an evil person who will stop at nothing from an ethics/morals/ values /truth standpoint to try and "win" to support her own personal agenda. ...and she has just demonstrated this for all the country to see. Lets hope her career takes a nose dive....and all because of her own poor choices.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is a political shyt show only done because someone got caught doing something wrong and her feelings got hurt.

Disappointed
Disappointed

I don’t give a shit if you are white, black,brown, blue or purple. I don’t care if you are gay, straight, bi, undecided, transgender or questionable. Assholes come in all colors and sexual preferences. It’s ALL about RESPECT & COMMON CURTESY. I was born in the US and have a heritage of Italian and Irish. Yet I will not mark off white on anything. Why? Because computer paper is white. If you can find that color anywhere on my body, I’d give ya cash. We are one race, the human race. Saying that, I will say that she appears to be a selfish bitch that feels she’s entitled due to the color of her skin. This country is going to hell. Someone with her attitude needs to wake up and realize she is part of the problem. She also should not be in politics representing everyone when she seems to be a racist against everyone else. Just my humble opinion.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Playing the racecard. She talks about so called white privilege but she went to the express lane with 20 items. Looks like a little black privilege happened right there. Hypocrite!

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

I think the funniest part of the whole thing is that she is the one now under investigation and possibly going to catch a law suit for deformation of character once all the truth came out..lol too funny and shes so frail and cant stand long but standing for 20 min for the interview ranting and raving.. Hope this guy does file suit will serve her right. and trying to involve her daughter how low can you get.

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

I wrote a long comment here about 26 hours ago and it does not appear. Could someone please tell me why MY comments are not included here and deleted? Is this not a public forum?

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Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Entitled piece of shit lying black drama queen!!! Look at her demeanor and attitude during the interview, that tells it all. She has a serious attitude and entitlement problem!! She probably thought that she would never see this man again and was shocked when he showed up to defend himself. And who the hell calls the police to have some one arrested for a disagreement in a checkout line?? Yep, an angry entitled black queen does!!! What a POS!! She needs to resign!!

checksix
checksix

Her pregnancy didn't stop her from having this "news conference".

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Once again we see the race card played by an ELECTED public servant who feels entitled not to follow the rules that all the rest of us do. She decided that she didn't need to extend common courtesy to the other shopper by following the rules and when she got called out on it by another person of color, she plays the race card. I love the way SHE decided that he was lying about his nationality and SHE decided he was white. That's absolutely priceless! Now she wants him to be arrested and to go to jail.

magnumforc
magnumforc

She is as much a racist as anyone I have ever met or encountered. A self-righteous, self-important ignorant woman who believes she has more rights and privilege than anyone else and can do as she pleases. Clearly she was elected by those who hold similar beliefs of entitlement....otherwise who in the world would elect someone like this? Rants and accusations by people of color do more to polarize the country than any supremacist group could ever do.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Another F*cking LIAR looking for Headlines !!