Husband of woman in viral video apologizes for her racist scene in Phoenix convenience store

PHOENIX - The husband of a woman who on a video grabbed a customer from a supermarket and told her to "go back to your country," says the encounter was unusual for his wife, and he was responsible for their racist insults sorry.
"I couldn't believe it," said Robert Harrian of the Republic of Arizona. "What she said was reprehensible ... I'm very, very sorry."
The video, first posted on Facebook by Greg Conn, who was in the Phoenix Store, has 20,000 shares, 12,000 responses, and almost 9,000 comments. It shows Tamara Harrian approaching a customer who checks out at the cash register and is identified as Karina Rodriguez in the mail. The gas station / supermarket was a shell in North Phoenix, according to the Facebook post.
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Tamara tells Rodriguez that she is not welcome in the store and must "return to your country" along with similar comments. As an exchange escalates between the women, Harrian can be seen grabbing Rodriguez by the arm. Rodriguez then hits her in the face.
Robert Harrian said he saw the video for the first time when a friend emailed him on Sunday morning. He says that he and his wife are not racist and that a mental illness can make them behave uncharacteristically.
Previously reported: Woman beats customer in the Phoenix store, who insulted her with racist language in viral videos
"I've been moved to tears a lot in the past few days," he said. "I tried to do my best to tell people what really happened, but the emails don't stop, the posts don't stop."
Tamara Harrian could not be reached for comment.
The husband's law firm falls on 1 star on Google
Robert Harrian owns the Harrian law firm in downtown Glendale, which he believes has received more than 1,000 negative reviews that have been posted online since the video went viral.
A former assistant told him that the law firm had two or three reviews before the video on the Internet infamy went up. Before some were removed, there were approximately 1,300 negative ones, he said.
Internet users were able to classify the law firm on the first page of Google as a public toilet and briefly change the main photo to a building with a sign that reads "CLOWN MOTEL" in capital letters.
After a video by Tamara Harrian went viral with racist insults, Internet users changed the Google list for her husband's law firm to a "clown motel" and a public restroom.
"Yesterday the phone lines were so busy that I couldn't get a call," said Harrian. "I received so many emails that our email crashed. When I opened it this morning, I had 300 emails."
He fears that his name will be associated with racism and that he will lose his job. He is unsure whether his law firm, which employs fewer than 10 people, will survive.
Robert said he and his wife have been members of their church for decades and see the importance of diversity.
"I don't have a racist bone in my body," he said. "I'm very, very sorry for what happened ... what my wife said and did and this whole scene. I'm very sorry."
'I was born in America'
The video went viral over the weekend when Conn posted it on Facebook.
It has been shared by hundreds of Twitter accounts since then.
The fight started when Tamara came to the supermarket and "yelled at the clerk to ask another clerk to help him because the line was getting long," says Conn's post. When another employee came to the cash register, the white woman asked Rodriguez to check out, his post says.
When Conn was filming the interaction on his cell phone, Tamara came up to him and said, "You have to go, you're not part of it" before returning to Rodriguez and asking where she was born.
"I was born in America, b ---- where do your ancestors come from?" Rodriguez answers. When Rodriguez and a man take her bag from the till and go to the door, Tamara tells Rodriguez that she will be returning to Mexico, grabs her arm and asks Rodriguez to keep your hands off me.
Rodriguez then hits her in the face.
"I think you deserve it," Conn says to the white woman as she leaves.
The video doesn't clearly show whether Rodriguez touched the woman in any way, as she claimed, but it is clear that the woman repeatedly insulted Rodriguez racially when she checked out and requested that the clerk not serve her before doing things physically were.
"Racism is alive and well," Conn wrote in his Facebook post.
Rodriguez was not immediately available for comment.
None of the people involved in the matter contacted the Phoenix Police Department, Sgt. Ann Justus said in an email.
Follow Joshua Bowling on Twitter @MrJoshuaBowling.
This article originally appeared in Arizona Republic: husband of an Arizona woman who was beaten into a video. Sorry for racist insults

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