toy figurine

A bank customer in Raleigh, N.C. took offense to what she described as a "racist" figurine with a "noose" around its neck on a credit union employee's desk.

Stacey Smith wrote a Facebook post on Tuesday detailing her encounter with the bank employee who didn't appreciate how upset she was over the toy.

The figurine depicts one of Michonne's "pet" walkers from the zombie-themed television show "The Walking Dead".

Michonne, a popular black female character on the show, often travels with walkers -- zombies with no arms or lower jaws who mask her scent so she can avoid detection by other zombies.

The "walkers" have chains -- not nooses -- around their necks.

Similar figurines are sold on Amazon.com for $4.99 each.

Smith, who is black, wrote that the employee told her he collects the figurines.

When she told him the tiny doll was "very offensive," the employee innocently asked her in what way.

"Right then I walked out of his office and went straight to the receptionist and asked for his boss!," she wrote.

The figurines are only 2.5 inches tall -- which means the customer has eyes as sharp as an eagle to spot the doll sitting on a desk.

Other Facebook users sided with Smith over the minor incident.

"Let me get this straight, he really did not think there was anything wrong with publicly displaying that?!?" wrote one user, adding the hashtag #specialkindofstupid.

Another Facebook user wrote: "I'm just saying there are better ways to show your love for The Walking Dead. He has shown poor judgement and I would not feel very comfortable with him overlooking my finances."

But one Newsobserver.com commenter was sympathetic to the bank employee.

"By the looks of the comments on the Facebook page, and some on here, ppl just looking to be offended by anything."

The credit union issued a statement in response to the customer's complaint, according to ABC11.

"Yesterday, the actions of one of our employees fell far short of our expectations and we took immediate steps to address this personnel matter," the statement read in part.

The statement didn't say whether the employee was terminated or if the bank offered compensation to the customer.

  • Blue

    The real offense is that 0.000000001% interest on savings accounts them credit unions be giving.

  • FukkFolks2018

    this shit has my whole Facebook TL on fire still. Shout out to Thomasi McDonald of The News & Observer for the story. Love you to the end of the earth and back bruh.

  • Mints

    Shes definitely reaching with this one. What about producers, writers, actors and actresses for the Walking Dead? Does she have an issue with them? It sounds like she doesnt even know what the toy is in reference to.

  • Jes

    He knew what he was doing.

  • FukkFolks2018

    "Umm... this is disgusting! If he thinks the world should accommodate his need to put an idiotic, inherently offensive toy on his desk, he has an unhealthy sense of entitlement and a big old dose of white privilege happening! And then to react with such unprofessionalism and attempt to publicly shame the customer instead of being mortified and apologizing for his lack of judgment? Well, he’s made it clear he should no longer have a job. I don’t watch that show, but I would find that “toy” offensive even if I did. This guy’s behavior, sadly, belies a racism that people don’t even recognize in themselves. And that’s why all of us have to start speaking up, or things will never get better in this world. I hope I would have had the courage to do the same. Good for you, Stacey Smith! I’m so sorry you have been put in this situation. Very glad to see other employees at SECU speak out against this behavior. Thank you to them! Because this isn’t just about the threat of losing customers. It’s about being a decent human being."

    And this was from one of the mayos.

  • RudyHuxtable

    To be honest, that character stems from the series, The Walking Dead, where Michonne held her deceased walker husband and best friend captive with chains. She used them to fend from the apocalypse. Their mouths and arms were ripped off so they could not bite and attack.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65f38654ad34672d12c2a59ae93b32593e716fe3bfda56d1bb78eb36d26d678a.jpg

  • RudyHuxtable

    Everyone is a racist.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Im torn...maybe because I was a walking dead fan (Pre-Negan) but I thought from the gate it was one of Michonne's pet zombies...I can see how someone who has never saw the show would get offended ...I just feel like if we as brothas and sistahs keep jumping at the little things then "the others" will disregard the bigger issues when the ish hits the fan...Our voices are finally being heard we are recording those who are doing us wrong but we have to choose our battles wisely...This is a reach and old girl should have taken it up with the manager and not blasted him on social media so damn quick...

  • Kemi

    The political correctness and thinned skin world we live in... that man’s name is shown in pic & now he’s going to be receiving negative attention for displaying a walking dead character on his desk.. black ppl we have to choose our battle wisely..

  • NuBeauty

    Trust me, they're not going to do nothing to Matt.....she seriously forgot what State she's in. If they do something to him, they will transfer him to another location....probably on the North side. Hahahaha, I should go up there and witness the foolery that will happen today. LOL, I know my 919 people....they going up there just to talk sh*t...LMAO

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Soon as I saw the photo I knew that was Michonnes pet walker... Go figure but shyt I love the Walking Dead watch fear the Walking Dead too ... I don't know what else to say about this... I know what the toy is

  • cherrypie

    I mean even if he didnt think it was anything wrong with it it's still poor judgement to bring it to work and have it sitting on his desk for customers to view. I watch TWD also and when I saw it the TWD was not the first thing to come to mind.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I've heard Matt is already gone. he is working out of the operations center off of Wake Forest Road (across from Trader Joe's) until further notice. NOT open to the public.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Instantly knew. .. And if you are a fan which seems like he is because these types buy a bunch of the toys... Trinkets ... Baseball bats with barb wire chile. .. Hell even I want one . Lol shid truth be told.... Walking dead paraphernalia is a huge seller ... Why ya think Kanye trying to make bank on his clothes ... Sn I kid.. ?? no but seriously ... Folks love Walking Dead paraphernalia ... Even the things that are given away on talking dead be dope.. .

  • iWasteTime

    I've never watched the show.
    I see a bloodied black man with something around his neck.
    That shouldn't even be in the office, from a T.V.show or not

  • Mints

    People are so sensitive nowadays. She definitely jumped out the window with this one.

  • IamAllnatural

    Most people don’t watch the show and therefore they don’t know what it represents. If he had any compassion, he would’ve explained what it represents when she said it was offensive. Maybe then the issue would’ve been resolved, and she wouldn’t have blasted him. It looks offensive and shouldn’t be in the workplace. Leave your toys at home.

  • RudyHuxtable

    For real.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yes they are...I have a few t-shirts and buttons but my little brother has the replica Michonne sword and a few of the trinket toys too...he even called in on Talking Dead once and they answered his question...The Walking Dead has a whole fandom lol...I haven't really watched this season tho it felt kinds dragged down with little to no action but I will watch before the end of the summer...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Wreckognize Game

    Since I don't watch the Walking Dead, I would not know that was from that TV show. Given the present climate here I can see how she thought that was inappropriate. After the explanation I understand. The figurine maker needs to change that figurine's design

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    hmmmm.... the explanation (excuse?) sounds plausible. i dont watch the walking dead, so i know nothing about its characters. i DO wonder if there are other behaviors or attitudes that can be attributed to the bank employee that would cause it to seem in line with his already being known for racial intolerance or racial insensitivity. he could be innocent in that he's clueless regarding the 'appearance' of his 'toy' ....or he could be toeing the line while pretending to be clueless. it's NC, so it could go either way...

  • FukkFolks2018

    From my understanding she said I am offended. He said... Im sorry, how are you offended? She then states that she immediatley left without waiting for an explanation.

    He shouldnt have had it there period is my thought. No way you can see that and not know some black person and comes to find out...a lot of white people...finds that offensive. Show or not.

    So its a whole lot of scenarios here.

  • NuBeauty

    you know they're going to wait until this dies down and stick his a55 right back in at another branch. Hahaha, they would stick him there, where nobody can come and kick his a55, lol. You know SECU on Louisburg Rd would've been lit today just because, lol. Well.....I know where I will not be going to get my funds today......

    *Songs starts in head......then went to YouTube playing...

    Just got paid; it's Friday night
    Party hunting, feeling right
    Body shaking, all around
    Know one thing: I'm getting down *****

    YES BABY EXTENDED WEEKEND.....OLDEST BOY BIRTHDAY ON MEMORIAL DAY, AYYYYEEEE...ITS GOING DOWN!!! DANCING ALL IN MY OFFICE....HAPPY MF FRIDAY ROSESSSSSS....WE MADE IT, AYYYYEEEEEEE

  • Mints

    It seems like he was trying to make dialogue about it and she got up and walked out because she wanted to speak to the boss. I understand why somebody whos unaware of the show would be upset but she shouldnt have been so quick to jump to a conclusion and post on Facebook without at least hearing the reasoning. The toys are based on the show which is based on the comic.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    *sigh* That is a chain around his neck, not a noose...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Why ya think Kanye trying to make bank on his clothes ... Sn I kid.
    ____________________

    you jest, but you told some truth right here, lol!

  • TMW

    I don’t watch the Walking Dead, but I would not have found the figuring offensive. It looks green, not black. People need to pick their battles more carefully.

  • FukkFolks2018

    What this whole narrative leaves out...Matt hopped HIS ass on Facebook in a whole guess what happened to me at work today story. Nobody really tells that part.

  • MissHarlem

    I'm not one for toys at work regardless so to me it's an instant ?. However I used to watch twd stopped after last season so I knew but still ? at toys at work.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Well it happened on tuesday. I can imagine Wed-yes today its probably extra security there and everything lol. My oldest daughter lives right across the street from there. Happy birthday to your son!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Kanya azz ain't fooling me... Chile so you know a lot of money is walking dead paraphernalia ... man listen

  • NuBeauty

    THANK YOU LUVVVVV!!!!!!!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    There was a guy that worked with us that they kept reminding not to do his political bs. He would put MAGA hats on his desk or tape Hillary bashing stuff on the corkboard. After he was reprimanded, he starting posting black lives matter stuff up but sarcastically posted articles of black on black crimes. He no longer works here.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I just noticed Sandra your whole write up leaves out the part that Matt hopped HIS ass on Facebook and also offered to inbox one of his buddies the lady PERSONAL information. I think that is what is going to get him fired. Not this toy. But from my understanding he is still employed there as of right now, at a location that is not open to the public

    "In his own Facebook post, Anderson responded, saying, “I have officially been accused of racism for my choice of desk toy. Apparently a story about a strong female character of color and overcoming adversity is offensive.”

    "Then he went to Facebook about a issue that happen at work. Still not taking it in consideration that this lady was really offended. It's offensive for him to ask her why when the obvious is in his face....then he offer to inbox his customer personal info to a friend on FB ..."

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I love how you think. My sentiments exactly. My sister and them watch the walking dead but I dont. As soon as I seen the toy it took me back to slavery pictures.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I dont watch but my oldest and my bf are huge fans.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    It’s offensive and the creators of that figurine knows it. Anyone with any knowledge of the history of this country knows it’s offensive just by looking at it. I know a guy, Jewish, who has a marionette that is black, with dreadlocks that cover its face. This white guy wants to start a children’s entertainment business where he goes to schools and daycare centers and birthday parties etc. with this puppet that he “operates”. I think this man is a very nice man. BUT I’m uncomfortable with the idea of him controlling this puppet that has no face and no voice. I’m uncomfortable with the message. Am I tripping? Or is it offensive? What do y’all think?

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    SMDH!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yessss I so agree.

  • IamAllnatural

    She asked him what was that doll. He replied, I collect them. She stated that it was offensive to her. At this point, he should’ve apologized and explained that it was a character on tv instead of responding “in what way.” He was being condescending & I wouldn’t have wasted any more of my time talking to him either.

  • NuBeauty

    You know what, I surely forgot that he violated the HIPPA Law....f*ck the racism part, she got a whole lawsuit because he gave out her information. Well Matt.....thats where the firing will be not for the toy. He should kept his Mayo a55 off of fb....he f*cked up then

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • NuBeauty

    YEEESSSS HUNNNIIIII, WOOORRRKKK ITTTTT :) LOL

  • FukkFolks2018

    Correct. He is in big ass trouble. And since the state employees credit union is a state agency I dont think they can just fire him outright. Its a whole process. which is why he is still there. When I say this whole thing has taken over my TL? I have people from all walks on my FB and a whole lot of news folks from when I was at the paper. Attorneys from when I was at the trial lawyers association and a whole lotta teachers etc. I didnt know wtf had happened on Tuesday. It was pretty bad and still is as this gains national attention.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Offensive

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    oh, did he now.... oh well, good luck Matty, smh

  • IamAllnatural

    He was being sarcastic. It’s a bloody black doll in front of a black customer, and he’s acting clueless.

  • Mints

    Theres no way you could know that unless you were there.

  • shay2shaymd

    I was offended until I was reminded that Michonne does have those type of walkers then I'm like ok, no harm done. I still think the representative should use better judgement in the future.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    oh his azz was definitely being an AZZ. fugg you Matty!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    It CAN be offensive..IF you do NOT know the "storyline" of the Walking Dead....
    BUT it ALSO can AND is OFFENSIVE to many that UNDERSTAND the FACTS of slavery, what was Endured and what was represented by the Use of NOOSES, CHAINS, etc ...
    although in "modern day" (Walking Dead episodes)the chain around the neck be it a CHAIN or noose or WHATEVER can be looked at and taken DIFFERENTLY based on differences of OPINIONS.

  • NuBeauty

    WELL, he screwed himself. Oh yes, I would take it to court. THATS WHERE JUSTICE LIES....NOT PROTESTING OR BOYCOTTING.....LAWSUITS IS WHERE ITS AT. Hit them pockets because she has a case and a legit one with that screenshot of him telling his friend that her information was in the inbox (how stupid can you be, lol). I just know Matt was NOT listening in training when discuss HIPPA. Hahahaha, if I do not know nothing else, I know HIPPA....and how to curve around giving out individuals information....wont get me caught up, lol hahahaha, I bet the Lawyers ready for that case....she don't need to look for a lawyer, they will come to her, if not already, lol

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    It's ok to have your Personal life, But in a Business, You have to be sensitive to your clientele.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    it's offensive if YOU are offended. the end.

  • RudyHuxtable

    True as well.

  • NuBeauty

    That's because WP have put it in their minds that slavery had nothing to do with them, it was not in their generation so its like an out of sight, out of mind type thing with them. The will never take their present actions as offensive because they have built themselves mentally to think, black people are over what has happen to them in this country, or should be over it. Their minds are f*cked tbh. Thats why they can't see things for how it really is.....they have created another world where their history is wiped clean.....that's why when you ask them what were they thinking....they have that dumb ass look and answer..."Well, I really didn't think it would be offense"......*rolls eyes*.....and Luv, you had every reason to feel they way you did.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    I’m really close to telling him that it’s offensive and that he should not pursue this business.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I wonder why this was the only Walking Dead figurine on his desk if collects them? ?

  • Dollmeshia Dee-Dee Clark

    i think in a public office it should remain PROFESSIONAL because things like this can be taken out of context. I've never seen The walking Dead and at 1st glance i would've had the same impression. So the solution is ....Keep your personal life PERSONAL
    (but i do agree that the sensitivity level is very high right now!)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    well you know him well enough to know if he'll be receptive. however, if he chooses to ignore your input, he may be in for a rude awakening 'cause i know a LOT of parents who won't tolerate their children being subjected to that kind of "entertainment" ...he better think! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4fd3148018fc516a2817ea54a8dd36257b729ea6240d01c070541c3d7ff0c84d.gif

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Their minds are fucked. They are CLUE. LESS. It’s astonishing sometimes. I’m a very well adjusted person. Very tactful. So, I don’t want to be snapping over every little thing but I feel like I either need to check white people or avoid them altogether...which is impossible because I actually like a few of them?. I’m torn?

  • IamAllnatural

    I don’t watch that show but are there white characters chained just like your pic?

  • TMW

    For employment law, the question of offensive is whether a “reasonable person” would take offense. The “reasonable person” standard is so subjective though. People could be “offended” by a picture of your family on your desk because they don’t have one. Or a motivational quote that they think is “religious.” Or a turtle figurine if they think it is offensive to nature and wild life. I say eff it, please yourself because you can’t please everybody. And if you’re offended by what’s on my desk, stay away from my desk. People are so touchy these days, and make friggin mountains out of mole hills. ANNND social media has created monsters because now everybody has a platform.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    they are black men ... michonnes husband and his best friend... black men. .. she killed them for eating her child... Used them as a weapon to sift through the apocalypse ... it's well known. .. Later on in the show she used more walkers as basically a shield. . To disguise herself in a sense .. Had chains around their necks as a leash ...

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    True facts. You and Retha ain’t neva lied. I’m annoyed that while a lot of parents would not hire him, if he packages it right, a lot will. And then Sandra will doing a write up on his ass. Too much. I’m gonna tell him though. I think he’s just that unaware. Which is annoying. They just annoy me?

  • Soda

    I can't stand going to an office~ doctor, post office, whatever, and the worker has personal pics plastered everywhere. One framed pic in your work space is enough, this ain't your house.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yeah, they're so 'superior' that a lot of times they simply cannot be told, smh
    he gonna learn though, Lol

  • Soda

    It wasn't a toy from a G rated tv show. It doesn't belong at work. He should leave it in his car to play with on break if he desires it that much.

  • freelancepimp .

    At first thought I was like, that's from the walking dead. But at second thought, why does he have like one little solo character. It's sitting up there by itself with no other paraphernelia around it. It would look less conspicuous if it was surrounded by other figurines or collectables or what have you.

    Anyway I can see the mistake. It's not a good look for anyone that doesn't know. In a professional setting like a bank he should just remove it. Fuck him!

  • MissHarlem

    I'm very bland at work because my mindset is until I'm an owner I'm just passing time. I can pack up and leave in two mins or less. Keeps my focus that this ain't it. So for me toys etc is unnecessary but I get it all the same.

  • MsVAllDay

    Yes that's the real issue!!!!!!! These bullshyt interest rates.

  • Cannelle

    Truth.

  • IamAllnatural

    He didn’t violate HIPPA because it applies to healthcare, but he definitely violated her privacy.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Whatever the HIPPA equivalent is for banking

  • NuBeauty

    lol, you right....when you been in the healthcare field for a long time....you start thinking everything is HIPPA. Well, she still got it on the ground of violating the Financial Privacy Act....so she still winning all the way around

  • Cannelle

    Never watched the show and don't recognize the doll. In my office, I'd like to put up a Japanese demon mask to ward off extra work, but some people won't know what it is and find it offensive. If you work with the public, it's best to keep your work space neutral.

  • IamAllnatural

    Black people in chains represents slavery. I don’t think anyone should use that image for anything & think it’s okay. I’m glad I don’t support this foolishness!

  • SweetTEE

    I guess we dont know the origin of zombies. They were developed to depict blacks in Haiti..info is readily available online. I see why she was offended if she did not watch the show.

  • IamAllnatural

    Yes she will!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    As soon as I saw the picture, I instantly knew this was one of Michonne's (sp?) walkers. But I used to be a fan of the show until this last season. Someone who has never seen it or gotten into the show wouldn't know.

  • LexGirl

    Or put it somewhere that it is not seen by the public. I don't watch the show, so I would have been offended as well. If he would have said it was from a TV show, they could have had a conversation, but he was being condescending & that is what would have pissed me off too! I agree that a conversation should have been had, but when he said "how so?" like he DIDN'T know, I would have walked out on his a$$ too. He is in a PROFESSIONAL setting & some things should not be seen by customers.

  • NuBeauty

    BUT I wonder, will he have a strong argument that she went and posted on fb.....I just hope by her posting on fb doesn't hurt in the long run. Sometimes fb is not the best place to expose when you have a case. Win the case first then post, ijs

  • Meme

    Not everyone (me for instance) would know what a michonne is, so if it may be misconstrued as something offensive best to keep it tucked away for your own personal use in your own abode and not somewhere s customer would have to see it

  • TMW

    I don’t keep a lot of personal stuff on my desk because as a leader I have had folks come to me and complain about this type of stuff on other people’s desks. These are real world examples, and I work for a not for profit religious organization...and people are still petty, smh. I want to say, “go do your job!!” But I have to apologize and go tell someone that their daughter’s picture is offensive to people with fertility issues. Wow.

  • IamAllnatural

    I don’t think he has an argument because he violated his job’s confidentiality policy. She only posted his name & work address which is public info that’s probably on bank’s website if he has a high position.

  • ebonics
  • deanya

    ?? google is free and there's literally nothing racist about this ??

  • Roxie Moxie

    No matter where the image came from, this is a professional setting. Leave sh*t like this at HOME. If employees are told that they should heed the kinds of things they hang in their office (a guy at my job was told to take down his playboy calendar) then, it should also apply to whatever may be sitting on your desk.

    Just as in this case, something could misconstrued as something else. So, why even have the headache. Just remove it bruh.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think it's inappropriate for a professional office setting even it it's not racist.

    People need to keep their personal lives at home.

  • Dowoop

    Did he just say "I collect them" or "they are Walking Dead figurines that he collects"? I wouldn't have looked at that and guessed walking dead and I pbly would be offended until it was explained to me.

  • RudyHuxtable

    Wow! I thought it was her brother and husband. I did not know they ate her child. Im going to update my post above.

  • RudyHuxtable

    It's a good show. Don't take it to heart. I don't see it as that. Other instances I may but not this one.

  • Evillene

    Agreed. I knew what it was right away but still think it was inappropriate, not just for a workplace but particularly for a space frequented by CLIENTS and CUSTOMERS. No everyone is familiar with "the Walking Dead" and that figurine is gruesome.

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Exactly

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    EXACTLY!!!!

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Right

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    He knew what he was doing he got the rise he sought after.

  • the guest

    The figurine is a character from a show but the employee is being facetious with his display of the figurine at work.

    Anyone unfamiliar with the TV show, clearly sees a shirtless bloody black man with a noose around his neck.

    The employees smug and coy response to the customer’s offense demonstrates how skilled the employee is at covert racism. “In what way?”, he knew exactly which way she was offended.

    His employer cannot reprimand him because it is a character from a show and the employer can not assume racist intent. But the employer can deem the figurine to be graphically violent and inappropriate for the workplace.

  • freelancepimp .

    I am somewhat leaning this way.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I don't watch the show so thanks for explaining it. The fuss all seems a bit silly now.

  • Joy King

    Get that mess off your desk. If you have to explain it to a customer, it doesn't need to be there. Who cares If it's based off a character on a show. it's offensive and there's no reason for it to be at the workplace. You're basically letting everyone know, in your twisted mind, you like to see black men in a chain with blood coming out. Keep your dark side at home. People need to learn to utilize common sense.

  • CopperCutie

    Yeah, but we KNOW that's not why he had it at his desk!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    In what way?

    Glad he got up & went to find the manager. Insulating question.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Exactly.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Okay

  • bella28498 .

    This figurine has no purpose in the work place. What you do in your private life for entertainment should stay outside of the work place, simply put it’s unprofessional.

  • Quitedeliteful

    If I had seen this on his desk I wouldn't have wanted to do business with him at all. As a professional he should have known better and if he didn't he's an idiot. Save your 'toys' for your desk at home.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Snicker...

  • MissHarlem

    Ugh annoying

  • Sandyb1117

    There's a woman here in Florida who put a confederate flag on her desk at work. The reason that she got fired and cant sue is that she put it on her desk the day after the election and told HR she had a right to put it there now because she's fighting for her rights. Some of these people are doing too much. I don't understand why this person at the bank decided to put it there knowing it would offend people and they could possibly lose their job.

  • Mints

    Could it have been on purpose? Its possible but heres what we dont know...

    Where there other dolls at his desk?
    Does this guy have other Walking Dead memorabilia at his desk?
    Are Black people the only people serviced at this bank?
    Was it a gift from a coworker?
    How long has been on his desk?
    If he has black coworkers, how do they feel about it?

    ANd oh yeah, its on the show and guess what...No CGI...its played by real black actors

    ANd trust, as a black man from the south, I know that racism is still prevalent but still we only know one side. But honestly, the fact that she would rather run and tell instead of standing tall and questioning that man if she felt a certain way bothers me. Its fight or flight...and she chose flight unknowingly imo. I mean, would she have been upset if she knew the figure was from the walking dead? We will never know

    But we can agree to disagree. Its all good

  • FukkFolks2018

    Are Black people the only people serviced at this bank?

    ^^^^
    We know this one. No. SECU is the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union. State employees and their families. So teachers, and anyone with a state of NC job.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Then You're still in chains... Chains does not represent slavery in this case for me... Sorry but.... But I live from a different creed ... Know and be aware of your triggers .... Helpful it will help you in the future ... If not stay chained to that wound...

  • Anji

    I'm a puppeteer in similar venues. This is offensive and is so open to abuse of a culture obviously not the artist's own.

  • 90’sBawdy

    Agreed!!!!

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Stacey Smith is an opportunist and a fool. I realized that was a Walker right away and I'm sure other Walking Dead fans knew it too.

  • Kayke

    I don't watch The walking dead so until I saw the explanation I was a bit offended. But with clarification, I don't see the problem. What I don't understand is if she was so offended closing her account is what she should've done, not complain to management. Way too much talk and not enough action in these situations....let your money do the talking and walking.

  • Kayke

    Her offense to it could've been toward death, zombies, amputees....that person did not automatically know what part of the doll offended her. "I'm offended, it looks like a lynching" would have put them on the samepage. She asked what the doll meant, not what it was....and if it had no meaning to him other than being an item he collects....he answered her question. .. ask the right question in order to get the right answer. She was emotional and expected someone without the intentions she assumed he had by having that doll, to know what she was saying and how she felt. Hence the "in what way?" She declined to elaborate on.

  • ImWoke

    It may be from the Walking Dead, but you should also view this from the perspective of people who do not watch the Walking Dead.

  • Kayke

    Tell that to 2 Chainz

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    I had to approve of these new stupid rules on disqus just to like your comment. Thank you! That was my first thought. What a reach ?

  • Tlowe89

    At first I was totally on her side but when I saw people saying it was a doll from the walking dead and googled it, I was like ohhhhh. Lol he’s a tv geek and truly meant no harm. He’s just a stan for the show. I honestly disagree with some people who are saying he should’ve elaborated more when he told her he collects them. What good what that have done. She probably still would’ve been mad and would’ve said when where are the white one or whatever, and that would’ve continued the argument. Don’t guilt him for being a walking dead stan/geek. I’m sure when she posted it online someone told her what it is from. If this were me I would’ve been like ohhh damn so I just showed up and showed out at my bank for no reason. Let me go apologize to this man and explain my oblivion to the show and where I was coming from

  • Enoughsaid2020

    People are always looking for something to be offended about. SMH!

  • http://www.beautyisland.org BeautyIsland.org

    Toys at work are a risk. If that were a poster it would still be offensive for the violent nature at best.

  • Jethro

    Not everyone watches 'The Walking Dead' and even if they did that shit's still inappropriate in a business setting. Certain people no longer use their brains now that Trump is president. It's just a privileged free-for-all out here.

  • speakinmymind

    MILLIONS watch the show and read the comics. Maybe "most" people YOU know don't watch the show. This bitch wanted to be offended then ran to Facebook. These needy dumbasses need to get off Facebook and get a damn life.

  • speakinmymind

    You are so close minded. Black people in chains does not represent universally represent slavery. That's YOUR opinion.

  • the guest

    Exact;y.

  • the guest

    That's my perspective on this too. I made similar comment up thread. The figurine is inappropriate for the workplace.

  • the guest

    But I think the employee intentionally displays to offend, but he can get away with saying it's a character from a show. A very slick racist he is.

  • the guest

    Thank you.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Exactly!

  • Bella Boss

    WOW

  • BOSS

    Bottom line, it’s not appropriate for a professional work setting!

  • kekeb

    Inexcusable. Period.

  • MS.BEE

    BLACK PEOPLE KEEP SOME FOOLERY GOING ON.......EVERYTHING IS NOT ABOUT RACE ESPECIALLY, IN THIS MANNER?

  • MS.BEE

    SO SHALL THE JEWS BE SENSITIVE OVER THE JESUS NAILED ON THE CROSS PICTURES MOST PEOPLE HAVE???

  • Carla Wahl

    I agree, I am a Walking Dead fan, but it didn't get the connection when I first seen the toy. I think if he would of taken the time to explain the toy and not answer her question with a question there may have been a different result.

  • blue skies

    who would want that disgusting looking thang anyhow

  • blue skies

    RIGHT!

  • blue skies

    lol ikr

  • Cali

    Is your skin brown??? Not sensitive at ALL. First, it's extremely unprofessional to have something of this nature on your WORK desk, thereby, ASSUMING ALL customers watch the WD. If I didn't know the show, I would have had a WTF moment too because YES, it appears to be a lynched-tortured black man that is Real in Black history and the present...

  • SpeshalGift

    Maybe when the employee asked in what way she should of explained herself and then he could of explained what the doll was. We are living in a time where we are offended over everything (but the right things) yet we never once think there may be an explanation or everything isnt always as it appears

  • ShWa

    At first glad one could mistake it for that so he really should remove it just to be more professional at work.

  • Hope Ushery

    don't compared this to no damn walking dead characters..tf