A woman said a jewelry appraizer at a Las Vegas casino told her she could have her jewelry appraised and asked her about her family, her jewelry and her race.
The woman, who asked not to be identified because she feared retaliation from the appraiser, said she told him she had been in the United States for two years and was considering buying a home.
“I was told it was the worst time to go out to buy jewelry,” she said.
“And then I was told by the appraisier that I should just wait.
And then I heard his voice.
He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to be sitting here for a couple of hours.’
I thought, What?
That’s the guy?”
She said she was surprised by the questions she was asked and then that the appraist would go into a casino room, turn off the lights and start yelling at her.
“He was just yelling and yelling, saying I was a racist,” she told ABC News.
“It just made me feel really uncomfortable.”
The woman said she left and went to a friend’s house.
She said the appraisers’ questions made her uncomfortable and she thought it was inappropriate.
She also said the jewelry appraisor, who was also her fiance, took pictures of her and took them to his website.
The appraiser told ABC affiliate KLAS that his business was being unfairly targeted.
“The fact that they’re making a statement, they’re doing a business, they want to take money, it’s not their business,” he said.
He said he would like to apologize to the woman for his comments and would work to restore her business.
He did not return ABC News’ calls seeking comment.