“Cornerstore Caroline” Lied

FLATBUSH – A video titled “Cornerstore Caroline” that documents an incident that took place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Flatbush, has gone viral. It shows a white woman calling the cops on a black child saying he sexually assaulted her. She said she was a cop.

We checked. She never called the cops. She is not a cop. The kid did not assault her. So what exactly just happened in Flatbush?

*Make this go viral*Meet Cornerstore CarolineWhite Woman calls police on a kid, saying he sexually assaulted her.As I walked up I noticed the argument, apparently the kid brushed up against her and she said he touched her and decided to call police on a nine year old child. As you can see the kid is crying and the mom is upset.

Posted by Jason Stovetop Littlejohn on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The woman has been identified as Teresa Sue Klein. In the video, she is standing outside Sahara Deli Market on Albermarle Rd. between Flatbush Avenue and East 21st Street. She is on the phone saying, “I want the cops here right now.”

“Her son grabbed my ass,” she said on the phone to “cops.” Meanwhile, the child can be heard crying out loud while his mom calms him down.

“I just was sexually assaulted by a child,” she said. Bystanders can be heard yelling at the woman asking her why she’s calling the cops on a kid.

A surveillance video from the store, as reported by the NY Post, shows that the boy was carrying a shopping bag from Cookie’s (which is right across the street from the bodega). The bag appeared to have brushed against Klein as he was walking by. That’s it.

NYPD told us that there have been no 911 calls made by the name Teresa Klein. In fact, they say, there have been no 911 calls made from that location for the entire month.

In the video, she claims to be a cop. The NYPD says there is no officer by that name. Impersonating a cop is a felony, though we have heard of no charges being pursued because of this.

Klein lists her address and phone number during the phone call. While the phone number appears to be no longer in service, the super confirmed that Klein indeed lives there. Why would a neighbor want to do something like this to another neighbor? To subject a child to a horrific experience like that?

“Calling the authorities on innocent children puts unnecessary pressure on an already stretched police force, puts young people needlessly at risk for altercations with law enforcement, and instills fear, terror, anguish, and distrust in our communities,” Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said. “I expect this situation to be handled in an appropriate and professional manner.”

This is not the first time a white person has called the cops on a person of color, including in Brooklyn.

In May, a woman called the police on a black family barbequing on a lake in California. Also in May, a white neighbor called the cops saying three black men were burglars in Oakland.  The men were Airbnb guests. Then there was that Pennsylvania Starbucks episode that resulted in Starbucks closing all its branches nationwide for racial bias training (and us making a list of 37 black-owned coffee shops in Brooklyn you can patronize instead). 

More recently Senator Jessie Hamilton had some strong words to say about being called 911 on for essentially – campaigning while black. He also introduced a bill that will make calling the police on innocent black people a hate crime.

“What’s worse is that my story is typical: in the past few months, we’ve heard too many stories of people calling the police on black people for engaging in everyday, normal activities like sitting in a Starbucks, barbequing in a park, even for sleeping in a university common room,” Hamilton said. “The domino effect that ensues from a racially-biased 911 call is a costly one, from the financial resources from 911 operators to the protocol police officers must then follow.”

“These incidents are part of a history of racism and profiling in this country where 911 and the police are used as weapons to exclude black people from white spaces. And the consequences amount to more than just exclusion: far too many black people have died at the hands of police officers, from Tamir Rice to Eric Garner, to Rekia Boyd.”

“This excessive response to everyday behavior risks arrest, incarceration, and death: generations of black lives pay the ultimate cost.”

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Zainab Iqbal

Zainab is a staff reporter at Bklyner who sometimes writes poetry in her free time || zainab@bklyner.com


  1. Not in regards to this particular case, but in general- can I ask why exactly only calls against innocent black people are to be considered hate crime? What’s up with all other races? Is that ok to call a police on innocent Latino or Asian or white? And also, “this is not the first time a white person has called the police on a person of color”- what did I just read? It’s like duhhh, it happens. It happens with whites, blacks and etc- dear author, why stating the obvious? Haven’t you ever called the police at all? And also, now in regards to this case, yes, lady is legit not ok in the head- BUT- why again it becomes a question of color and not a question of actual wrong doing of a particular person? If the white kid was traumatized the same way by a black woman, should it have been considered less of a crime? Why- why- and why this stupidity is happening?

  2. I don’t know any of the people involved in this story. It sounds like a matter for the police to investigate. But in a country where the President of the United States says that women who report sexual assault to the police are automatically liars, the framing of this story is unhelpful, as is the joking tone. Printing a video and the name of the alleged victim in an act of public shaming is also deeply disturbing.

  3. She sounds less like a Cornerstore Caroline than a Mentally Ill Millie. She needs meds, not diversity training.

  4. @Marina@Heather- That woman is not the victim and she should be shamed and ashamed!!! That little boy will never be the same after this incident as so many of us aren’t after similar ones.It’s common sense….. it should be considered a hate crime when white people epidemically call police on innocent black people or cry wolf because it can easily result in death. The most infamous case being Emmitt Till. Don’t you know what country you’re in….?!! The list is too long and the crimes too egregious for me to document here, but do a little research and look into how many times black lives are lost from “seemingly” common calls to police about suspect behavior….or rather “suspect blackness”. Even when black people call for help from police, lives are often lost…..hence, black lives matter, etc. Please do some research since obviously you’re not affected in the same way we are by these behaviors, but the entitled ignorance from your line of questions is what’s most problematic. If we weren’t dying in droves because of dumb shit like this, do you think we’d still be this upset when it NEVER stops?!
    What you have is a group of ( societally) dominant white people who are historically socialized to “believe” they’re being victimized, who in turn ”literally” victimize….. and due to the entitlement afforded white skin and the inherent bias against dark skin, we often and historically have a veritable shit show of deadly consequences!

  5. Wait–she DIDN’T call the cops (no 911 calls from that phone and no record of the woman) but she wanted to throw a scare into the kid and his mother and pretended to call–because she thought a bag brushing against her was a kid’s hand? Lady, you need better meds and should pay for that kid’s therapy. But it’s worth pointing out that she apparently did NOT call the cops so the only danger was to herself. I’d probably have spit on her.

  6. I am confused why you say multiple times not to call the cops as a light thing in this article, but then you say she didn’t actually call the cops and mock her for that?

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