Saudi Woman Spits at Walmart Shoppers

...and gets charged with hate crime over Florida incident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2011 4:14 AM CDT
Al-Douifi was jailed on a $6,000 bond.   (Brevard County Jail)

(Newser) – Spitting on Walmart shoppers in Florida has earned a Saudi woman a battery charge with a hate crime enhancement. One woman says Nuha Mohammed Al-Doaifi spat in her face when she told her she was trying to enter the store via an exit door. Witnesses say the Saudi spat at several more customers inside. The 21-year-old woman told police the spitting was because "Americans are pushing us around."

"Her actions were directed at random people based on their ethnicity, and that's according to her own statement," a police spokeswoman tells USA Today. Al-Doaifi had been studying at Florida Tech until earlier this year. The school had initiated procedures to have her sent back to Saudi Arabia after she spat at a professor, according to police.

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