A woman using Twitter to express frustration over being forced to buy her own groceries after being told she can no longer use her phones was targeted with harassment on Tuesday.
Rachel Gervais, of San Diego, posted a photo of herself wearing an iPhone 5S to Twitter with the caption, “I’m tired of being reminded I can no go to my grocery store.
I can only go to @mygrocery.”
She continued, “You know, I don’t even know what the term ‘retailer’ means.
I think it’s just an acronym for ‘store’ but I guess it’s not really.
I guess you could say it’s a retail location, a grocery store, or maybe even a convenience store.
So, I think you could call it a store and it’s like the retail equivalent of a grocery.
So I feel like I’m being told by my own social media account that I’m not allowed to be here anymore.
And it’s really kind of a sad situation.”
Gervais’ message prompted another user to say, “Hey, that’s just the internet.”
Another user, @dont_make_me_go_to_the_groc, replied, “Well, this is what you get for asking your own mom for permission.”
Gavaris response was met with a number of negative responses from [email protected] posted, “Why can’t I just buy a new iPhone at the grocery?
If I can, then why can’t you?”
Others posted that she was being “bullied” and that she shouldn’t be complaining about being treated as an outsider.
Gervaris responded, “That’s just your opinion.
I don ‘t give a shit.
She also wrote that she has never been harassed in her life and added that she’s “never really been targeted.”
“I’m not going to sit there and complain because I’m so tired of it.
It’s not fair.
I’ve been told I’m going to the store to get my groceries for months now.
I got a call from my mom last night, and she told me I had to go,” she wrote.
Gavares father also told her that she needed to get a new job and not buy groceries.
“I have a job.
It isn’t a good one,” she added.
Gevaris said that she had not been able to get the phone number of a local convenience store to call because the store was out of service.
“It’s been three days.
I haven’t had my phone number,” she said.
She added that if she had gotten a phone number she would have been able a call the store but “I haven’t gotten one.”
“It’s not that I can call.
I just don’t know where to get one,” Gavaris added.
“And, you know, that really upset me because I have a great job, but I don “t know how I’m ever going to pay my bills.
I want to work.
I work in a restaurant.
I have kids, and I have two kids.
“She added, “If I can just go back to the way things used to be and I can make some money I’m totally okay with it.