A furniture store owner in Mississippi is unapologetic after admitting to a Memphis TV reporter that he used a racial slur during an incident at his business.

Video obtained by WREG shows the owner of Hometown Furniture in Southaven yelling racial slurs at black customers on Saturday. Another customer recorded the video.

Witnesses said furniture store owner, Terry Pace, cursed and used the n-word.

“I couldn’t believe it. You hear people on TV saying these things, but to hear it in person just so aggressively was really off-putting,” witness James Mayes said.

The store was closed Monday, so WREG went to Pace’s home.

Pace admitted on camera to using the n-word but says he was provoked, attacked and left with a black eye. According to WREG, Southaven police were called to the store, but no report was filed.

“I did what I felt like was right. You weren’t there. You didn’t hear it. You didn’t hear all the stuff I heard. I called the n-word when it was over with. When it was all over with, and they kept mouthing off to me. Yes m’am I used the n-word,” Pace admitted.

People who work near Pace’s business said this isn’t the first time he’s made offensive comments.

“He was like, ‘No. I don’t finance, because the only people that want to get furniture financed is the colored. And they don’t pay their bills.’ Yes. This is what he told me, and I let that go,” business owner Marvin Clark said.

The property manager for the business complex Radhya Spencer said they’ve received numerous complaints about Pace, and he’s only been at the location for two months. They’re hoping this incident doesn’t push customers away.

Spencer said the lease on the furniture store is up next month, and they won’t renew.

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