Video of Korean American Senior Citizen Assault at New York McDonalds Released

kpopluv, Dec. 31, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

A video clip showing a McDonald's worker in New York assaulting a Korean customer in February was released on Tuesday.   The law firm Kim&Bae acting for the victim obtained the surveillance camera footage from the Queens district attorney's office. 

According to the law firm, the victim, James Jin Kim (62), was waiting in line at a McDonald's outlet in Flushing, Queens on Feb. 16 for around 10 minutes for a cup of coffee and complained about the long wait. The manager of the store approached Kim and tried to force him out of the store. 

When Kim tried to capture the incident on his mobile phone camera, the manager is seen hitting his hand with a broom.  Kim is suing McDonald's for US$10 million and Kim&Bae plans to submit the footage as evidence.

Korean-American groups in New York plan a rally in front of the McDonald's outlet in Flushing on Tuesday afternoon and boycott the chain.

This is not the first time the franchise has been in trouble with Korean customers in the area. In January this year, staff at another McDonald's in Flushing called police and kicked out six Korean Americans in their 60s and 70s for nursing a cup of coffee for too long, accusing them of obstructing business.  The incident also led to protest rallies and a boycott by Korean-American groups until the fast food apologized. 

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