04 Oct National Grid employee fired after Belmont bumper sticker c…
National Grid has fired the employee who confronted a Belmont woman earlier this week about the bumper stickers on her SUV while wearing a Trump 2020 hat, a company spokesperson said Friday.
The scene was captured on video Monday by the woman involved, Jessie Bennett, who reported the incident to the company.
The worker, who has not been identified, can be seen driving a National Grid van before stopping when spotting Bennett’s bumper sticker-emblazoned Subaru and backing up behind the vehicle.
The stickers support various causes, from LGBTQ family equality to national parks and Elizabeth Warren.
The employee then blasted his horn and blared a talk radio station until Bennett approached him. He later told her, “I just hate all of your (expletive) on your car.”
— Boston 25 News (@boston25) October 4, 2019
On Friday, National Grid spokeswoman Christine Milligan said in a statement to Boston.com the worker was on duty at the time and is no longer with the company after it conducted a review of the incident:
“We at National Grid were deeply concerned earlier this week upon learning from one of our customers in Belmont, Massachusetts, of a troubling exchange she had with an on-duty National Grid employee. Upon learning of the incident, we reviewed the video evidence, apologized to the customer for what she experienced and, as of today, the worker in the video is no longer an employee of National Grid. Our strong commitment at National Grid to inclusion and diversity includes demonstrating respect at all times to one another as fellow human beings.”
Bennett told Boston 25 News she reported what happened to local police because she was concerned about the safety of other people.
“It was coming from such a place of anger, so it was really intimidating,” she said.
Video of the confrontation shows Bennett asking the worker for his name and why he was behaving that way.
“I don’t have any idea what you are talking about,” the man responds.
Bennett told the news station the employee said he disagreed with “the things on the back of my car, and he thought that we were what was wrong with the country.”
She said Belmont police were looking into the incident.