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San Antonians defend ‘Only on West Commerce' woman seen in viral video

Facebook user says woman seen straightening hair in video is homeless

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonians are coming to the defense of a local woman seen in a viral video straightening her hair in front of a West Commerce Street Pik-Nik store.

The video was shared to Facebook Sunday evening and has since gained more than 93,000 views and been shared more than 2,100 times.

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The viral video prompted mixed emotions after being shared by a local media outlet, with some viewers commenting on the original post: “I want to laugh so bad but I think (sic) don’t judge, maybe she (sic) homeless and getting ready for work… don’t judge what you don’t know fact…”

In the 8-second video, the unidentified woman is seen using the West Side store’s power outlet for her flat iron to straighten her hair, using the store’s windows for her reflection.

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According to one Facebook user who allegedly knows her, the woman is actually a 16-year-old girl who’s “doing bad” and “homeless and hooked on drugs (sic) really bad now.”

“I think it’s demeaning to mock people, especially not thoughtful to recognize the area in this mockery as it is offensive to people from that side of town,” one user responded. 

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Despite some users wondering “how the heck did she connect” the flat iron, and others joking “Only on West Commerce,” one user shared on Facebook: “At list (sic) is trying to look good an (sic) minding her business … until someone has to take a video for there (sic) satisfaction and post it.”

agarcia@ksat.com

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