A man wielding a metal stanchion came to Plaza Sandries, an Asian-owned convenience store near the Charlotte Transit Center, on Tuesday, shouting racial slurs and dumping his business in the trash.
Mark Son, whose parents owned the store and worked there at the time, said it wasn’t the first time this kind of incident had happened.
“Chinese (curse).” “Return to your country.” Son said these are one of the insults his Korean family hears every day.
“It’s like they can think first when they see us,” Son said. “Usually it is the first thing that comes from their mouth.”
Surveillance footage of the incident shows a man entering a store, pulling a rack full of merchandise to the floor, and waving a road sign post in an attempt to break the glass of a refrigerator. Some customers take files out of the store and jump over spilled items on the floor. About a minute after the unprovoked attack, a man in a red shirt comes to the store.
The man in the red shirt is clearly a friend and cheering for the attacker. When police arrived, the attackers helped drink Monster Energy, said 35-year-old Son, who had access to store supplies and did not witness the attack.
After the man was arrested, Son said his parents had closed the store to clean up. But his friend came back and kept trying to make eye contact with his mother through the glass. He called the cat and kept trying to turn her over with a smile, Son said. Later, when his mother left the store to go to the bathroom, the man chased her, he said.
“(He) remade these sexual poses and told her to do these sexual acts, and she’s just furious, but she doesn’t know what to do,” said the woman’s son. Said. Mr Son said his friend also returned Thursday to further harass his parents.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenberg police, G4S, a private security company responsible for transit center security, has arrested 24-year-old Xavier Rashee Woody-Silas. According to official records, Woody Cyrus was arrested for robbery with dangerous weapons, intimidation, chaotic behavior, personal property injuries, and resistance to civil servants.
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But for Sungs, the incident on Tuesday was nothing new. On the busiest day before the pandemic, Son said the store had about 2,000 customers. This means at least a few theft attempts, police calls, and slurs from angry customers every day.
Pandemics help fuel racist sentiment
Growing up on the Matthews-Charlotte border, Son said he had experienced racism throughout his life, but the pandemic made racism even more pronounced.
He said the store was tight on business and lacked the patience of the people. As the number of regular buses decreased, customers declined and store hours were shortened. His parents are also in debt after closing another convenience store in a high-rise tower across the street.
There was also a physical attack last year. Around October last fall, Mr. Son said he had a concussion after chasing the stolen person when his father turned around and hit him. A month later, he said, another stolen base threw an unopened can of cola at his father and hit his eyes. Both cases resulted in his father being in the hospital.
According to Son, parents in their 60s continue to run the store as eggs in the nest of him and his siblings, but his parents are stressed by tight finances and harassment. His mother, who said Song was quiet and unobtrusive, holds it until she can go home and cry.
The store is a family-owned store that Son and his 33-year-old brother have helped since they were teenagers. But even during a pandemic, his parents continue to work open and closed, about 13 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
“(My parents) put food on our table, so they work positively every day, but they are beaten every day in everyday situations,” he said. It was.
About once a year, he said, stores are dumped in the trash and lose between $ 5,000 and $ 9,000 between lost items and non-business hours. He said this week’s incident wasn’t the worst they’ve ever experienced.
The· GoFundMe The page, which started Thursday and raised about $ 15,000 from 260 donors, surprised his parents. Friends and relatives called on them to check in, and strangers brought food to the store.
“(My) parents are doing well,” he said. “They look at the support and actually feel that people care.”
Son’s cousin, Koun Han, said she started raising money because she felt how angry and helpless she was. At first, she felt ironic because it only cost her aunt and uncle who still had to get a job during the pandemic. But then she realized that fundraising was also a way for people to show their support for anti-Asian racism.
“The donations to the AAPI organization and the pledge to the Asian Business Leaders Movement are all great, but how can it help people like my uncle and aunt right away? Other than the GoFundMe page I didn’t, “Han said in the text.