HD Lee, also known on Instagram as @mama_dolee, was waiting in line for her food at El Taurino restaurant after 2 p.m. on Monday when the man gave her his card and asked her to have lunch with him.
When Lee replied that she was married, the man grabbed the card and went on a racial and expletive-laced tirade.
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This afternoon, I was verbally and almost physically assaulted by a stranger due to the color of my skin. While I was waiting in line to order food, the person next to me handed me their card and said let’s have lunch together. I declined and said, “I’m sorry, I’m married.” He then snatched his card back and screamed the most HATEFUL racial slurs and DEGRADING words in the English dictionary towards me. I am appalled that someone would tell me to “Go back to Asia” after being born and raised in the US. What was more disappointing is that LAPD said there’s NOTHING they can do to address the situation. This is 2020 and we are ALL fighting for EQUAL rights. I will never forget the words that this man uttered. Please share this video so we can raise awareness that treating everyone with love and kindness is more important now than ever before. I hope and pray that someone can recognize this man so he can get the help that he desperately needs before another person is attacked.
“He then … screamed the most HATEFUL racial slurs and DEGRADING words in the English dictionary towards me,” she said in an Instagram post.
Lee told NextShark that she was alone at the time of the incident but had two phones on her.
“I was on a work call then the person approached me so I started recording with my personal,” she recounted.
The man took out what appears to be an iPhone 5 or SE before spewing words such as “Tell her to go back to f***ing Asia,” and “F***ing b***h.”
In the video, the man claims his name is Frederick Douglas Smith and yells his alleged social security number and birthday.
“I’m a contributor to the Obama administration you f**king Asian c**t,” he went on. “Look at you, you ain’t even fine. You look like s**t.”
The incident left Lee in tears, and she was “disturbed” by how long the employees at the El Taurino took to intervene.
“After nearly two minutes of being degraded, the two employees finally stepped in and asked him to go to the other corner of the restaurant,” she said. “They gave him free food and left. I waited and cried in the corner for 30+ minutes before the police came.”
According to Lee, the police did not take a report and told her “this happens all the time.”
NextShark has reached out to LAPD for further comment.
Feature Image via @mama_dolee