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by RestonNow.com — May 10, 2017 at 9:00 am 19 Comments

Woman in Viral Trader Joe’s Video Speaks to Local TV Station — Fox5 DC said Tuesday that a woman claiming to be the one in a viral video making strong anti-Muslim statements to an American-born Muslim woman at the Reston Trader Joe’s had called the station to discuss the incident. Though the woman declined to give her name or to be recorded, the reporter who spoke with the caller said the woman said she has been “very upset” since the video came out, and that her side of the conversation had been “taken out of context.” The woman reportedly said that a portion of the conversation that took place before filming began was left out, and that the Muslim woman she was speaking to had actually started the conversation by making strong statements against the U.S. The woman said she and her family have been seeking legal counsel because they have received threats since the video was posted online. [Fox 5]

All High Schools in Fairfax County Make List of Country’s Best — All high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) District made the Washington Post’s 2017 list of the top high schools in the U.S. Criteria included how rigorous and demanding the school’s curriculum is, along with how well the schools challenge the average student. Rankings were determined by the number of college-level tests given to students compared with the number of graduates each year. Oakton High ranked the highest among all of the FCPS high schools, coming in at No. 168 out of 2,300 schools. Reston’s South Lakes High ranked No. 702, and nearby Herndon High ranked No. 422. [Washington Post]

Officials Say Metro’s Silver Line Extension is Halfway Complete — Loudoun County officials said this week that Phase 2 of construction of the Silver Line extension is now 50-percent complete. The extension will add six more stations to the Silver Line – three of which will be located in Fairfax County, and three in Loudoun, including stations at Dulles Airport, at Loudoun Gateway/Route 606, and in Ashburn. The extension will bring the Silver Line to a total of 23.1 miles. Loudoun Supervisors reportedly awarded the final $51,000 for Phase 2 to S.B. Ballard Construction Company last week to design and build the final Metro parking structures for the extension. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

  • cRAzy

    So FOX5 doesn’t even really know if it was talking to the woman involved in the incident nor whether what this woman–whoever she is–said has the remotest connection with the truth. Moreover, FOX5 knows this.

    I’ll take the videotape over the anonymous, unrecorded telephone call, which itself may not have happened.

  • Adrian Havill

    Exactly. Fox5 doesn’t know if this was another wacky woman, a member of a white supremacist group, or a redneck from Alabama. I vote for the second suspect as long as we’re in a no evidence zone.

    • Jenny Gibbers

      People drink too much coffee at the airport. Fact.

  • vdiv

    Silver Line Phase 2 half-way done?! Yay! 🙂

    • Greg

      But this: Meanwhile, in an effort to get Metro in a safe and reliable state, WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in April that $15.5 billion would be needed over the next decade.

      BOHICA.

      • vdiv

        Is that all?! A mere pocket change. We’ll just slap Reston with another special tax district…

  • Mike M

    ” . . . the Muslim woman she was speaking to had actually started the conversation by making strong statements against the U.S.”

    Oh, but that’s OK! It’s PC! Just don’t say you don’t like Islam or unbridled immigration!

    You do have to ask yourself why this employee on the job picked up her phone and started recording a customer. That is a bit odd. I choose to believe the woman is nuts. But who knows at this point.

    • Richard

      The woman who made the video was in line at the store, not on the job. She videoed the lady because she was as shocked as the rest of us that she would say such things to a total stranger. And no, it’s not OK to express your xenophobic beliefs to a stranger in a check-out line. Furthermore, if a stranger starts a conversation with “strong statements against the US” (whatever undefined statements those were – you’d think the Fox reporter would have asked) you’d probably respond by addressing those comments, not ranting about all Muslims. That said, I agree that the ranting lady has a screw loose.

      • Mike M

        Thanks for the clarification. I lost track of the “victim’s” role. I am still suspicious of folks who whip out their phone cam for relative non-events. This one seems a little spring-loaded. Who knows but the participants? On “strong statements against the US,” they are so gratuitous and overly self-righteous these days, I don’t care what people say in response. I really don’t. But I am curious, were any such things actually said, and what was it?

      • JoeInReston

        I am also not buying the lady’s story that Muslim woman came up to her, somebody she didn’t know, and started making anti-US statements. It doesn’t sound very plausible.

        That being said, I don’t like the Internet mob style of justice where some stranger who isn’t seeking publicity, celebrity, punditry, or a political office, is doxxed publicly and has their phone, email, and/or snail mail inundated with hate and their house damaged with graffiti and eggs.

        • The Constitutionalist

          I am also not buying that crazy woman went up to the victim, somebody she didn’t know, and started making anti-Islam statements. It doesn’t sound very plausible.

          But, that’s the only thing shown in the video. The debate is about what happened before, and we’ll never know.

          • JoeInReston

            That is not the Muslim’s women’s story. The story is that the Muslim women that captured the incident on tape let the crazy lady ahead of her in line. The crazy lady then saw another Muslim women who was wearing Muslim garb and initiated the anti-Islam statements, presumably unaware that the women she was talking too was also Muslim. Conflict then ensued.

            Yes, without a video of the entire interaction, we will never know with 100% certainty. But the likelihoods favor the Muslim’s version of events because her story is far more plausible.

    • Why do you bother?

      If you believe that the Muslim AMERICAN woman said that, I’ve got a bridge in Nevada to sell to you…

      • Mike M

        But there was no need to have an accurate record. It must have had a nice ramp up time. Maybe younger people are just doing that instinctively these days.
        I believe the odds of anti-American commentary are higher than your bridge. I have heard Muslim-Americans say very anti-American things. You see, I have actually spent time in the company of Muslim Americans. When I hear things like that – from anyone, I ask them if I can help them pack.

  • Wow Herndon is really better than South Lakes…what about that…twice better.

    • The Constitutionalist

      And, according to the crime updates each week, twice worse too.

    • Umust B Kidding

      “twice better” . . . That’s not how rankings work. Clearly you didn’t go to either high school.

  • Greg

    $51,000 for parking structures? That’s got to be an error, Loudoun Times-Mirror.

  • Umust B Kidding

    Why would any responsible journalistic enterprise broadcast an anonymous, unverified, and incredulous report like the one about this sick racist woman broadcast by FOX5?

    Oh, wait, we’re talking about FOX! That explains everything!

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