BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Terry Earsing was an assistant manager at Wal-Mart until the company fired him for posting a derogatory comment under a photo of customers inside their store on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg.
But now, an Islamic group that asked Wal-Mart to discipline Earsing, is asking the company to forgive and re-hire Earsing. News 4 spoke to the former assistant manager on Friday, and he's grateful to the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for their actions.
"Boy they went out of their way for me to try and help me out, and boy that was so nice," Earsing said.
He was fired after posting a comment on a picture of Muslim women shopping in his store with a caption that read: "Halloween came early this year....do they really have to [expletive] dress like that...your (sic) in my country ...get that [expletive] [expletive] off !!!!!"
News 4 spoke to him shortly after he was fired, and Earsing said, "I've embarrassed my friends, my family, and myself. I apologize to everybody, including the Muslim community. I hurt people that I didn't know and I hurt those I did know."
And now the Muslim community is rallying to Earsing's side. CAIR sent Wal-Mart a letter saying, "We hope Wal-Mart will accept his apology and if possible provide him with employment."
The group works to foster peace and tolerance and says they never wanted Earsing to be fired.
"I never expected that," Earsing said. "I really didn't. I just... I just wanted to apologize to them because I meant no harm by it. It just started out as a stupid joke and boy did it go awry so fast."
The letter to Wal-Mart also explains the group has spoken to Earsing, and they believe he is truly apologetic and will have more tolerance discussions to end discrimination.
"They understood... they understood," Earsing said. "They're very nice people and they came through for me."
Wal-Mart, however, says they stand by their word that Earsing failed to live up to their expectations.
"God, if I could just take that day back, I would," Earsing said.
A Wal-Mart spokesman told News 4 she is unsure if the company has received the letter yet, and would let us know if anything changes.
Earsing doesn't believe he'll be re-hired, but is hopeful for the future.
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