A Polish woman filmed a man who she says launched a 'racist attack' against her
The woman, named only as Marta, was shopping in a Stevenage branch of the supermarket when a man told her to “go back” to her country.
Capturing part of the interaction on her mobile phone, which took place on January 18, Marta challenged the man to repeat what he had said to her.
He mutters, “Just go back” and attempts to walk away but when the woman complains to a member of staff about the “racist man”, he turns around and shouts, “Freedom of speech”.
Marta said: "I had just met my friend in the supermarket and we were having a conversation.
The man defended his comments as 'freedom of speech'
"This man passed by us and suddenly said: 'Start speaking English'.
"I said: 'Excuse me?'
"He then swore at me twice and told me to go back to my country, making an offensive comment about me being Polish.
"I asked him: 'What's your problem?
"'Would you like to ask anything else about my country?'
"He said: 'Just go back'."
The furious mum-of-two added: "I called for the manager and told them what was happening and my husband came over.
The attack took place in Aldi, Stevanage
"And then he stopped shouting at us, but he carried on saying things under his breath."
Marta, an assistant restaurant manager, went to school in London and then spend time in Poland before returning to the UK to work.
She said the incident is the first time during the five-and-a-half years she has spent living in Stevenage, that she has been abused.
She said: "He can think whatever he wants, but he can't upset my family and my children.
"Maybe he's quite scared and upset with everything happening with Brexit , making it easier for small-minded people to think such things."
She said: "I've worked hard here and have a good job.
"We want to live here because we really like this country and like the freedom of this country."