Korean-American Sues McDonalds after Broom Attack

Article from Yonhap:

“An Employee Hit Me” New York Korean Sues McDonald’s for 10 Billion Won

A Korean in his sixties living in New York has filed a suit for significant damages after he was struck by a McDonalds employee.

According to the law firm of Kim & Bae, Mr. Kim, age 62, filed a civil suit in the amount of $10 million in the Queens County court of New York against the McDonalds Corporation, their New York location, and the manager, Mrs. Rooshi Sajjad, age 50.

A copy of the lawsuit Mr. Kim filed against McDonalds

A copy of the lawsuit Mr. Kim filed against McDonalds

The law firm of Kim & Bae, acting on behalf of Mr. Kim, described the incident as follows:

At 4:30 in the afternoon of February 16th, Mr. Kim entered the McDonalds at 40-18 Main Street in Flushing, Queens.

At that time, there were four cashiers at the counter, however three of them were laughing and making noise while only one cashier was serving customers.

After standing in line for ten minutes, Kim finally reached the counter and ordered a coffee, saying, “this is taking too long.” The manager, Mrs. Sajjad, upon hearing these words from behind the counter, abruptly turned around and said, “we don’t sell coffee to people like you. Get out of here right now.”

Kim answered, “What’s wrong with me?” to which Sajjad responded, shouting, “Get out. We don’t have any coffee for you.”

Kim, embarrassed, said “alright”, and took his phone out of his pocket to record the situation. At this, Sajjad came toward him with a 1.5 meter long broom and used it to strike him, hurting Kim’s hand and breaking his phone.

After someone called them, police showed up to the restaurant, where they verified the CCTV footage and took statements from other restaurant customers. The police arrested Sajjad, took her to the police station, and held her without bail on charges of assault.

After hurting his fingers in the assault, Kim was unable to function at his wallpaper job. He says that he is still suffering serious mental distress due to the shame and humiliation he felt at the unjust treatment.

Kim & Bae believe that based on the fact that Kim was the only Asian customer in the restaurant at the time and that the defendant, Sajjad, said the words ‘people like you’, this was a hate crime related to race.

The McDonalds where the incident occurred is only 1 kilometer away from the McDonalds where a conflict flared up between elderly Korean-Americans and restaurant staff in January of this year.

Attorney Bae Moon-Kyung said, ‘I get very angry when I think about how Korean-Americans keep on having problems like this is…if there had been a proper response a month ago, this wouldn’t have happened. They just let things lie and so this happened again. It is because we haven’t raised the alarm through strong legal measures that this keeps on happening.

Regarding the amount of $10 million, Bae explained that, “regardless of the money, this is to confirm the principle of treating everyone equally with respect.”

Mr. Kim has lived in America for 30 years and is a U.S. citizen.

Comments from Daum:

조선쟁이:

If he has U.S. citizenship, then he’s not a Korean. He’s an American.

해바바:

Rights aren’t just given to you. You have to claim them. The employee’s salary isn’t coming from the manager’s generosity. It’s coming out of the customer’s pocket.

이젠뭘로:

A justified lawsuit.

딩가딩가:

Regardless of the conflict regarding Korean-Americans, I’m impressed by the immediate response by the American police. A quick review of the CCTV and then straight to arrest!!! Hey Korean police, try learning a thing or two from this!

corea:

In America, racial discrimination is the biggest crime there is, they really screwed up here.

원스어폰어타임:

With a name like Sajjad, she must be one of those Muslim cockroaches or something, ke ke ke. Don’t you know those people are even crazier~~~!! ke ke

aaronyu:

With the laws in Korea, if he had filed a case here, he would have been lucky to receive 500,000 won, ($480) even if he had good evidence/// That’s why we don’t file suits and companies can act up.

졸려님:

Hmm, so the manager doesn’t have his employees working, then when a customer complains about the slow service she says she won’t sell to people like him and hits him.. Just reading about it, it’s enough to make anyone angry.

투명곰:

Since he’s a Korean American, a lawsuit will be the end of this. If he was black, there would at best be hundreds of people protesting in front of that McDonalds, normally they would just smash all the windows and set it on fire. All the news channels would report about it as the top story for months.

아르자마스:

McDonalds is screwed.. and they should be glad that they are only getting sued for 10 billion won, if it was me I would have gone for a 100 billion.

토성:

The Korean community should get together and boycott McDonalds. It seems like they are often discriminating against Asians.

주화입마:

Come on~~~ Why are they going so far with this? Just live together peacefully… Why did those older Koreans have to go to a place where they weren’t getting service? And a suit for 10 billion won for getting hit with a broom? Hmm… Even if it was assault with other motives.. It looks like they are trying to make this case more than it is.

노브라는 반칙:

America’s lawsuits don’t make any sense. Someone can claim 60 million dollars over a pair of pants but then get only two or three hundred thousand if someone dies. What a strange country,,,

행불된정의를찾아서:

If he has U.S. citizenship, he is an American…

고이비토:

I can picture the scene easily. Let’s stop making a bad impression for the Korean community.

온상꼬치:

I think it is a good lawsuit. Why were those people even allowed to be working there… McDonalds needs to learn a lesson.

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  • vonskippy

    “we don’t sell coffee to people like you.”

    Probably meant bitchy impatient old people, not asian. Next time, if the service is too slow – WALK OUT. There are plenty of places that have good service.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      I feel like McDonalds wouldn’t have good coffee anyways. I don’t drink coffee, so I can only assume that their coffee is like their food, made for quick consumption and rapid sales?

      • Cnetizen817

        It’s actually pretty decent. In the Canadian market they’ve cut into Tim Hortons and Starbuck’s market share…especially with their buy 7, get the 8th free promo.

        The coffee isn’t as strong as Starbuck’s (nor is there variety) BUT, it’s good enough to compete with Tim Horton, IMO. That’s why Timmies started branching out to different roasts and expanding their food product line.

      • aasdf

        Mcdonalds coffee is actually pretty good

    • Peter Old

      Show some sympathy for the victim. How would you feel if your father was in that position?

      1. Given the unreasonable wait before service, he had the right to complain. It doesn’t make someone “bitchy and impatient”; it’s being assertive.

      2. You can’t blame someone because they didn’t “WALK OUT”. He had made the effort to go where he wanted, already waited and didn’t want to find somewhere else to wait again.

      You failed to mention anything about the assult. Of course you don’t deny this happened or that anyone deserves to be treated that way. But you chose to frame your comment around customer service. Do you really this girl doesn’t serve people who comlain? I suspect you are implying that this isn’t a race issue; but you would need to explain why this isn’t the case.

      It’s for the court to decide upon circumstances as to whether this is racial abuse. We don’t have enough information.

      I think his claim to damages is far to large and unreasonable. And he was wrong to video the employees. But he didn’t deserve to be abused and assaulted.

      • MikeinGyeonggi

        I don’t think he was wrong to video record the employees. If I were maltreated at a McDonald’s, I would also record a video and send it to McDonald’s corporate HQ. I’m sure they’d like to know what’s going on in their restaurants.

        But the racism claim sounds weak. “People like you” likely means older Koreans who order coffee and occupy tables for hours, while ignoring the manager’s demands to vacate the seats. Older Koreans in the area have made a reputation for themselves, and now they must deal with the consequences.

        Either way, the CCTV footage will set the record straight on this. I hope justice is served, but $10 million is not just.

        • Chucky3176

          He was there for 10 minutes. And how did the assaulter know he was a Korean man? What if he was a Chinese? Oh yeah, the same old attitude, “you guys are all the same”

          • MikeinGyeonggi

            He wasn’t Chinese – he was Korean. If he was Chinese, then we could discuss the “Asians are all the same” generalization.

          • MintyBadger

            Probably because he was one of the regulars who malinger in the restaurant all hours of the day. She probably knew him by name and he probably knew hers (nametag). I’m betting the whole staff knew him and his friends were Korean, they may have even been courteous and hospitable before they wore out their welcome after spending entire days for weeks on end in their workplace. In any case, I doubt it was an assumption…as you seem all to willing to believe. Welcome to KoreaBang, Korean Sentry.

    • Doge Wallace

      Sounds like you’re one of those people already.

    • Insomnicide

      Old people are impatient because they don’t have a lot of time left…

    • Raymond

      Yea next time, before you get hit with a broom and have your hand broken, because it’s the employee’s right to do so if you don’t. You want to speak with the manager? No problem. Cue manager with a broom.

      • MintyBadger

        His hand was seriously BROKEN? Didn’t know.

    • MintyBadger

      She may have acted inappropriately…but I’m betting that somehow he goaded her until she reacted that way…that way he gets an out of court settlement and McDonald’s agrees to become the low-cost Senior Center to customers spend the very least. Is there any chance that since he’s a regular there’s any history of him mistreating her prior to this? I bet they’ll just close that store and not open another one in Flushing. McDonald’s seriously cares about people less than Walmart….that includes employees, customers, the general public…

  • eddienj

    Anyone that knows this area would know that ethnic Koreans and Chinese are the majority in this part of Flushing. This particular McDonald’s would go out of business if they “didn’t serve people like you” meaning Asians. I don’t think that’s what the lady meant. 8 out of 10 people walking Main Street in Flushing are Asian.

    • chucky3176

      It’s called a frivolous lawsuit. That’s the American way.

      • grappler9

        If you think about the fact that it is a franchise (anyone with enough money can start a McDonalds) it gets even more ridiculous!. Companies are not responsible for the behaviour of minimum wage employees in restaurants that don’t even belong to them.

        In fact, since the problem was not the food but the behaviour of the individual, I believe she should be held responsible and charged for the assault she alone committed. At the most, the restaurant itself. Going after McDonalds here is as silly as suing Toyota because someone who bought one of their cars rear-ended you.

        They are responsible for the employees they hire themselves and the things they produce, not the employees of every business owner they sell a franchise to.

        Also, when did getting your feelings hurt by a rude person turn into crippling mental distress? This is what complaint/customer service lines that apologize and give out free meal coupons are for. Nobody deserves 10 million dollars for what happened here.

        • Cnetizen817

          The reason it’s so high is because it’s going to grab McDonald’s corp attention. They’ll probably give him a lump sum as an out-of-court settlement. He probably didn’t even expect 10M.

          The mental distress is probably BS but, he needs to have some sort of justifiable reasoning as to why he’s suing.

      • anti-matter

        i think you mean the korean way. you know, as in suing people for blood money every time someone does something as small as accidentally step on your toe.

      • ChuckRamone

        Maybe, maybe, the discrimination part is “frivolous.” But she attacked him with a broomstick. Psycho!

        • MintyBadger

          Or…he’s exaggerating what happened to get a bigger out-of-court settlement. In any case, there’s probably more to the story than what’s being leaked over here.
          For all we know, there’s a history of conflict between that employee and that customer and race has nothing to do with it. He may have even instigated the incident in hopes of creating a situation that could blown out of proportion. He says she broke his phone and attacked him with a broom…maybe she bumped him while she was sweeping and he simply dropped it? You don’t need to consider race when human nature can account for all that followed.

          • ChuckRamone

            That’s an awful lot of conjecture. “Maybe he’s just a huge asshole and she’s totally innocent …”

          • MintyBadger

            Maybe they’re both assholes.

    • death_by_ivory

      I was a little confusing about that too.it says around this time he was the only Asian customer in there.How is that even possible in Flushing?
      On the other hand McDonalds’ employees are pretty ghetto,that is why they work there.

    • Jasmine

      I honestly think that she meant annoying people or people trying to be rude. Sometimes it’s all in the wording. My dad once told someone to get out of our store (retail) because the customer was being racist and he told the guy that we didn’t need to cater to people like him. I suppose if the guy had tried to flip it into us being racist it might have been construed that way due to the wording but I’m glad that didn’t happen.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    In New York? Be thankful it was just a broom.

    • bigmamat

      No shit…

  • bigmamat

    How is this Korean news? The man lives in New York.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Koreans in South Korean apparently took notice, so… I guess KoreaBang translated a translated article. LOL

      • Harald Olsen

        You got it right, lonetrey, this was one of the ten most commented articles for the day, so it came to our attention. Yonhap originally published this story in korean

    • Sillian

      Netizens don’t only talk about domestic news. This news is still related to the Korean community in NY. The story even made it to Yahoo Japan and became one of the most commented articles for the day even if it has nothing to do with Japan. The first, second and sixth most commented articles on Yahoo Japan atm are related to Korea. As usual.

      • cruiser

        Care to provide a link so we can see exactly what they say?

      • bigmamat

        I suppose this is just a continuation from the “sit in” problem a couple of months ago. Oh well Korean’s can be pretty tenacious we’re told. The man is right nobody should be attacking him with a broom. It’s entirely possible it is racially motivated.

      • Rutim

        Indeed, the first article comes from JoongAng Ilbo Japanese edition and is about Korean efforts to stimulate the recent low hanging numbers of Japanese tourists in South Korea. The second one is a Japanese version of article from Search China about that online petition coming from South Korea which said that comfort women is false and got some signs under it. And the last one about McDonalds is Record China article with comments about Koreans being great at extorting money from other nations.

        Today it’s dominated by the news from China anyway. Still, I don’t know what’s your point?

        • Sillian

          Ofc, netouyo’s favorite subpar online rag Search China actively pandering to them is there.

          http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/cm/total
          And it’s still Korea, Korea, Korea, Korea, Korea, 韓国, 韓国, 韓国. You know it’s usual on Yahoo Japan.

          They provide a good example of netizens preoccupied with news stories not directly related to their own country.

          • guest

            So What a hell is wrong with that?
            Right now I am reading news that korean TV co
            YTN reporting the sinkiing ship was actually made in Japan in 1994…great reporting

          • chucky3176

            Oops there goes the current Japanese laughing and gloating going around in the Japanese net, that the ship must have been made in Korea. Seriously, I just don’t know what’s the matter with Japanese people. They’re so obsessive on Korean negative news. It’s gone to the point of sickness.

          • Guest

            Lol guess you never seen the comments on Naver when anything Japanese related news get reported.

          • Guest

            Actually, many people on the comments were expressing their concerns about the news. I dont know where you get the part Japanese people are laughing about it.

          • punkpanda

            I read their “concerns”, and they usually go like this
            “I normally don’t like Korea, but I hope those passengers survive. We Japanese are not like Koreans. We don’t wish people to die in an accident”

          • guest

            frankly. not so obsessive on japanese topics as jumping on anytime anywhere…lol

          • guest

            check FB comments on this same news, as you seem able to read japanese. Are they having fun? or worry?

            http://dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/fc/world/shipwreck_overseas/?id=6113875

          • punkpanda

            It’s Facebook though. When their identity is pretty much exposed, people react with kinder comments.

            Or as Jnetz usually say
            “They could be Zainichi Koreans disguised as Japanese”

          • Jon Doe

            your stereotypical ‘Koreaness’ is getting old quick man. Stop and think before you post more diatribe.

          • Guest

            They found out the ship was in fact was made in japan and now they are saying koreans are going to blame us! lol

          • Sillian

            “So what the hell is wrong with that?” is what I have to say instead.

            That is one of the numerous reports that poured out over the incident. They simply went over what kind of ship it is. They said it was built in Japan in 1994.

            http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0102_201404161915571275_001

            So they can’t even simply say it was built in Japan because it may hurt the feelings of some Japanese netizens? What are you trying to say?

          • Sillian

            And you are supposed to know better than these insular guys although it’s primarily the Japanese website’s fault.

            http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/cm/main?d=20140416-00000034-xinhua-cn

            Nobody emphasized that it was made in Japan and nobody in Korea cares about that. But look at what kind of title the website put to draw attention from the Japanese netizens. You are supposed to know how trashy journalism works. I’m not only talking about Japanese internet for this. It’s everywhere, so you gotta smarten up in general.

          • Guest

            The issue of SK news consistently making headlines in Japanese news websites is extremely disturbing to me. This happens whenever it’s negative, no matter how trivial it is, and even if it has nothing to do with Japan. These Japanese nationalists are like stalkers. It is so disturbing. They take even the smallest incident involving SK anywhere in the world and make Youtube videos about it (with hundreds of thousands or millions of views, with vile comment sections) or post about it, getting 16,000+ up votes on Yahoo Japan. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it period. It’s actually common to not care about someone else’s misfortune or tragedy or issues. No one needs your fake sympathy or nasty, snarky comments. Don’t comment about SK, *especially if it doesn’t involve you.* Ignore each other. S— stirring is making the situation worse, and stalking is disturbing.

        • prin12

          just admit it rutim. The japanese are obsessed with SOUTH KOREA, like you, like a crazy ex girl friend lol.

          • Guest

            I highly doubt that. If you know Japanese people, majority of them arent really interested in politics nor history. If you went around asking people in Japan what they think about korea, majority of them could only talk about kimchi, plastic surgery, or hookers. On the other hand, if you did the samething in Korea asking what they think about Japan, they’ll go on hours about island disputes, comfort women, ww2, the radiation in japan, “sushi girls” as they call japanese girls, the origin of Japan and so on. Their news site is full of random Japanese reports that not even Japanese people would care.

          • Sillian

            I’m not in any position to judge Japanese people in general. Let me make it clear that I’m only talking about Japanese netizens. I have spent enough time observing them.

            heir news site is full of random Japanese reports that not even Japanese people would care.

            Anyone who has followed the Japanese internet would say Japanese news sites are full of random reports related to Koreans that Koreans haven’t even heard about sometimes. Especially those Search China type news stories often sound like straight out of some bullshit netouyo blog. The internet is one giant trash can where all kinds of sensational crap is collected so general stupidity is almost guaranteed. But in Japan, there are dedicated ‘嫌韓’ media that picks on Koreans for the weirdest things. For example, you can see a bunch of Japanese netizens fixated on random obscure things like ‘ttongsul’. It’s plain weird.

          • prin12

            lol I have never in my life even heard of “ttongsul” until I came across some weird japanese comments on youtube. Sometimes I honestly think they know about korea better than koreans themselves haha.

          • Sillian

            You don’t have to generalize the whole country based on their internet. I’m just talking about netizen behavior.

          • prin12

            I don’t like to generalize either, but sadly that netizen behavior is synonymous with the people that cause it.

          • Sillian

            Netizens like that are a group of people with special interest. Like I said before, public sentiments may show up on the internet to a degree but what’s shown on the internet are not necessarily the popular public opinion. A lot of people have ‘no’ opinion about most issues and their neutral opinion is never represented on the internet for obvious reasons.

          • prin12

            yet japanese people eat kimchi and listen to kpop. Koreans know AV but care to elaborate on what a “sushi girl” is? lol

          • Sillian

            Some Korean male netizens call Japanese girls ‘sushi girls’ in an affectionate way.

          • punkpanda

            There is some disgusting Korean website where all the losers who couldn’t get a girlfriend are gathered. They came up with the terms “Sushi girl” and “Kimchi girl”. The former to praise how angelic Japanese girls are. The latter to mock Korean girls being plastic and materialistic and selfish LOL

          • prin12

            They are bottomeless scums of society..

          • punkpanda

            Of course the bully wouldn’t remember his wrongdoings, whereas the victim remembers every bit of his painful memory.

          • Rutim

            Korean sites which translate 2ch posts are existing because what? No one reads them? I think that South Koreans are more interested in everyday life (like reports about Japanese baseball players in US/football players in Europe) while Japanese netizens tune in shortly after something goes wrong in the South Korea/China. Not much difference. Also remember about the huge population of Korean people living in Japan!

          • prin12

            “Korean sites which translate 2ch posts are existing because what? No one reads them?”

            which korean sites? can you please elaborate?
            There are extremist individuals but I can tell you that koreans are normally concerned with more legitimate issues such as regarding history, politics or economy (and sports to an extent).

            Even though I don’t want to generalize, sadly Japan has created a mainstream culture of trolling on anything negative specifically related to south korea. not north korea, not china, not all the issues japan is faced with today, but south korea.

            The fact is, koreans are equally capable of nitpicking on japan’s shortcomings but they simply don’t have the time, nor are they interested. In a bizarre way, japan is similar to taiwan but larger, scapegoating the south koreans at a counter productive cost but are largely ignored from the minds of regular korean people. This culture has earned japan the title “korea’s no.1 stalker”.

            And regardless of the common belief, that, massive HUGE 0.8% korean population in japan you were talking about is not the cause of all of japan’s problems.

          • guest

            Oh boy. This is just funny.
            dont waste your time posting here.
            thanks for your lesson on todays korea.

          • punkpanda

            Really? It looks like Jnetz are more obsessed with Korea than Knetz with Japan.

            By the way there is no Korean websites that are dedicated to transalte 2ch posts or Jnetz reactions only.

            Most of Gasengi threads are about Korean celebrity’s overseas popularity or how foreigners think about Korea

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      • Roihu

        I’ve often seen that McDonald’s with every race except Asians. It’s not impossible, nor uncommon.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    10 Bil Won = 9.6 Mil USD apparently.

    Dang, that’s a lot of money, even with a broken hand and all…

    • nqk123

      you can actually physically beat someone to death with that

      • linette lee

        Yes, change them all into nickels. lol.

  • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

    Will this story be updated so we can find out how far the suit goes and whether the guy ends up with money or not?

  • Ashanti Matt Lee

    If Mrs. Sajjad is Indian, than there were two people of Asian ethnicity. This is probably related to the Korean Adjoshis posting up in Mcdonalds all day and taking up the space after buying very little.

    • Insomnicide

      Well South Asian and East Asian still have drastic differences, more than enough to discriminate. But that isn’t the case here, this guy’s just being whiny.

      • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

        In North America, Asians are basically people from East Asia or those who have features similar to Chinese/Koreans/Japanese.

        In the UK, where most people from Asia are South Asians, they are the ones called Asians (Indians, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan or those that look like them).

    • bumfromkorea

      “Asia” is a BS identity that groups 4 to 5 regions that should have been considered continents of their own. It’s ludicrous to downplay the racial factor just because the two involved are technically “Asian”.

      • Lui Brick C

        “Continent” is a geographical term. It’s got nothing to with race or ethnicity. It is the formation of landmasses upon the earths surface. Like it or not they both at one time came from the continent of Asia. And you think Indians don’t endure the same if not worse racial discrimination? They get the nice little added bonus as being lumped in as “terrorists” too. The old guy was a dick. Not everything is racial.

        • bumfromkorea

          How does both of them coming from the same continent have *any* bearing to whether one was being racist to another? Just because they’re both *technically* “Asians”? The point there was that if “Asia” is a bs concept, then the corresponding “Asian” is also a bs identity.

          The old guy was being a dick? I’d say the one that hit the customer with a broom and broke the other person’s phone is the one being a dick.

          Not everything is racial, but playing the Anti-PC card when the evidence is looking really skewered for one side is just ridiculous.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            We know the old Korean man was hit by Sajjad (who I think is a woman possibly of Indian descent, but this isn’t said in the article). We know his phone was broken. For this, calling Sajjad a dick is fine I guess.

            What we don’t know is whether Sajjad was being racist. It seems unlikely considering the neighbourhood. It also could do with the reputation of older Koreans buying a cup of coffee and taking up space for hours and Sajjad was refering to this group of people rather than being against Koreans. We do not know. So to call Sajjad racist based on very little isn’t right.

          • bumfromkorea

            Rather than calling Sajjad a racist, my point was that it’s ridiculous to argue that Sajjad wasn’t being a racist just because both her and the old man come from the same continent. I was arguing against the laughable argument, “They’re both Asians”, rather than claiming that Sajjad is definitely racist.

            I’m personally giving Sajjad no benefit of the doubt in this case, given the context of the physical attack.

          • Lui Brick C

            God knows no ajosshi has ever acted like an entitled 2 year old. I know that everytime I go into a Mcdonalds they beat me with broom sticks too.
            Drop the victimization.
            This is what would have happened: the old fella walked in, didn’t like waiting and acted rudely towards the staff thinking he could act like he was in downtown Daegu. The manager took exception to being talked down to, over reacted and acted violently, which he/she obviously shouldn’t have. Nothing to do with race, the rights or wrongs of the term “Asian”, poor little Koreans get it bad everywhere they go, none of that.
            Just a pissed out service worker, pulling in minimum wage who had been pushed over the edge by a pushy, boorish ajosshi.

          • bumfromkorea

            Drop the victimization.

            I’ll drop the victimization when you drop the laughably wide generalization based on race. Hmm… ridiculous generalization and assumptions based on the race/ethnicity of a person… What was that called in English again? It’s called 인종차별 in Korean, but I forgot the equivalent word in English.

            Just a pissed out service worker, pulling in minimum wage who had been pushed over the edge by a pushy, boorish ajosshi.

            The fact that you’re willing to give a violent attacker the benefit of the doubt over the old man simply because he’s Korean and ‘you know how those Koreans are?’ Hilariously oblivious.

          • Lui Brick C

            It’s called a stereotype. It’s a pity that the majority of Koreans, men and women, over the age of 45 play the role so perfectly the the stereotype is rock solid, air tight, pin point true.
            Look, the whole world isn’t against you. Do you think if the old man had been there would have been any claims of racism? No.

          • bumfromkorea

            It’s a pity that the majority of Koreans, men and women, over the age
            of 45 play the role so perfectly the the stereotype is rock solid, air
            tight, pin point true.

            Actually, thoughts like these are called “racism” in the English-speaking world. When you allow the miniscule interaction you have with a tiny, infinitesimal fraction of the population to completely paint your assumption of other complete strangers based on their ethnicity/nationality/race, that’s called being prejudiced, you prejudiced racist.

            Unless, you know, you want to claim here that you met plenty of Koreans over the age of 45 to characterize about, let’s say a few million people, give or take a few hundred thousand. How many have you met? 20? 50? Even a few thousand would mean you met about 0.1% of the people you are characterizing here.

            Do you understand why it’s laughably stupid to generalize an entire group of people based on the shared characteristics of ethnicity? Does that thought even enter your mind, or is it just drowned out in a sea of inane thoughts like “It’s a pity that the majority of Koreans, men and women, over the age of 45 play the role so perfectly the the stereotype is rock solid, air tight, pin point true.”?

          • Lui Brick C

            What a stupid thing to say.

            “Many African Americans are good at basketball”. Have I met every african ameican? No. But look at the NBA. Obviously we can look at reality and make statements. It’s called statistics. Taking a selected group and extrapolating processes and results within the group to the wider population. If I meet 100 old Koreans and 99 of them are douchebags, statistically speaking it would be pretty sound to say that we could broaden that to take in the entire population with a certain margin of error.
            What kind of idiot makes the inane “you haven’t met every single person so you can’t say that!” argument? Are you still in middle school?

          • bumfromkorea

            “Many African Americans are good at basketball”.

            Let’s take this idiotic logical flow. Your observation is based on the NBA, which has about what, 500 players? Let’s just ignore all the actual statistics concept like the selection bias, because I’m getting the impression explaining even that concept to you would take decades. Out of this representation, you see that majority of the players are black. You jumped from that observation to “Many African Americans are good at basketball”, which would be a statement about 40 million people (give or take a few million) with limitless variations in regards to the factors that determine one’s prowess in the skill involved in playing basketball.

            The hypothetical example you constructed to prove your prejudice doesn’t work because that example commits the same idiotic fallacies that your original statement did.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhRHCGYiWX4

            Maybe in South Park, your ridiculous logic functions.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzC8zAh72zc

            That’s you, quite literally. Except Michael Scott at least has the naive obliviousness working for him.

          • Lui Brick C

            See you latch onto the throw away comment. Not the real argument. Don’t be pissed at me that you will soon be an ajosshi a-hole. It’s the natural progression.
            20 something Korean boy, wearing tight pants, rocking the pudding bowl hair cut, before you know it you are an ajosshi with a bad dye job and a polyester suit pushing kids out of the way so you can save yourself on a sinking boat.

            PS. i suggest you take some stage one stats courses becasue you have no idea how data is take from small groups and applied thereafter. Sad, but true.

          • chucky3176

            This is the picture of Lui Brick C. See what he looks like in real life.

            http://www.chinasmack.com/2014/videos/korean-drama-hotel-king-makes-fun-of-rich-chinese-reactions.html

          • MintyBadger

            You can’t make assumptions about either, since all we seem to have is the old man’s version of things…which isn’t the same as having heard both sides of the story. She’s muzzled by corporate law while he blabs his story to all corners of the internet?

            Having no information to go on…people just reach whatever conclusion they want to based on whatever they want to imagine happened. We have no idea what really happened.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            I know your point. Just because they are from the same continent, doesn’t mean they cannot be racist. They are from different countries and different races after all.

            I was pointing out we don’t know if she was being racist.

            So, you think she was being racist?

            We only have one side of the story here. HIS version of events as presented in this article (it seems to be either from him or his lawyers, a very biased/one sided article).

            We don’t have the whole truth. There isn’t much to go on other than what his lawyers have presented here in the article.

            So, yes, she attacked him and broke his phone. That’s the only solid fact in this article. Until there is more to the story added on or followed, we will be left with little to make a judgement (on whether she was being racist or not) on.

          • bumfromkorea

            I don’t know if she was being racist. But given the context of the fact (the CCTV, the fact that she was arrested for attacking the old man), I’m leaning towards believing the old man’s story.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            Ok.

      • Charles_Tilly

        Yeah, who’s more likely to be a racist, a self-entitled ajosshi from a country which looks down on most of the rest of asia, or a young indian-American? Know who my money’s on.

        • bumfromkorea

          Notice that while both are American citizens, one is a “self-entitled ajosshi from a country which looks down on most of the rest of asia”, while the other is an “indian-American”.

          Differences in treatments as well as attribution of a characteristic based solely on the person’s ethnicity/nationality/race? What was that called again?

          • fedo

            Truth? Baaazingggg

  • Ashanti Matt Lee

    If Koreans in Queens feel like they are being discriminated against and feel bad about it, they should relate the feelings back to their families and friends in Korea, and hopefully that would alleviate some of the racism that happens there.

    • punkpanda

      Nobody really gets it unless they become the victim.

    • linette lee

      That area is predominantly Chinese with some Koreans. The main street of Flushing is Chinatown where Chinese bought up 99% of all the properties. Why would Korean feel discriminated in that area? If he said he was discriminated in a Mcdonald’s in State of Tennessee or Kentucky where you hardly see one Asian then I will believe him. That Mcdonald worker was wrong to cause physical harm to him but in this case the worker she is the minority in a majority Asian neighborhood. So she probably got discriminated by the Asians there. Not the other way around. I say it must be some stupid verbal argument and escalated into fight. He probably said something really mean.

  • One for all

    I had to LOL at this.

    Mr. Kim, you were not the only Asian in the restaurant. In case you didn’t notice, Ms. Sajjad is also Asian.

    So far we’ve only heard ‘innocent’ Mr. Kim’s side of the story (that’s the be-all and end-all as far as the Korean media is concerned). It would be interesting to see court transcripts of what actually happened and the ACTUAL words that were exchanged between both parties.

    • MeCampbell30

      Well Sajjad was arrested which means she probably did hit him with a broom and probably did break his phone.

      Was it $10 million worth of hurt though? Probably not for someone with just an injured hand and near retirement age.

    • bumfromkorea

      “Asian” is a bs identity. How much cultural/historical/societal commonality would you say a Korean has with a Sri Lankan or a Kazakh? Just because they’re from the same continent doesn’t mean one can’t be racist against another.

      Considering that the manager hit the old man with a broom and broke his phone (which apparently was captured on a CCTV), I’d say the old man at this point has significantly more credibility. It’s just hilarious to me that almost everyone here are willing to give the person who is currently arrested for hitting someone over the old man just because he’s a Korean… all the while lazily guessing that it’s probably not a race thing because they’re from the same continent. Now that, I definitely LOLed at.

      • One for all

        Perhaps if Mr. Kim and his lawyer had said “East Asian”, it would have given his stance a bit more credibility.

        Let us give Mr. Kim’s benefit of doubt and assume English may not be up to par….what about his lawyer? Doesn’t his lawyer realize the importance of language used in a case? Doesn’t the lawyer realize the whole case can be thrown out based on the fact that both Mr. Kim and Ms. Sajjad are Asian, yet Mr. Kim and his lawyer chose to use “Asian” instead of “East Asian” to describe Mr. Kim’s ancestral heritage in contrast to Ms. Sajjad’s South Asian heritage, so as to “prove” Ms. Sajjad’s racist intention towards Mr. Kim for being ‘East Asian”.

        I do not deny the “victim” was physically assaulted, but I strongly doubt his version of the story with regards to the words/phrases/sentences exchanged between both parties.

        • bumfromkorea

          Whether the terminology was East Asian or Asian is ridiculously trivial here. I think the judge and the defense lawyer would get the point the plaintiff’s lawyers were trying to make. I really don’t think the opening statement by the defense lawyer is going to include “Your honor, clearly my client was also an Asian, and since the plaintiff is also from Asia, my client was clearly not being racist”. I mean, that’s just me.

          The fact that you give benefit of the doubt to the person who physically attacked the old man over the old man is very curious. What qualities of this old man made you prevent from giving him the benefit of the doubt over someone who was seen on camera beating someone with a broom? A customer and a total stranger, no less.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            “The fact that you give benefit of the doubt to the person who physically attacked the old man over the old man is very curious. What qualities of this old man made you prevent from giving him the benefit of the doubt over someone who was seen on camera beating someone with a broom? A customer and a total stranger, no less.”

            The article is biased. We only have one side of the story. The only facts we have is that Sajjad hit the Korean man with a broom and broke his phone. Everything else that is said is only one side of the story. We cannot make any judgement on whether she was being racist or not.

            So, until we have further reports and updates on the story, we can say there was ABH or GBH (depending on how much actual damage was done and I don’t know the US terms for those) and destruction of property.

          • bumfromkorea

            Again, notice that the original comment also has the exactly same point about how they’re both “Asians” as the other guy. Exact same point I’m making here (in fact, I’m pretty sure I copied and pasted some of the sentences).

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            Ok. Anyway,I don’t think we will get an update on the article. I could be wrong. Things like these hit the news and then go quiet.

          • bumfromkorea

            The local news might. Considering the previous McDonald’s sit-in fiasco in the same neighborhood, this story might get a follow up from them, at least.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            Let’s hope so. And let’s also hope it is a little less biased than it currently is.

          • One for all

            This is not about ‘getting the point’, stranger things have happened in the courtroom. Court cases are about proving something happened beyond reasonable doubt – there are still lots of potential doubts with regards to which “Asian” was racist to which other “Asian”.

            With regards to giving benefit of the doubt to Ms. Sajjad, we are yet to hear her side of the story, or the anything from the witnesses for that matter….hence the leeway I’m willing to extend to her until it is proven the conversation did go as Mr. Kim said (which I still strongly doubt).

            We’ve only heard Mr. Kim and his lawyer’s side of the story….with a potential $10million on the line, would you expect them to be impartial in their story-telling?

          • bumfromkorea

            Court cases are about proving something happened beyond reasonable doubt

            Beyond a reasonable doubt, in a civil case? I’m starting to think that you have very little knowledge in the subject that you’re writing about.

            We’ve only heard Mr. Kim and his lawyer’s side of the story….with a potential $10million on the line, would you expect them to be impartial in their story-telling?

            I already explained why suits like these have ridiculous “90 gazillion dollars” claim numbers here: http://www.koreabang.com/2014/stories/korean-american-sues-mcdonalds-after-broom-attack.html#comment-1342544576

            we are yet to hear her side of the story, or the anything from the witnesses for that matter….hence the leeway I’m willing to extend to her until it is proven the conversation did go as Mr. Kim said (which I still strongly doubt).

            Yes. Problem is, you’re not giving any benefit of the doubt to the old man, in spite of the fact that the only factual evidence available at this time actually portrays him as the victim of a physical attack and Ms. Sajjad as the perpetrator – who was arrested no less. So again, what exactly about the old man that is making you “strongly doubt” his story, while you’re are giving all the benefit of the doubt to someone who is already arrested by the police along with a video evidence? What difference between Ms. Sajjad and the old man is causing you to have such drastic difference in the benefit of the doubt given, considering that the available factual evidence is on the old man’s side?

          • One for all

            Yes, even in a civil case. How else is judgement supposed to be passed?

            Judge – “I’m not sure if X may have been Y but I’ll let X win anyway”….is that what you are saying?

            Out of court settlement or not, Mr. Kim and his lawyer STILL stand the chance to earn a substantial amount of money from this case…again, do you think their story-telling would be bias free?

            Factual evidence shows Mr. Kim as the victim of a physical attack, motive STILL UNKNOWN.

            So far, we have only heard Mr. Kim and his lawyer’s interpretation of events….Ms Sajjad would have been arrested anyway because she physically assaulted somebody – whether or not she was intentionally provoked. You seem not to be able to grasp that.

            Again, we ONLY have the old man’s story, which may or may not be biased in the sense his story could win him a lot of money.

            We are yet to hear Ms. Sajjad’s side of the case – she is guilty of assault…her motives are STILL UNCLEAR. She could have been intentionally provoked by Mr. Kim, she could have just overreacted as Mr. Kim claims.

            CCTV only shows the assault, not the words exchanged between both parties.

          • bumfromkorea

            Yes, even in a civil case. How else is judgement supposed to be passed?

            Oh, I don’t know. Something like…
            http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/the-preponderance-of-the-evidence-in-civil-law.html

            We are yet to hear Ms. Sajjad’s side of the case – she is guilty of assault…her motives are STILL UNCLEAR. She could have been intentionally provoked by Mr. Kim, she could have just overreacted as Mr. Kim claims.

            Here are the facts:

            Ms. Sajjad attacked the old man

            Me: I’m inclined to believe the word of the victim over the perpetrator.

            You: I had to LOL at this. Mr. Kim, you were not the only Asian in the restaurant. In case you didn’t notice, Ms. Sajjad is also Asian. So far we’ve only heard ‘innocent’ Mr. Kim’s side of the story (that’s the be-all and end-all as far as the Korean media is concerned). It would be interesting to see court transcripts of what actually happened and the ACTUAL words that were exchanged between both parties.

            If you were truly in the position of “Who knows what happened? There aren’t enough details”, you’d sound like Boris_da_Bengal_Tiger. He (or she) is neutral. You’re clearly not. You’re giving all the benefit of the doubt to Ms. Sajjad while your original comment drips with contempt and doubt for the old man. Why such drastic differences? Again, you ignored the question: What makes the old man so distrustful in this case that your allocation of benefit of the doubt is so drastically different between the old man and the lady who attacked him with a broom?

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      I think my comment is better here:

      In North America, Asians are basically people from East Asia or those who have features similar to Chinese/Koreans/Japanese.

      In the UK, where most people from Asia are South Asians, they are the ones called Asians (Indians, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan or those that look like them).

      So, while both are Asians, they are not refered to as Asians in some countries while they are in others.

  • Digitalsoju

    I hate frivolous lawsuits like this. The ridiculous amount of money demanded and of course the exaggerated injuries (physical and mental):

    “After hurting his fingers in the assault, Kim was unable to function at his wallpaper job. He says that he is still suffering serious mental distress due to the shame and humiliation he felt at the unjust treatment.”

    • bigmamat

      It’s not frivolous and he won’t get what he asks for anyway. Until you’ve been harmed by someone’s indifference, negligence or willfully then you don’t know the hardship it can create. Very likely he will settle for a much reduced sum if they bother to engage him at all. Otherwise he’ll probably go toes up before he actually sees a penny.

  • mei mei

    10 milion USD ? wow

    • rollin wit 9′s

      so far off topic but OMG mei mei, your photo is so 美眉 hehe

      • Guest

        what’s up 罗林

      • fedo

        mei mei is a korean dude.

  • rollin wit 9′s

    Im on this dudes side but I love how people will just milk the hell out of the situation. The dude is NOT “suffering severe mental distress”. GTFOH. He’s just angry. Plain and simple.

    • bumfromkorea

      Four words: Out-of-Court Settlement.

      You always start ludicrously high so that 1. the mega-zillion dollar corporation pays attention to your case and 2. they’ll offer something more reasonable (5 to 6 figures). And considering what happened to him (and given that the other party is seen beating an old man’s hand with a broom on camera, the other party’s credibility isn’t exactly in good standing here), that’s a reasonable compensation.

      • Chucky3176

        Shouldn’t this be more about criminal case, than a civil one? It’s ridiculous that anyone is allowed to sue for that obscene amount of money. But then again, it’s a country where a woman got millions of dollars for burning herself on McDonald’s coffee, so nothing shocks me about this.

        • bigmamat

          Just because he asks for that amount does not mean he will get it. Very likely they will settle out of court for a much reduced sum. Since this hit the news then it’s probable there will be an offer of some sort. If he’s doing this to prove a point then the money isn’t the prime objective anyway, the objective is exposure. It is a criminal case and a civil case since civil law is the only recourse we have in our system for compensation.

        • bumfromkorea

          A) That is a commonly misunderstood case. The lady who burned herself on McDonald’s coffee initially asked for about $20,000 to cover the medical expenses + loss of wages because she had multiple third degree burns from the incident. McDonald’s offered $800. Only then did that lady hire a lawyer, who tried to settle for $90,000. McDonald’s gave her the finger. There was a mediation, and the mediator suggested $225,000. McDonald’s told her they’ll see her in court. Which brings me to my next point

          B) “The obscene amount of money” does two things. One, it garners the attention of the media so that the corporation won’t simply ignore the issue – like the coffee lady initially. Two, it gives the plaintiff enough breathing space for that eventual out-of-court settlements. That coffee lady eventually settled for about $600,000.

          It is extremely likely that McDonald’s will settle out-of-court with a very reasonable compensation for this gentleman. Every single case you hear about how someone sued a corporation for a gazillion dollars over consumer product, it has been settled for a very reasonable amount unless that particular corporation kept being a dick and pushed the case all the way in the court instead of settling.

        • rollin wit 9′s

          I remember that non-sense. Even Seinfeld did an episode about it.

  • Lui Brick C

    What is it with old Koreans acting like a-holes? They think the ajosshi act is going to fly outside of Korea? Pushy, rude, impatient idiots. He’s lucky he didn’t get a fist in the face. Honestly, is there a more over-entitled group then Koreans over the age of 45? The worst.

    • Joe

      “He’s lucky he didn’t get a fist in the face”

      What a juvenile thing to say. Your comment is shitty and you should feel shitty.

      • Lui Brick C

        I feel amazing!

    • tina

      lol! i know right? what’s wrong with those ajosshis? they always look as if they’re mad at the world. is it because they’re not relevant anymore in the ever changing society of korea?? makes me wonder..

  • Sempath

    The anti-blackness is strong here. If you’re going to say black people can’t have peaceful protests, you obviously don’t know shit about them.

  • http://shanghaiist.com/ The FRED FONG

    Because of GANGNAM STYLE….all Koreans deserve to be hit with brooms and punched with Kung Fu fists

    • harvz

      You forgot bukkake

      • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

        According to Fred, that’s reserved for the Japanese.

        • http://shanghaiist.com/ The FRED FONG

          I don’t mix insults with inappropriate websites

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            I thought they were jokes?

      • tina

        LMFAO!!!

  • I GUESS…

    I’m not even a Muslim but the 6th comment irritates me..

  • 1304174r

    “The Korean community should get together and boycott McDonalds. It seems like they are often discriminating against Asians.”

    Yep because non koreans are really going to feel sorry for some rude old man who had a problem with waiting his turn in line. And I think the “you people” comment was referring to his attitude when he approached the counter.

  • pistachio gelato

    This McDonalds is in Flushing where the majority of people are Asian, mainly of Chinese and Korean descent. There’s no way this can be tied to race because they serve Asians every single day. The owner of this McDonald’s franchise is Chinese and the employees are mostly Asian, Hispanic, or Black.

    It’s hard to prove what was said before the Korean guy started recording but it really sounds like a frivolous lawsuit. At most, the manager can be accused of profiling the old Korean man because they’re known to just buy 1 cup of coffee for $1 and then sit at the restaurant for hours. That McDonalds branch is very busy and having someone hold up a table for hours over $1 coffee will make it go out of business.

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      The manager did hit the man with a broom which hurt his hands and broke his phone (I am guessing it got knocked of his hand when it was hit and fell the the ground and was broken). So for that, he could get compensation.

      For the accusation of racism, it is a little more difficult. They already had a flare up about a month ago with Old Korean people buying one cup of coffee and staying for hours. I assume they had the same problem here or were at least informed about it. Hence the you people, as in old korean person who buys one cup of coffee and takes up space for hours (Think a episode of Becker covered something like this).

      Also, we only have ‘his’ side of the story and not the whole story.

  • linette lee

    It’s retarded. I go to that McDonald for milk shake a lot. Nothing wrong with the staff. That area main street Flushing is China town majority are Chinese and Korean. Then when you go drive down to Northern Blvd there are more Korean restaurants. That McDonald 99% of the time are all Chinese and Koreans inside. I don’t get it how can it be he was the only Asian in there. It must be fake.

  • RegisterToPost

    Crybaby money.

  • commander

    Although a racism- and ageism-motivated broom assault should deserve scathing condemnation, the $ 10 million compensation claim appears to be a gambit taking advantage of the worldwide fast food chain’s vulnerability to possible tarnished brand reputation.

    A cascade of criticism at Mcdonald’s employment policy which have failed to educate its employees at chain stores on the respect for customers of all ages, and races will help the company to seek a out-of-court settlement with the old man, which in turn will lower his compensation claim and get a fairly large money.

    The bigger the compensation the fast food chain has to pay to him, the stronger the company has motivation to improve its employment policy.

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      “Although a racism- and ageism-motivated broom assault should deserve scathing condemnation” – If it was a “racism- and ageism-motivated broom assault”. What we know for sure is that it was a broom assault, which should still deserve condemnation.

  • bumfromkorea

    I’m going to rewrite this because it seems no one here understand why suits like this has a “15 gazillion dollars” claims. It has nothing to do with greed, and it has nothing to do with frivolousness.

    Four words: Out-of-Court Settlement.

    You always start ludicrously high so that

    1. the mega-gazillion dollar corporation pays attention to your case.

    2. they’ll offer something more reasonable (5 to 6 figures).

    The infamous McDonald’s Coffee lady that’s always cited as the beginning of the so-called frivolous lawsuits? She initially asked for $20,000 to cover her medical bills + lost wages while she was hospitalized getting treated for a massive third-degree burn.

    McDonald’s offered her $800.

    So she hired a lawyer, who raised the stakes and asked for $90,000 out-of-court settlements.

    McDonald’s said no.

    So the lawyer hired a mediator, who decided that $225,000 should be a reasonable compromise between McDonald’s and this lady who has now spent just about that much sum paying for lawyers and, you know, mediators.

    McDonald’s said they’ll see her in court.

    What do you think McDonald’s would’ve done if this old man asked for compensation ranging in 4 figures to cover his medical bills + phone repair/replacement, given their previous track records?

    • lebowski urban achiever

      This is probably the most sensible comment here.

  • bultak23

    Ms. Sajjad? So Indians are hating on Koreans now and mainstream Americans are blamed by Korean media? WTF.

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      An Indian, not Indians. Also, we assume she is Indian because of her name. She may be of Indian decent but could be from another nation. She may not be Indian at all.

  • chucky3176

    I’m sitting on the fence if this was really racist incident or not. But I won’t dismiss this a non-racist issue, just simply because this happened in Chinatown where most of the customers are East Asian. Or just because the accused is also Asian of Indian ethnicity.

    I remember the stink in 2009 when an Indian man was verbally assaulted by a racist Korean man in South Korea on a bus. That incident made news all around the world, and people were talking about how terribly racist all South Koreans were, which is still talked about to this day. To say that the accused couldn’t have been racist because he was also Asian, is like a double standard to claim that only the Koreans can be racist, while Indians are not.

    I don’t know what the true motive of that McDonald’s clerk was, but just because 90% of the customers are Chinese and Koreans, she couldn’t have been racist? Seriously? I would say a mild racist Indian who sees nothing but customers after customers who look like “Chinese”, there’s more possibility that the clerk could turn into a hardcore racist. I scoff at people who claim India is not racist, when reports after reports of ethnic Mongoloid native peoples of north east India are being murdered on streets of India due to Indian’s severely entrenched racism. Indians can’t be racists right? Oh Right.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this was a racism issue. For all we know the clerk could have been having a bad day. I’m just saying I disagree with those people who say this possibly couldn’t have been racism just because it was in the middle of Chinatown and because the accused is an “Asian” himself. Those have nothing to do with whether this was racism or not.

    • Lui Brick C

      Talk about missing the point.
      Who’s saying Indians aren’t racist? This is the whole thing. The Koreans are the ones turning it into a race thing, just as you always accuse eslers of doing. He got whacked with a stick. Oh my god it’s a racist hate crime against asians. Mcdonalds had it in for Koreans!! It’s the only explanation.

      Also the example of the Indian on the bus in Korea is not even in the same league as this. He was abused becuase he had the temerity to sit with a female Korean. Then he was verbally abused with racial epithets while the police did absolutely nothing to help him.

      If the McDonalds worker appraoached the customer as he was sitting enjoying his coffee and started calling him “chinky eyed slant bastard, you smell” and then hit him, then fair enough play the racism card. But nothing like that happened.

      • chucky3176

        Read my post, I didn’t say this was a racist incident. And I don’t see any claims by many Koreans that this was racist either, other than this man. On the contrary, there isn’t much sympathy from many Koreans. So can you please explain how you’re getting this conclusion from, when you say,

        “Oh my god it’s a racist hate crime against asians. Mcdonalds had it in for Koreans!! It’s the only explanation.”

        My point is, were you there? So how do you know what the clerk was thinking, and how are you so sure this wasn’t racist? Give me your resounding proof that this wasn’t racist. Again, I’m not saying it was, just saying nobody knows what the clerk was thinking, and it will be up to the court.

        • Lui Brick C

          How about you give me some evidence that you aren’t racist? Pot calling the kettle black.
          You are anti-chinese, anti-japanese and anti-jew. You are a moderator at the gyopo version of storm front when you and your 5 friends sit around talking about your paranoid fantasies. My only wish is that you join the Korean army and lead an expedition to reclaim Manchuria. Chinese land for the last thousands of years. Xenophobic, anti-semite, and anti China.

          • chucky3176

            I maybe the moderator there, but I haven’t moderated that site for ages. The manchurian fantasy is done by couple of posters there, doesn’t mean I agree with them. I have no interest in that subject either. It’s basically free for all forum, really moderated by the owner. I see that not much is different in that forum, from your typical run of the mill ESL forums that you probably frequent. They sound just as paranoid and racist as some people in our forum. I guess it’s the ESL teacher’s version of the Stormfront, which has all kinds of disparaging things said against Koreans. lol..

          • chucky3176

            Furthermore, it’s a forum made up of maybe five regular posters, versus your ESL forum who’s probably made up by hundreds of regular posters. I’ve asked the owner of our forum to try expand the readership and participation, and tolerate more of the different opinions on Korea, but he wasn’t interested. He basically started banning people he didn’t agree with. I don’t agree with that, but what can I do, it’s his sight.

          • Lui Brick C

            Excuse me, I am NOT an ESLer. They are as anti-chinese as you are

          • Chucky3176

            Sorry, but you have it all wrong on me. I am not anti Jew nor anti-anybody else. I am anti-Japan, anti-China, and anti-North Korea, and the rest is all background noise to me.

            But for sure you sound like an ESL’er.

          • Lui Brick C

            So you admit you are anti-chinese? And then you get all hot headed because people say things about Korea. It’s ridiculous. Why don’t I have the right to speak my mind about Korea when you spout your anti-chinese garbage continuously. Double standard.

          • chucky3176

            I said I was anti-China, anti-Japan, and anti-North Korea.

            Nowhere have I mentioned I was anti-Chinese. Double standard? That’s you.

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      “I remember the stink in 2009 when an Indian man was verbally assaulted by a racist Korean man in South Korea on a bus.” – That incident is totally different to this one and really has nothing to do with it (it is more akin to the white lady on the underground abusing coloured people, a clip of which was uploaded to youtube). Why bring it up?

      “To say that the accused couldn’t have been racist because he was also Asian, is like a double standard to claim that only the Koreans can be racist, while Indians are not.” – bumofkorea covered this. They both share the same continent but aren’t from the same country or race. So this point is stupid, whoever brought it up. We agree here. I just don’t understand how people can miss this simple point.

      “I don’t know what the true motive of that McDonald’s clerk was, but just because 90% of the customers are Chinese and Koreans, she couldn’t have been racist?….could turn into a hardcore racist.” – We don’t know. Maybe she hates the Asian customers or maybe she was specifically talking about the old group of Koreans who buy one cup of coffee and take up space for the whole day and cause a scene when asked to leave. All we have here is speculation.

      “I scoff at people who claim India is not racist, when reports after reports of ethnic Mongoloid native peoples of north east India are being murdered on streets of India due to Indian’s severely entrenched racism. Indians can’t be racists right? Oh Right.” – Again, whoever said Indians can’t be racist is stupid. But I don’t think anyone has, so this point is moot. And where are these reports after reports? I do know of caste and religious issues in India, which do garner a lot more attention. I would have thought something like people being murdered on the streets because of their race would make more headlines around the world, especially since the gang rape incidents.

      I agree with your last paragraph.

      The only solid facts we have about this incident is that the man was hit and his phone was broken. That the lady was arrested. Everything else in this article is HIS side of the story. For all we know he could have been an ass or even be racist himself. We have no clue. We can only wait for updates to the story.

    • tina

      i have never seen reports of mongoloids being murdered in northeast india because of their race. can you cite sources?

  • Eazy E

    10 billion won? Yea, Of course it wasn’t for the money…

  • goldengluvsk2

    Wow, cashiers are exactly like that here… Theyre standing there but they wont lift a finger to take your order…. I dont know if its actually a racist attack or someone crazy who didnt want to work at all and took it on the only person complaining to avoid more backlash but the thing is the attack happened and I hope Mrs. Sajjad pays the price for what she did.
    I doubt theres a court in this world that would give Mr. Kim that amount of money over what happened BUT he could try… He might want to settle the matter afterwards and he would most likely succeed since the attack was caught on camera.

  • Yaminah Jamison

    “Since he’s a Korean American, a lawsuit will be the end of this. If he was black, there would at best be hundreds of people protesting in front of that McDonalds, normally they would just smash all the windows and set it on fire. All the news channels would report about it as the top story for months.”

    Well geez someone’s been watching Do the Right Thing or something lol.

  • aasdf

    Pretty sure most americans can’t tell asians apart. So I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a hate crime specifically targeted at Korean Americans – if it was a racial hate crime, it would be against Asian Americans.

    • aasdf

      As in asian americans in general, not specifically korean americans.

  • Maize

    I think the McDonald’s should take eat-in charges.
    They can say, “This place is extra nice so that if you’d like to eat-in with less than $3 purchase, you will be charged $3.”
    It was politer than hitting people with a broom for sure.

    I respect elderly people, but reading this article, I don’t want to deal with elderly people who act that. Really, they should have been buying things like every 1 or 2 hours if they want to stay longer. It would be polite, you know. MacDonald’s was harsh this time so that it wasn’t nice, but come on, they are doing business not charity.

  • tina

    I never understood ajosshis or ajummas in korea or in u.s., they always seem pretty angry at someone or just mad at the whole world, or they get violent on some younger persons! wtf?? is it because they’re no longer relevant in korean society? or in american society?? something’s not right with this story.

  • winterbitten

    If it was me I’d be like “Buy me a new phone, maybe a PS4 and a TV, let me kick that dude in the face and I’ll call it even”

    I hate this petty “I have mental distress” shit. Good fucking lord some of these people didn’t live in a time where you’d probably get stabbed in a tavern on a regular basis. What’s worse is that lawyers actually encourage them to spout this bullshit. Any fucker who is mentally distressed, trying to get that much money, and playing a pity card after being tapped with a broom, needs to be fixed. The world is crowded enough and we’d do better without his little rug rats running around.

  • Perseus Wong

    Where’s the actual CCTV footage? What’s the external source of this news besides the summary from the law firm? There’s something odd about this story.

    That location is right smack in the middle of the busiest part of New Chinatown (aka Flushing Main St.) It is frequented almost entirely by Asians (specifically Chinese). So it seems peculiar that Kim was singled out by another minority.

    Either we have an unusual case of minority on minority discrimination or an old man close to retirement and thinking of ways to supplement his social security check.

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