Hyun Lee, a 37-year-old from New Jersey, is suing CVS for $1 million after allegedly receiving a receipt replacing her name with a racial slur when she wen to pick up her photos.
Instead of the receipt saying “Hyun Lee,” it said “Ching Chong Lee. The Smoking Gun has an image of the alleged receipt:
Wikipedia describes the term in question:
Ching chong is a pejorative term sometimes employed by speakers of English to mock people of Chinese ancestry, or other Asians who may be mistaken for Chinese. Several public commentators have characterized the term as derogatory while noting that assaults or physical intimidation of Asians are often accompanied by racial slurs or imitation Chinese.
NBA star Shaquille O’Neal once famously used the slur, when he said, “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh”.
ABC News has an interview with Lee talking about the distress she feels from the incident:
According to Lee’s lawyer, the company did not fire the employee responsible, nor offer an apology.
It appears that Brad Paisley and LL Cool J have yet to eliminate racism.