ALBANY – Maurice Rucker will not put on an orange apron at the home depot.
Rucker says he will hand over Home Depot's offer to give him back his work after news of his termination Tuesday caused a public backlash for confronting a racist client.
He said that part of his decision is economic: his $ 12.78 hourly wage is more appropriate for teens in their first jobs, not 60-year-old men
but he also doubts the sincerity of Home Depot. "They are not really responding to my situation, they are responding to the reaction of the community and to the reaction of the press to my situation."
"I know hundreds of people who say that they will cut off their Home Depot credit card and more, meaning they will never shop there again," he said Sunday.
Rucker was fired from his job at the Home Depot on Central Avenue on July 12, after he had left his cashier to call a customer who was racist
Rucker, who was on the phone in a booth in the garden center talking on the phone, said he was initially confused when he said that the customer had moved his car to another stall and began to complain loudly.
"It's slow, it's slow," the man said repeatedly about Rucker.
When Rucker told the man to leash his dog, the answer was angry.
"You're from the ghetto," he said, the man who was white. "What do you know?"
According to Rucker, the man told him he would not have a job if President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, was a Muslim who did not know what he was doing and hurled various abusive language.
Completely exhausted, Rucker finally left his stall, approached the man, demanded that he leave the store, and added, "You're lucky I'm at work, because if it were me, you would not Talking to me. "
Five days after the exchange, Home Depot told Rucker that he was fired for dealing with the situation, and Times Union columnist Chris Churchill reported in the Times Union on Thursday about Rucker's story.  The reaction was immediate as people outraged their outrage on social media in Home Depot, contacted the Central Avenue store and sent company emails, and the company returned on Friday.
"We have We've seen this again and we're offering Maurice his job, "wrote Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes in an email.
Rucker, who lives in a studio apartment in Albany, had worked at Home Depot for 10 years started in egg He then worked for the company in Vermont before moving to its Central Avenue site seven years ago.
His hourly wage when he started with the big boxing hardware chain: $ 12. His salary was $ 12.78 when he was released.
At the moment, Rucker tries to pay his bills by driving to Lyft.
But he said he knows he needs something that pays better wages. He has received several job offers, many of them in retail. On Tuesday, he has a job interview with Albany County General Manager, Daniel McCoy, who answered the news.
He said he was grateful for the public support.
As for the unidentified customer, things in motion, said Rucker:
"This guy is just an asshole using Trump as his reason to attack me – as if, if Donald Trump was not president, I would not Job would have, "he said. 19659003] "I had a job at Home Depot, when Trump was just the problem of New York City, not the problem of the whole country."