An Oklahoma woman is feeling anything but welcomed after she reports being kicked out of church for “weed” when, in fact, the green substance at issue was just cilantro.
In a recently posted TikTok video, which has since gone viral and is believed to be from the woman, she says she’s not looking to cause a fuss or gather sympathy. She’s just ticked that she was kicked out before any check was done to ensure the claim was, in fact, accurate.
“They didn’t even let me explain! They automatically just accused me!! Not looking for people to feel bad for us just wanted to share!” notes the header of the video that currently shows 560,200 likes and 11,700 shares.
“That’s not weed,” a woman is heard saying, before adding what sounds like, “that’s for the menudo (a traditional stew from the Philippines). Ask anyone in there.”
She later says to someone asking her to leave. “I’m not like that. That’s why I’m so mad,” she says, telling the person that she will leave, but asks them to smell it just to confirm it’s not drugs.
A man identifying himself as the pastor then asks her to pause so the two can discuss the matter.
The woman, who has grown upset, starts to cry before the video, reportedly at Redemption United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, ends.
According to Newsweek, “it’s not until the pastor came into view and asked Ashley to ‘chill’ so he could finish his sermon that the comments section went wild in the TikToker’s defence.”
In an interview with KOCO News, the woman reportedly said that she brought Menudo in a plastic bag with all the fixings, including onion, lime, cilantro and oregano. She and her sister planned to eat the meal at the church, as they had done before.
A church statement acknowledges the Nov. 14 incident involved “a person who was upset because the staff did not allow her to give a bag of food to a family member who is an inmate attending church services,” KOCO News reports.
The church is involved in a program that allows inmates to attend service. That said, inmates “are not allowed to give food items to the inmates to take back to correctional facilities,” it adds.
Medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma, but recreational cannabis is not.
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