‘F*** You Chinese People, I Hate You!’: Asian Jewelry Shop Owner Punched Over Store Policy

A jewelry shop owner in Washington, D.C. was punched by a customer who allegedly got upset over a store policy on May 4.

The customer delivers a blow to Chong’s face. Image Screenshot via Aimee Cho

What happened: The incident occurred inside Max Trading in the 1300 block of 4th Street Northeast, according to The Hill. The store owner was identified as Chong Hu Lu.

  • The suspect entered Max Trading at approximately 1:46 p.m., police said.
  • The suspect asked to look at jewelry behind the glass, but Chong refused as a matter of store policy.
  • Chong told NBC Washington’s Aimee Cho that the suspect became upset and yelled “F**k you Chinese people, I hate you.”
  • The suspect punched Chong in the face and fled the scene.
Chong’s wife steps in to defend him. Image Screenshot via Aimee Cho

The aftermath: Chong suffered a busted mouth as a result of the attack and he took himself to a hospital.

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  • The suspect has not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.
  • Chong’s wife, who tried to defend him during the incident, now fears for their family’s safety.
  • “I couldn’t sleep the whole night last night,” she tells Cho. “Why do they treat us like this? We did nothing wrong.”

  • Max Trading has been in business for 22 years. The couple’s daughter reportedly begged her parents not to open their shop Wednesday, but they need to make ends meet.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said they are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Anyone with information is urged to call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411.

Featured Image Screenshots via NBC Washington (left), Aimee Cho (right)

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