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‘Pick it up’ Peggy? Facebook video shows racist rant in downtown St. Pete

The woman shouts racist slurs at a boy over a gum wrapper.

St. Petersburg has its own version of Barbecue Becky after a Sunday evening post showing a middle-aged white woman shouting down a young black boy and calling him racist names was posted to Facebook.

The video, posted by Facebook user Daysha Adriana, claims the unidentified boy is 14-years old and dropped a gum wrapper on the sidewalk, which he “was going to pick it up” until the woman started screaming at him in a public display on the sidewalk in front of Nature’s Table on 3rd Street North across from Williams Park.

“Nuh-uh, don’t even act like that. Pick it up. Find it. Get down on your knees and find it. Get down on your knees and find it,” she yells, while wagging her finger at him.

She then proceeds to say something unintelligible before calling him a “little n*****” and then again, “all y’all (unintelligible) “f***ing n*****s.”

“Film me, f***er,” she says as the camera zooms in.

The unintelligible phrase she says twice sounds like “no count,” “low count” or maybe, “no account.”

The video comes as similar race-fueled rants taped by onlookers continue to go viral. There was “Barbecue Becky” who called the police on a group of African-American individuals having a barbecue in a park and a woman who called the police over a black girl selling bottled water in front of her home who was dubbed “Permit Patty.”

The Internet has not yet come up with a nickname for the St. Pete woman shouting racist slurs. Perhaps “Pick it up Peggy” could take hold.

The original Facebook post already has more than 60,000 views after being online for about 16 hours. It was shared nearly 2,000 times and has about 1,300 comments.

Most of the comments are supportive of the boy and express outrage over yet another display of overt racism. Others call out the boy for littering, but agree the offense did not warrant such hurtful language.

“Almost 2020 and we still are dealing with being spoken to in this manner over what exactly? A gum wrapper. Tasteless,” the original poster wrote.

St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell shared the video calling for internet users to help identify the boy.

If anyone knows this young man I would love to honor him at this week’s City Council meeting for his extreme politeness towards this woman who did not deserve it at all. It says a great deal about him and about her,” Kornell wrote.

The boy in the video begins to walk up to the bushes where the woman is pointing, but as she yells at him he turns around and walks away, wordless, and smiles. His smile appears less indignant than it does amused by the woman’s behavior.

While the internet was swift in identifying other such people singling out African Americans, this woman does not yet appear to have been identified.

She appears to be in her late 40s or 50s and was wearing a white shirt with dark blue or black stripes, pink skirt or shorts and flip flops and sunglasses with her hair tied back.

Watch the video.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. DisplacedCTYankee

    October 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Just outlaw chewing gum in St Pete; it works in Singapore.

  2. gary

    October 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I don’t agree with this woman… but the 1st amendment protects her right to say whatever idiotic thing she wants.

    • haha

      October 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      RIght, Gary….and once she’s doxxed and exposed then her job has protected rights to fire her ass for being a poor representative of their business.

      happy hunting, internet sleuths!

    • Connie

      October 13, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      The first amendment doesn’t protect her from consequences like me putting my foot up her ass.

  3. Jimjam

    October 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    She’s already doxxed. She’ll be homeless like permit peggy in about a month.

  4. Tina

    October 8, 2019 at 7:11 am

    If he had laid a finger on her, the headlines would have been very different. Sad that this is still occurring, don’t say she mental. Hatred is not a mental illness.

  5. Jonathan Clayton

    October 8, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I think ” Pick it up, Penny” has a better ring to it. See a Penny, PICK IT UP! LOL

  6. Rodney Terrell

    October 8, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Lets put it in perspective.In a world where it seems half the population is OK with attempting a coup on a duly elected president, tensions are high.Now if you can keep your hatred and racists thoughts at bay for a moment.Post says coming from Church,I love that.Perhaps a thought entered his mind” pocket or toss it?”re: the wrapper. Bad choice. Lots of “bad choices here”! Woman justified for her actions? Of course not. She blew up, probably in that frame of mine before seeing the kid drop the wrapper.Sin begets sin. Really impressed with young boy keeping it together! He should have picked up the wrapper and said, “I was wrong, but you WAY overreacted, and should apologize to me! All people sin and say and do sinful, stupid things. Its when we start thinking ” see that, all white people act that way” ,or “see that, all black kids litter like that”. Both are terribly wrong. What about giving the kid the free tickets… first, pick up the wrapper. Littering is wrong for anyone, then, enjoy your game!

    • Connie

      October 13, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Any lame-ass excuse will do!

  7. Alana

    October 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

    No he didn’t have to pick up anything. She is an adult, why are children expected to be held to a higher standard?

  8. Cathy

    October 9, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Pick it up Peggy needs to be aressted for being a hateful racist! Totally psycho behaviour! 72 hour detention is required for her ridiculous racist outburst! I’m still in shock!

  9. Mahan Williams

    October 10, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Why hasn’t this women been arrested? Why hasn’t she been sued? This is the world we are living in BLACK PEOPLE WAKE UP. I’ll be gla the day we stand together and really LET FREEDOM RING! Power to the people !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 2fresh 2clean

    October 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I guess white people don’t litter and all black kids have to live up that standard of the nonlittering white man.

  11. Tati

    October 10, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Her mouth does more damage than a gam wrapper.

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