A DOG walker said he was shocked to be confronted by an angry woman who told him: “Go back to your own country.”
Munir Turkmen said he had been harmlessly walking his dog in a Bramley park when the stranger accosted him over the pet not being on a lead, before issuing the racial slur.
Police are now investigating the suspected hate crime, which happened near Laceby Close on Sunday.
Restaurant supervisor Mr Turkmen (55), who was born in Turkey, has lived in Rotherham for more than 30 years.
He said he was disgusted by the abuse, which he thinks may have followed the woman picking up his accent.
Mr Turkmen said he had followed the woman to a house in a nearby street, filming with his phone as he asked her why she had racially abused him and warning her he intended to call the police.
“I asked her to apologise and she just told me to ‘P*** off!’” he said.
“I asked if it was the first time she had done something like this.
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“I didn’t expect something like this to happen – I was just taking my dog for a walk.
“She seemed upset that the dog wasn’t on a lead but I said it didn’t need to be as it was an open space.
“She told me to ‘F*** off” and when I said it was upsetting she said: ‘Go back to your own country then!’
“I was gobsmacked and just shocked but she just walked away.”
Mr Turkmen said when the woman stopped outside a house where another woman answered the door, he had explained he had filmed her to identify her when he reported the incident and wanted her to apologise.
He said he would not be intimidated by the incident and had returned to exercise his dog at the same spot.
But he added: “My son is the head of equality where he works and when I told what had happened he was really upset.
“I have been in this country for 35 years and am a citizen of this country.
“I don’t know what made her say that – maybe it was my accent.
“She was in her late 60s so she should know better.
“When you live in this country for years, pay your taxes and don’t bother anyone to be spoken to like this is upsetting.
“The worrying part for me is knowing that I live this close to a openly racist person in a nice neighbourhood.
“I want to raise awareness about this kind of thing — that people think they can racially abuse someone in public.”
A police spokeswoman said they had received a report of a man being subjected to racial abuse while walking his dog at around 11.39am on Sunday.
“An unknown woman is believed to have shouted racial abuse towards him,” she said. “An investigation is underway and enquiries are ongoing.”