When Jessica Richardson and her husband headed to a lake on Sunday with their dog and a picnic lunch in tow, they didn’t expect any trouble. However, when a white female campground manager spotted them crossing through the campground, she drew a gun and asked them to leave after finding out that they didn’t have camping reservations.
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The incident took place at the Starkville, Mississippi, Kampgrounds of America, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Richardson and her husband – both of whom are black – wanted to spend the day by Oktibbeha County Lake, which borders the property.
Richardson says they were told that they could enter the campground. However, when the white female manager spotted them, she wasn’t welcoming.
After arriving in her truck, the older white woman found out that the couple didn’t have a reservation and approached them with her gun drawn. Since the situation had escalated quickly, Richardson began filming the encounter.
“This lady just pulled a gun because we out here and don’t have reservations,” Richardson says while recording the incident.
“The only thing you had to tell us was to leave, we would have left,” she adds. “You didn’t have to pull a gun.”
“Well I’m just telling you you need to leave because it’s under private ownership,” the white woman replies.
“You can’t be out here.”
The manager does eventually put the gun in her pocket as she continues to speak with the couple.
Richardson posted the video on Facebook. “Racism is alive and well!!” she wrote in the message before describing the encounter.
“Today was a beautiful day so my husband (who’s a vet), our 2 year old dog, and myself, decided to Google a lake to visit and have a picnic,” said Richardson in the post. “We found a lake located in starkville, ms and decided to visit.”
“Not five mins later a truck pulls up and a white lady screams at us, she then jumps out of her truck with a Gun. And proceeded to point it at the 3 of us, simply because we didnt make reservations.”
“After leaving my husband stopped by the office and talked with her husband (they’re the property managers),” she added. “The husband tells my husband that reservations aren’t needed for the lake. This happened In Starkville,Ms.”
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) investigated the incident after learning of it.
“KOA Inc. is aware of the situation that occurred Sunday, May 26th at the KOA franchise in Starkville, Mississippi,” the company said in a statement. “KOA is currently looking into the matter and reaching out to all of the parties involved.”
“Kampgrounds of America prides itself on providing a welcoming, safe environment for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.” The company later confirmed that the manager in the video was fired for her actions.