Witnesses: Lawmaker Was The One Who Told Cuban Man 'Go Back Where You Came From'

Cobb County police said that they will not be charging Rep. Erica Thomas or Eric Sparkes in connection with the dispute.

Mableton, GA – The Georgia lawmaker who claimed that a “white man” berated her during a racist tirade at a grocery store was actually the only person heard saying “go back to where you came from,” store employees said.

Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas’ hoax hate crime story went viral after she posted a tearful rundown of what supposedly occurred to Facebook on July 19.

Thomas claimed that earlier that day, she was confronted by a “white man” for having too many items in the express lane at the Mableton Publix store.

The state representative claimed that the man, later identified as Eric Sparkes, called her a “lazy son-of-a-b---h,” and told her to “go back to where you came from.”

Sparkes, an outspoken Democrat who is also Cuban, adamantly denied having told Thomas to go back to where she came from.

He admitted he did call her a “selfish little b---h” after she lashed out at him for pointing out her abuse of the express lane.

Thomas subsequently back peddled on her account of what occurred, but doubled-down on her original allegations just a day later.

She has repeatedly declared that security footage and witnesses would “collaborate” her account – but that’s not what ended up taking place.

In fact, the witnesses’ stories didn’t back up Thomas’ self-proclaimed “hate crime” allegations at all.

The employees said they never heard Sparkes tell Thomas to “go back to where you came from,” but that they did hear the lawmaker say those words to Sparkes.

“She said that to him,” the employee told a Cobb County police officer on Saturday, bodycam footage showed. “’You can go back to where you came from’ to him.”

Witnesses told police that the confrontation lasted only about 45 seconds, and that Thomas “kept ‘running her mouth’” after Sparkes turned to leave, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Witnesses also said they did not recall having heard Sparkes tell the lawmaker to “go back to where you came from,” according to the paper.

On Tuesday, Cobb County police announced that they conducted a thorough investigation into Thomas’ claims, and that they have no intentions of filing criminal charges against Sparkes, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Thomas is not expected to be charged either, according to WSB.

“Everyone that knows me knows that I am anti-hate, anti-bigot and anti-racism,” Sparkes said after police announced that he won’t face any charges, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Sadly, too much of media isn’t fact-checking items or they are just taking the word of a politician when they do a live Facebook or a Twitter post.”

Thomas’ supporters were quick to accept her account without question and her tearful Facebook video quickly went viral.

“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 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 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.

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!”

The following day, Sparkes identified himself to reporters and spoke out about what he claimed were false allegations against him.

In an interview with WXIA, 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.

Surveillance footage showed Sparkes as he approached the express checkout line and pointed at the sign displaying the item limit for the express lane.

Sparkes said he then politely addressed the fact that she was not complying with the item limit.

He said that Thomas suddenly 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!”

During Sparkes’ interview, Thomas barged in twice and interrupted his interaction with reporters.

“You are going to jail!” she declared, as she berated him 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.

In an interview with WSB, Thomas said that Sparkes is guilty of “simple assault,” and claimed that there are witnesses who would 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 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.”

Thomas also faced backlash this week for a previous Twitter post she made expressing his support for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter.

The 20-year-old gunman murdered 17 students and faculty during the 2018 massacre, and left 17 more wounded.

“My heart goes out to [the gunman]!!” Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Some don’t know how to cope with being an orphan. I thank God everyday for getting me through the system in one piece. #FloridaShooting #mentalhealth #PrayforDouglas #prayfornik”

Hunter Pollack, whose sister Meadow was murdered in the attack, blasted Thomas on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Erica Thomas tweeted after my sister was killed that we should pray for her killer. Nothing about his 17 victims,” Hunter railed. “She is now using her race to justify misbehaving at a grocery store. I feel bad for the man being falsely accused of a hate crime!”

“My daughter was the victim,” Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, wrote in another tweet. “Her classmates were the victims. Her teachers were the victims. “How dare @itsericathomas give the kid who murdered my daughter even a shred of empathy!”

Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina was also murdered in the attack, posted about Thomas’ tweet on Monday.

Thomas deleted the message of support for the mass shooter early Tuesday, FOX News reported.

In 2015, Thomas also described herself as the “biggest fan” of Jussie Smollett, who later staged a hate crime on himself in Chicago, according to FOX News.

Comments (43)
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JBo
JBo

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

I agree. Sooooo, when you gonna stop?

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

I blame this entire contretemps on the failure of the American public school system to teach math. Here we have an adult woman who is unable to differentiate between ten items or less, versus twenty items.

I'm surprised America was ever able to put a man on the moon with these kinds of math deficiencies.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

I'll bet she's a perfect representative of her electorate.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

so. we have another hood rat for our congresswoman.

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

Loid mouth, good for absolute nothing, BITCH. They think if they are loud enough and move their heads and hands around, that they are right. She is exactly who you see riding on the electric scooter in Walmart. Fat lazy loudmouth bitch!

American2020
American2020

....and of course no charges are brought to her. At the least, she should be removed from office. The lawlessness in this country is beyond fixing, it is irreversible and headed in one direction.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Entitled lying liberal piece of shit biatch!!! She needs to resign!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

She is a credit to her race!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Two things - one, she made a false report, so why isn't she being arrested? Two, with that mug how did she manage to find a sperm donor? Oh, and Sparkes should sue her as fast as possible.

pp22
pp22

fyi cubans aren't a race.. most cuban americans are white, and this man is white. I think americans need to realize that in latin america there's more racial diversity than the u.s.. racially cuba is more like the u.s. than it is like mexico (most black, white, mixed people.. rather than native americans and mixed people like in mexico)

61mouse
61mouse

Ya go back to where you came from AKA the other line

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You would think that filing a false report of a hate crime would be an arrestable offense... I mean, I know she's from Georgia and not Chicago, but still....

new2lv2
new2lv2

So when will the DNC nominate her for a presidential run?

Grog
Grog

Just another ghetto rat! She said she is none months pregnant and can't stand for long periods of time, yet she stood up the whole time in front of the camera!

Jones24
Jones24

She owes that man an apology!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

I am of the mind that people need to use the law to silence these people that are making such false allegations. In this case, Mr. Sparkes has a case against the State Rep. Please feel free to read Georgia statute for libel which covers and includes defamation and slander. She went on television and posted on social media that he said something he, in fact didn't say and he honestly should sue her for all the damage she has caused him.

RB2207
RB2207

The only one inciting anything is Thomas. It amazes me that even when confronted with overwhelming evidence people are still supporting her lies.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Not only a lazy bitch who can’t count but a lying bitch also. Then again, both are typical socialist democrat traits!

stooge819
stooge819

My only question from the beginning of this farce is why were the police involved after their initial response to the verbal disturbance? It's not (yet) a crime to say something like that to another. No followup was necessary. Some words were exchanged and some tempers flared. Anyone assaulted? Nope. Done. Pay for your groceries and move along. I get that she's a politician, so that may have driven the story a little further.

Mactracker
Mactracker

He didn't say "go back" probably said "got back" big ass bitch

gfc1963
gfc1963

And she represents people?? And don't these idiots know by now that the camera never lies?? They can go on FB and Twitter and call people racist and then when the TRUTH comes out they are suddenly quiet??

OldVet
OldVet

Typical, I am wrong but if I pull the race card quick enough everyone will believe me. When the truth comes out, it will not matter.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. She filed a police report and now she recanted her story. She needs to be charged with filing a false police report. She is a typical thug that continuously causes division because she thinks people owes her something. She thought she was going to get something for nothing but it back fired on her. What she didn’t account for was the guy she picked was a Cuban. She is the ignorant one!! This crap has stopped!!!

Farmer
Farmer

She should join the mob of demonrat losers and run for president on the "I'm an abused slave" ticket.

IMO
IMO

“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.”

If this is true, why bother having a 10 items or less line? I’ve stood in a 15 items or less line at my local store and have seen store employees tell people with more than 15 items to go to a different line.

MS MARY
MS MARY

MY QUESTION IS WHY IS SHE NOT BEING CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME AND LYING TO POLICE ?

SHE WAS WILLING TO LET AN INNOCENT MAN BE PUNISHED , TERRORIZED AS WELL AS LABELED AS A RACIEST FOR WHAT WERE CLEARLY MADE UP CHARGES.

HE WAS NOT WHITE HE IS CUBAN.. HE IS THE IMMIGRANT FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY NOT HER .

SHE IS THE ONE WHO BECAME AGGRESSIVE AND HE IMMEDIATELY RETREATED. SHE THEN TOLD HIM TO GO BACK TO HIS OWN COUNTRY.

WHAT SHE SAID AND DID AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE WAS JUST CLEARLY SO VERY WRONG AND THEN TO LIE ABOUT IT AND PLACE BLAME UPON AN INNOCENT MAN IS JUST UNCONSCIONABLE..

SHE NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED AND CHARGES.. REMOVED FROM HER POSITION AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE .

HOW CAN THE CITIZENS SHE REPRESENTS TRUST HER WHEN CLEARLY SHE HAS NO INTEGRITY NOR DOES SHE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE HONEST IN HER DEALINGS WITH THE PUBLIC.

IT IS TIME THAT THE CITIZENS START TO DEMAND THAT THOSE THEY ELECT TO REPRESENT THEM ARE PEOPLE OF HIGH MORAL STANDING, PEOPLE WITH VALUES AND WHO HAVE INTEGRITY AND ARE PEOPLE WHO DEAL WITH THE CITIZENS IN A POLITE AND RESPECTFUL MANNER.

IF THEY CAN NOT DO THIS AND DO NOT HAVE THESE QUALITIES THEN DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM TO REPRESENT YOU..

CLEARLY THIS WOMEN REPRESENTS HERSELF AND NOT ANYONE ELSE..

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

“Uhm pardon me ma’am? It is very possible you can’t read. If you could read, the sign says a count limit.

As, we are pretty sure you mastered the metric system in middle school (kilos, grams, and ounces), this is like that, but simple counting.

But counting! Like, ‘adding on the pounds’.

Regardless, you are not from this line. Now, GO BACK TO the line you CAME FROM!”

SophClaudia
SophClaudia

This is an example of a public figure who displays an absence of self-awareness. Plus, seems to say extremely insensitive things in response to a school shooting just for the attention she gets from it. Makes one wonder about her mental health.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Why is this DISGUSTING POS Still in office ???? Nothing but a LYING POS !!! REMOVE HER !!!

Scattered
Scattered

People like this disgust me. She should be removed immediately but she won't be. Sad what this world is coming to.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Sheesh, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous. And with agreeing with Andy above me here, Being loud doesn’t make them right either. Jus because you talk over someone and clap your hand at every syllable (if these people even know what a syllable is) that you speak, all it does is make you sound more stupid and ignorant at things you know jack shit about what your even talking about. All of those actions and use of big words are just used as distractions to how uneducated you really are. Everyone’s experienced it at one point of their lives, or at least observed it.