Edgewater CVS manager, Morry Matson, who called police on Camilla Hudson last week for presenting a coupon he deemed counterfeit was fired by the company yesterday. Another manager, who was unidentified, was also fired.
“We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health,” Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS Health, said in an email.
According to Chicago police, Matson called 911 claiming an assault was in progress. CVS apologized to Hudson. The 53-year-old woman stopped into an Edgewater CVS near Chicago, Illinois, to buy a drink. When she presented her coupon, the manager accused of her presenting a counterfeit coupon. Hudson disputed his claim and he called the police.
Hudson recorded the call showing the manager, Matson, visibly shaking as he is giving information to 9-1-1. According to published reports, Matson was a delegate for Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign and is running for alderman of the 48th Ward on Chicago’s Far North Side.
“He was nasty, he was unprofessional, he was dismissive, he was accusatory,” Hudson told Block Club. “His entire tone and demeanor was offensive and problematic.”
Hudson said she filmed the call because of the rash of white people calling police on innocent black people.
“I think it’s resonating because we see and we hear these things, and even though … for me, as a black woman, I know this is real — you’re never really expecting it,” Hudson told Block Club Chicago. “In Charlottesville, that’s where you expect these things to happen. Not when you turn randomly into the CVS at 11:30 p.m.”
CVS has apologized to Hudson and is investigation Matson’s actions.