Editor’s note: This story contains racist epithets that could be offensive to some readers.
On June 13, Iris Mejia was trying to take a nap. She had called out of work because she felt sick and wanted to get some rest from the daily duties of running her salon, Beauty Bar Orlando in Florida.
But rest wasn’t in the cards.
“My phone was just going off and wouldn’t stop ringing,” she said. “So I finally grabbed it and somebody was cursing me out, so I hung up, thinking it was the wrong number.”
Immediately, the phone rang again. Mejia estimated that over the next week she got at least 700 phone calls from strangers. In the calls she picked up, people swore at her and called her racist. That would be the least severe harassment she would endure.
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