- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Wal-Mart employee at a New York store was sent packing after his bosses noticed comments he posted on his Facebook page that were deemed derogatory to Muslims. The comments were brought to the attention of store executives by the Muslim lobby group CAIR.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations identified the fired employee as Terry Earsing. His post, The Associated Press reported, included a photo of a Muslim woman in traditional garb with expletive-laced accompanying text: “Halloween came early this year. … Do they really have to … dress like that.”

Mr. Earsing was fired after CAIR complained to the store, AP said. He was an assistant manager at the Wal-Mart store in Hamburg, a Buffalo suburb.

A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the firing was a no-brainer. AP said officials with the Arkansas headquarters checked out the complaint and sent an immediate notice to Mr. Earsing.

Mr. Earsing told The Buffalo News that he was sorry for the post.


• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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