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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 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.

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