Albuquerque gas station patron forced to urinate in bucket

Published On: Mar 05 2013 09:04:28 AM HST

A diabetic man said he had no choice but to urinate in front of customers at a convenience store after being denied access to the store's restroom.

Mark Jackson said he was a victim of racism.

Jackson said a fact of life as a diabetic is that when he has to use the restroom, he has to go to keep his blood-sugar level normal.

"I'm diabetic, and my sugar was high," he said. "When my sugar is high, I have to go to the bathroom."

The 49-year-old told KOAT that on the night of Feb. 5 he was at the Circle K at the corner of Central Avenue and Wyoming Boulevard when he was denied access to the store's restroom because of his race.

Jackson claims the clerk told him, "because you're big, black and intimidating we can refuse you service, we can refuse service to anybody."

Jackson said he didn't have time to argue with the clerk.

"My choice was to urinate on myself, go outside or use the bucket," he said. "And I used the bucket because they refused to open up the restroom."

Jackson relieved himself in a mop bucket in front of customers while the clerks called 911.

"I explained to them (police) the situation and the signs that they're supposed to open it up," Jackson said.

Police told Action 7 News they responded to the 911 call but decided not to file a report. The management at the Circle K declined to comment and told the news crew to get off their property. Action 7 News asked Circle K's corporate headquarters and they have not responded.

Jackson said he is considering hiring an attorney and pressing charges against Circle K.


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