A Boston couple claims they were racially discriminated by a South Shore real estate agent during an open house event.
“I didn’t know what to think, I’ve never had anyone treat me like this before,” Robyn Thompson said.
Thompson told Boston 25 News about an incident that took place during a Marshfield open house last Friday. Thompson recently learned that a house that once belonged to her family is back on the market. On Friday, Thompson, her husband Duong An, and their kids ages 6 and 3, stopped by the house on their way to a camping trip to see if she could get the house back into the family. But Thompson and her husband say real estate agent Kristen Dewey treated them poorly and things quickly went from bad to worse.
“From the first time we walked in, she was escalating things,” Duong An said.
The couple says things reached a breaking point when the agent who followed them through the house criticized them for being critical of a light fixture.
“You go into a store, they think you are about to steal something? I feel a little bit like that, she kept on following,” Duong An said.
Eventually, the couple said Dewey asked them to leave and she threatened to call the police. Thompson said she thinks that threat was racially motivated.
“I didn’t [think that] until she threatened to call the police,” Thompson said. “I couldn’t see her doing that to anybody else, that was not [my] complexion.”
Kristen Dewey issued a statement through her publicist that said in part:
“I’m disheartened by any accusation that I would discriminate, […] in my 15+ years of real estate experience, I’ve never had a single complaint – ever. Any implication of me being a racist is not true.”
In the Statement, Dewey denies she threatened to call the police and said it was the family who suggested it, but she did not. She said that, on the day of the open house, she was trying to keep things moving because of COVID-19 protocols. While Dewey admits she suggested she might call police, she did not. In fact, she says she would like to sit down with the couple and talk to them in person to apologize.
Thompson and her family feel so strongly about what happened, they were considering filing a civil rights violation complaint with the State Attorney General. The MA Attorney General’s office confirmed it received the complaint and is investigating. The Office said housing complaints usually are referred to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. If MCAD finds in favor of Robyn Thompson, under state law, a judgement could include damages, litigation cost, attorneys’ fees and potential civil penalties against the defendant, not to exceed $5,000.
Statement from Dewey:
The residence was previously owned by the grandparents of Robyn Thompson (the Martin family), for which another Martin family member, who attended the open house the day prior, indicated was emotional for her. Due to COVID-19, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the homeowner, the agents, and the prospective buyers, we have instituted protocols on flow, amount of time in the house, and number of occupants during an open house. Following that protocol, I asked Robyn Thompson and Duong An not to linger and to follow the flow. In addition, I requested they not make loud negative comments about the current state of the home which could be heard by other prospective buyers. After I made these requests, the situation escalated, and I ultimately suggested that if they didn’t follow protocol that they would have to leave. At that point they, not I, suggested I call the cops, and I did not.
Having worked in this business for many years and understanding the emotional attachment to a home, I felt the need to call Duong An after the open house and apologize for how the situation ended and invited them to a private appointment so they could take their time viewing the property. He apologized for how the situation escalated as well. Any implication of me being a racist is not true. I am extending an invitation to Robyn and Duong to meet with me in person so that can I apologize for how the situation ended.
Translation – the realtor politely asked you not to do something, you did it anyway, told her to call the cops, and then called her what has quickly become a racial slur for white women because you didn’t like being told what to do.
A lot of people have messaged about this story and vouched for Kristen Dewey. She’s got a thin blue line symbol outside of her office which makes her a target. My gut instinct is to assume stories like this are either lies or grossly exaggerated, because they almost always are. The first thing I do is go to their Facebook pages to see if they’ve been posting tons of shit about BLM, and right on cue Robyn’s page was filled with posts about getting paid reparations…
Complaints about how Pierce Middle School in Brookline (where she is employed as an art teacher) wasn’t doing enough for black teachers….
Relishing in cancel culture because some people don’t like lockdowns and riotings….
Complaining about white privilege…
Telling people not to listen to influential black women because they say things that goes against BLM propaganda….
And complaining about how she’s “not OK” because a guy she doesn’t know was killed by a rogue cop in Minneapolis.
Gee whiz, what are the odds that the chick who cried racism and is now trying to get a payday out of it would be a loud mouthed black lives matter activist? It’s weird how the people who fall “victim” to hate crimes like this always have that in common.
This poor oppressed woman whose husband is an attorney just can’t catch a break these days. Despite the fact that she’s been paid not to work for the last 5 months, her husband is an attorney, she claims to own multiple properties, and they have the cash to purchase an “investment property” in a well off south shore beach town, she’s still a victim.
Meanwhile the realtor who appears to have done nothing wrong has to deal with a bullshit complaint to the MCAD which she’ll have to hire a lawyer for. Even worse – she’s being publicly smeared as a racist. And when that happens the mob comes after you.
After getting all of their information from a Facebook post.
Robyn with a Y is quite proud of herself.
And she suddenly knows that the real estate agent’s brother is a cop.
Which I’m sure totally isn’t influencing her behavior at all.
The people who do this are the lowest of the low. They know damn well that there’s nothing more damaging to a person’s career than being labeled as a racist. Just look at the Google reviews already. All bullshit coming from a one sided story that none of them witnessed. That affects where you come up on search engines which could potentially cost her clients. But they have no problem doing just that in their pursuit of victimhood. We’ll keep calling these assholes out one by one though, because someone has to be a voice for the victims of these witch hunts.
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