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Man On Train Gets Punched In The Mouth For Harassing Asian Woman

A man riding on the Los Angeles Metro started harassing an Asian woman he spotted on a train. His harassment quickly went from rude to racist, and by the time he got off the train he was yelling that the woman should 'go back to Asia'.

A passerby heard the man's offensive rant and punched him in the face.

Jeanne Heo, a 29-year-old American woman, was riding the red line on her way to a business meeting. On the ride, she closed her eyes and relaxed. When she opened her eyes, she saw a man staring at her.

"Are you tired? You look sleepy," the man asked her, said Heo. She ignored him, and at first wasn't even sure he was speaking to her. Then she thought he was attempting to flirt with her.

The man started getting personal, then. "Do you speak English? Are you American?" he asked.

She replied, "Yes," and tried to ignore him again.

The stranger proceeded to badger her with questions. "Where are your genetics from? Are you Korean?"

She notes that other men standing nearby were making eye contact with her, as if to indicate this man's behavior was odd.

"I kind of had this feeling this guy is trying to bother me," said Heo to BuzzFeed News.

Outside, Heo caught sight of the man, who continued to badger her. She started filming him and asked him why he was harassing her. The man flew into a racist rant.

"Fuck you, go back to Asia," he said, flipping his middle finger at her. "Let's nuke you, Trump, god bless Trump, we're going to nuke you guys," he cheered in a sing-songy voice like a child, walking around Heo in circles.

"You're ugly and you have a flat face and a ugly nose," he continued, then said Asian men had 'small d--ks'.

Heo stopped filming, and as the man was walking away, another man on the street walked up to him and punched him. It was one of the two men who were making eye contact with her on the train.  

"Immediate street justice," said Heo.

"Get back in your cage, you n--gers are all the same," the racist man shouted at the man who punched him. He also began shouting that he was calling the police.

The Los Angeles Police Department reviewed the video and said, "It’s basically two people who are having a verbal disagreement, but no actual crime has been committed."

Heo posted the video online to raise awareness that racism is getting out of control with some people. "A lot of people think I’ve been victimized. I don't feel like I'm victimized, I’m very proud of the way I handled the situation," she said.

Facebook ended up deleting the video, claiming it was 'against the community standards'. Before it was taken down, it got a number of supportive responses.

Some locals said they recognized the guy harassing Heo.

"Everyone knows who this guy is because he wears those aviator sunglasses," said Kaj-Erik Eriksen on Twitter. "He always wears those jeans."

Eriksen works at the gym of which the racist man is a member. He said when he went to work after seeing the video, he asked his managers to terminate the guy's membership. "If these racists want to come out of the woodwork and be so ballsy, they have to suffer the consequences,” he said.

The gym, 24 Hour Fitness, is looking into the situation.

"If that were to happen, how does that change his ideologies though? How does it get to the source of his hate or his ignorance or his pain or his trauma? I don't know if it does," said Heo to BuzzFeed.

"That might just aggravate his anger towards people who are 'other'. I think it’s enough that it went viral and his face is exposed."

Source: Complex
Photo: YouTube

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