An upsetting video of a beauty supply store owner punching a mother in the face is burning up social media.
The viral recording, which surfaced Monday, shows a man identified by police as Changseok Jun, owner of Jun’s Beauty Supply in Tulsa, Okla., punching the woman outside the store Sunday after her child pocketed a small item as the family was walking out the door.
The altercation was shot by an unknown witness and shared on social media, including by social activist Shaun King, who tweeted, “This is the 2nd time an Asian owner of a Black beauty supply shop has physically attacked a Black woman in the past week.”
Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach a representative at Jun’s Beauty Supply for comment.
Sergeant Shane Tuell of the Tulsa Police Department tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the attack occurred early Sunday evening when a small child, unbeknownst to his or her mother, took an item from the store without paying.
“Mr. Jun followed the victim outside to confront her, and she threw the item back inside the store, then pushed him in his upper torso as she was leaving,” says Tuell. “Mr. Jun then punched the woman in the right side of her mouth with his closed fist.”
Jun was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and was ordered to appear in court on Sept. 12. A judge will rule on what happens next, but Tuell says possibilities include a fine or community service. The victim, whose name is not known, has the option to sue Jun.
People feuded on Twitter about which party was wronged and whether the shop owner was racist.
During the first week of August, a violent outburst occurred at the New Red Apple Nails salon in Brooklyn after a customer allegedly took issue with a “botched eyebrow wax” and refused to pay for the service.
One employee hit a woman with a broomstick, while others threw punches. According to witness Mercy Maduka, who shot the video, the staff was “hitting [the women] like animals.” Ultimately, as the New York Post reported, both an employee and a customer faced criminal charges.
“It was crazy how you can hit someone and her grandma because of $5,” Maduka told Yahoo Lifestyle.
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