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Police: North Carolina man used slur, threatened to shoot fast-food worker

A North Carolina man used a racial slur and threatened to shoot a juvenile employee at a fast-food restaurant, police said Tuesday.

The Hickory Police Department says in a news release on Tuesday that 53-year-old Jimmy Mott of Newton called the management at the local Zaxby’s to complain after leaving the drive-through, using the slur and threatening to shoot the worker he had dealt with as he ordered food on Sunday.

The news release didn’t reveal the juvenile worker’s identity or his age.

Mott turned himself into police, who charged him with ethnic intimidation. Mott was given a $1,500 unsecured bond and it’s not known if he has an attorney.

Ethnic intimidation in North Carolina is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It prohibits assaulting or threatening a person, or damaging their property because of their race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin. It can carry a jail sentence of up to 120 days and a fine determined to be appropriate by a judge.

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