NC firm fires worker over invoice for ‘poka honas’

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Valvoline (Source: Sarah Johnson/WWAY)

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A Valvoline Instant Oil Change in North Carolina has fired a worker over an invoice that called a customer “poka honas,” an apparent reference to Pocahontas.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports a photograph of the Asheville business’ invoice posted online Monday shows the customer’s address as Raccoon Trail, a street that doesn’t exist in the city. The person who posted the invoice online said the customer is a person of color. That person’s identity remains publicly unknown, and the newspaper says the customer wasn’t immediately available to comment.

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Valvoline spokesman Sean Cornett says the service center immediately fired the worker and apologized to the customer. He says the company’s response underscores its intolerance to discrimination of any kind.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com



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