A viral video shows two men hurling anti-Asian slurs at employees at a Florida ramen shop after they asked their group to leave.
Ramen Lab Eatery in Delray owner Louis Grayson described the incident as ‘heartbreaking’ in the video he posted on his shop’s page, which shows a bald, bespectacled man calling him a ‘Taiwanese ch**k, motherf****r’ and telling him to, ‘take your f***ing China flu and shove it up your a**!’
The shop was closing, and Grayson said the incident occurred when he along, along with two other men, wandered over with pizza from a neighboring business, pulled out chairs stacked outside the shop and sat down.
When a waitress asked them to leave, the slurs started to fly.
‘I asked you nicely to leave, that’s about it,’ Grayson can be heard telling the men.
A group of men were caught on video hurling anti-Asian slurs toward employees at a Ramen shop in Florida
In a profanity-laced rant the pictured man calls the shop owner a ‘Taiwanese ch**k, motherf****r’ after he asks them to leave
A second man can also be seen and begins shouting at the owner
He hurls insults such as ‘woke sissy motherf****r,’ and ‘communist.’
‘Take your f***ing China flu & shove it up your a**! A**hole, you f***ing Taiwanese ch*nk, motherf****r,’ one replies.
‘Well done, sir, thank you,’ Grayson replies.
‘Oh yeah, I’m over here,’ the man continues, appearing to try and goad the owner into a conflict. ‘whattaya gonna do?’
‘Keep saying what you need to say sir,’ Grayson replies, as a female employee can be heard calling the police and describing the three men, and reporting that they appeared to be drunk and acting aggressive.
Louis Grayson, owner of Ramen Lab Eatery said his shop stands against all forms of racism
The second man, holding a slice of pizza, also begins shouting at Grayson, calling him ‘A woke sissy motherf****r,’ and a ‘communist.’
The man in the glasses then takes his phone out and also begins recording the encounter as the third man starts telling him they might be better off leaving.
As he walks away he shouts: ‘Bye coronavirus go f*** yourself corona. I hope you f***ing die of corona.
Grayson, 30, said he had walked out after hearing the commotion outside, and was met with questions of his country of origin.
‘He asked where I’m from and I said, “I’m from here.” They said, “No, you’re from China. You’re a ch**k.” My family’s from Thailand,’ he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
That was when the 30-year-old business owner started filming.
The incident came as incidents of anti-Asian hate have skyrocketed in the United States over the past year, with the country’s largest counties and cities reported that anti-Asian hate crimes were up 164%, according to a May study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino.
Grayson posted on his shop’s Instagram that the incident was ‘heart breaking’
The incident was sparked when the men tried to sit down outside the shop (pictured) at closing time and employees asked them to leave
‘We have zero tolerance for violence. We are a honest hard working business. We stand against any type of racism, harassments and discrimination. We pride ourselves in having a multicultural environment,’ Grayson posted to his shop’s Instagram.
‘Unfortunately, this situation was very heart breaking and will not break our spirits. We will not accept this type of behavior and attack on anyone and especially to our staff. We do not tolerate any kind of hate. However this was after we politely ask 3 grown men to eat there pizza else where while we try to close and put away our tables.
‘If any one know or recognize these men please be careful and report them. We respect and love everyone however this is hard to grasp. We will not stand for it EVER and we hope justice will be.’
The video spread widely on Twitter, with users condemning the hate on display.
Video of the incident also spread on Twitter, where users were quick to condemn the behavior
Jake Lobin tweeted that the men’s behavior was ‘unconscionable.’
‘I wish we could ID the hate gene and develop a vaccine for that,’ posted another.
‘When is this hate going to stop????’ another user wrote.
Another user Rae Dubow, called on users to identify the men in question, writing, ‘Twitter do your job!’