A restaurant customer who went on an anti-Muslim tirade and slapped a worker in New York City has been charged with a hate crime.
Robert Murino of Brooklyn came into the Herald Square-area restaurant Salt & Pepeper on Monday night. According to the New York Daily News, he ordered a pizza then began questioning the workers’ religious affiliations and whether or not they liked ISIS.
Tahir Mahood tried to calm the 26-year-old down, but Murino turned around and slapped him.
“I’ve been here for the last two years and nothing ever happened like this before,” Mahood told the NYDN. “As a Muslim, I want to be polite, I don’t want to fight anyone.”
Police were soon on the scene to arrest Murino, who was subsequently charged with attempted assault and criminal mischief. Both charges are being treated as hate crimes.
According to Lina Parvin, one of the workers who witnessed the meltdown, Murino appeared to be under the influence of something.
“He comes up to me yelling, ‘Where are my fries? Where are my fries?’ I told him I didn’t charge him for fries but he kept yelling, ‘You f*cking lady, give me my fries. Lady, I’m going to f*ck you up,” she told the paper. “He started yelling, ‘Why don’t you tell me your religion?’ Mahood kept saying, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know!’ The guy then starts yelling, ‘Muslim mother f*ckers!’ He then reached over and punched him.”
Check out the clip above, via the New York Daily News.
[h/t New York Daily News]
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