‘You talk too much, this is not China’: boutique employee whips Asian nurse, 25, in romper and rips clothes off her hands after asking about returns policy
- Bea Cruz said she was at the Maiko clothing store in Forest Hills, Queens on Friday morning when the incident took place
- Video she shared of the incident showed an employee trying to knock her phone out of her hand after answering the man
- Cruz said he got angry when she asked about their pricing and returns policy
An Asian woman shared a video of an angry boutique employee who tried to ‘whip’ her with a romper and spoke to her in a ‘racist’ way when she asked about their return policy.
Bea Cruz said she was at the Maiko clothing store in Forest Hills, Queens on Friday morning when the incident took place.
In the video, obtained by CBS2, the man apparently wearing a piece of clothing is seen trying to knock Cruz’s phone out of her hand after she starts recording the incident.
While the audio isn’t clear, Cruz said she was questioning the returns policy when things heated up.
He turned and blew up on me. “You talk too much. This isn’t China; this is America,” Cruz said of the incident. “I was triggered because it’s racist.”
Bea Cruz (pictured) shared a video of an angry boutique employee who started talking to her in a ‘racist’ way when she asked about their price and return policy
In the video, the man is seen using a piece of clothing that resembles a piece of clothing (right) trying to knock Cruz’s phone out of her hand after she starts recording the incident.
The 25-year-old nurse said she then tried to take the man down, but things got worse instead.
“He said,” Give me, give me, you can’t buy this. ” Yet at this point I said, I will buy this. Just don’t say this to me, ”Cruz said, adding that he tried to take the items she was holding from her hands.
Cruz said that at one point the man was holding up a metal hanger as if to hit her with it, but instead “hit me with the romper he was holding in his hand.”
Towards the end of the video, the man is seen chasing her out of the store and closing the door behind him.
While some of the man’s actions were videotaped, he claimed he didn’t say anything racist and that Cruz was the disruptive one.
Cruz told CBS she had shopped in the store before and never had any issues with the employee.
Cruz said she was at Maiko (pictured) clothing store in Forest Hills, Queens on Friday morning when the incident occurred
She also said she has been receiving support from elected officials since the incident and plans to file a complaint with the police.
The incident took place at a time when the US has seen a spike in hate crimes against the Asian-American community.
In March, eight people, including six Asian women, were shot in Atlanta.
After the shooting, violence against Asian Americans was reported in New York and California.
Shockingly, New York saw the largest increase of 223 percent, with the number of incidents reported to the police rising from 13 to 42.
In California, San Francisco saw a 140 percent increase from 5 to 12.
The resurgence is that such violence has prompted Asian American business leaders to establish the Asian American Foundation.
The foundation kicked off Monday and said it has raised $ 125 million from its board members over the next five years to support Asian-American and Pacific Islander organizations.
The Asian American Foundation says its donation will focus on supporting organizations and leaders who measure and challenge violence against Asian American and Pacific islanders and develop a common data standard that tracks violence and hate incidents.
The foundation will also help create elementary and college curricula that “reflect the history of Asian-American and Pacific islanders as part of the American story.”