(WSVN) – A man was caught on camera yelling racist remarks inside a California restaurant near San Francisco on Christmas morning, which is what Abigail Khalili and her siblings are expected to encounter The last time and place of this situation.
“We heard someone parked in his car yelling through his window, ‘Keep going, you need to get out of that store!'” Khalili said.
The taunt quickly turned racist and included an obscene gesture.
“He just kept saying, ‘You guys are Filipino idiots. You probably sell cocaine,'” recalls Khalili.
Thanks to social media, the Khalili family quickly learned that they weren’t the only Asian-Americans in the East Bay being targeted by these racist rants.
Police said the man seen in Halili’s video is the man they arrested Monday in connection with another racist and homophobic tirade at In-N-Out Burger.
“You guys filming yourself eating? You guys are weird gays,” the man said in a cell phone video.
Arine Kim and her friend Elliot Ha were filming a video for TikTok when they also said they tried to laugh it off when a man approached them at random and made vulgar insults at them.
“At the time, I didn’t take it seriously, but then it started hitting me like, wow, this is serious,” Ha said.
As happened in another encounter, the hate speech quickly escalated.
The man in the video asks Ha if he is Japanese or Korean. When the man said, “You’re Kim Jong Un’s boyfriend, aren’t you?” Ha replied that he was Korean.Usually I spit in your face that’s some Filipino [expletive]”
Police have arrested a Denver man with Bay Area ties after receiving numerous tips. Both groups of victims realized the power of speaking out.
“Make it look like it’s not a big deal, which I think a lot of Asians do in general,” Kim said. “I want more people to realize this, and I want other people to realize how bad it is. I just want people to know that hate crimes against Asian Americans are a very real thing.”
The arrested man has not yet been formally charged, police said.
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