Two men hurl racial slurs at Asian-American restaurant owner – NBC 6 South Florida

Disturbing footage posted to social media shows two men hurling racial slurs and slurs at an Asian-American restaurant owner in South Florida.

Louis Grayson, whose family is originally from Thailand, owns Ramen Lab Eatery at 25 Northeast Second Avenue in Delray Beach. He recorded the incident outside his restaurant on July 15 at 11:45 p.m.

According to Grayson, the restaurant was closing for the night when the men approached the restaurant’s outdoor dining area. Grayson said they used two of the chairs and a table from Ramen Lab to eat pizza purchased from another restaurant.

Grayson said a waitress asked the men to leave. They refused, and a heated confrontation between Grayson and the men ensued.

“Take your [expletive] Chinese flu and put it in your [expletive]”, one of the men tells Grayson in the video. “You [expletive] Taiwanese [expletive].”

Another man can be seen mocking the restaurant owner, repeatedly calling him a “communist”.

Grayson posted the video to Instagram where she garnered several comments from people expressing their support for the restaurant.

“We have zero tolerance for violence. We are an honest, hard-working company. We oppose all types of racism, harassment, and discrimination. We pride ourselves on having a multicultural environment,” reads the Instagram caption. “Unfortunately, this situation was very heartbreaking and will not break our morale. We will not accept this type of behavior and attack against anyone and in particular against our staff.”

Delray Beach police released a statement on the incident, saying no charges have been filed and there is no active investigation into the case.

The department also called the event a “mutual disagreement” as a piece of pizza was apparently ejected from one of the suspect’s hands.

“No charges have been filed in this case. An officer responded and met with the complainant and two men. The complainant says the men made negative comments and gestures. But the complainant dropped a slice of pizza from the hand of one of the suspects, which has created a mutual disagreement between the parties,” the statement said.

Grayson said the restaurant experienced other moments of racial tension and discriminatory remarks, particularly early in the COVID-19 pandemic, but the July 15 incident was more aggressive.

“We respect and love everyone, but it’s hard to understand,” the statement continued. “We will NEVER tolerate this and we hope justice will be served for these individuals.”

A recent study for the Pew Research Center reports that 32% of Asian American adults fear threats and physical attacks. 81% say violence against the Asian-American community is increasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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