A Missouri pastor who mocked an overweight woman being towed by Good Samaritan in a truck has apologized after public outrage.
Kansas City pastor Lamond Rushing, of Faith Worship Family Center, saw Becky Kittrell hitch her wheelchair to a Toyota Tundra after her wheelchair had broken down. He filmed her on his smartphone and posted the footage on Facebook, deriding the woman.
Kittrell told WDAF that the battery died on her wheelchair and she was left freezing outside until a kind stranger helped her.
“If I get stuck for a period of time and stuff, I get so cold I’ll be like, ‘I have to get home’,” says Kittrell. “That’s all the thing, I just needed, just somebody to help me.”
The woman says she’s grateful to the Good Samaritan who assisted her on that cold day.
“They were nice and they did everything they could do for me and stuff, and I thanked them for doing it for me,” she explained.
However, Rushing happened to capture the moment on camera and used it as an opportunity to ridicule her, according to WDAF.
In the video, Rushing can be heard saying, “Only in Kansas City. Only in Kansas City. Do y’all see this right here?”
Some comments called Rushing out for cyber-bullying Kittrell, but many others derided the woman.
The video has been shared over 11,000 times, according to Daily Mail. Although Kittrell doesn’t have Facebook, the video eventually found its way to her son, who shared it with her.
Kittrell says that Rushing should have helped, instead of filmed her.
“He should have just came and asked me something, if I needed some help or something,” she said.
“When I read the comments, I saw then. I saw then, but I didn’t mean no harm in that,” says Rushing.
When asked if he’ll take the video down, the pastor promised he would and later kept his word. Now, Rushing has offered an official apology.
“I would apologize from the bottom of my heart. I would never ever intend to try to make fun of her or anything like that. That’s what I would apologize,” he said.
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