Police in this northern Idaho city are investigating a note left on a convenience store door as possible malicious harassment.
Security cameras show a man getting out of a car and leaving the note at 2:57 a.m. Thursday at Piggie's Deli and Market.
Workers discovered the note tucked between the front doors when they opened at 5 a.m. The note contained a picture of a man wearing a sombrero and a slur against Latinos, and included the words, "Join the White Revolution," police said.
A Latino man worked the previous night's shift.
"This is a very serious matter," the store's manager, Dharamjit Khehra, told The Spokesman-Review.
Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood said malicious harassment, a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Idaho law also allows victims of such activity to file civil suits for damages.
Khehra, a Sikh who wears a turban and beard, said he's been in the United States 13 years and has managed Piggie's three years. He said the note is the only racist incident he's encountered. [Link]
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