Arine Kim and her friend were enjoying a meal at an In-N-Out Burger in San Ramon, California when they were confronted with racist language and threats on Christmas Eve.
The interaction was caught on video where the aggressor also spewed homophobic remarks as Kim and her friend were filming themselves while tasting menu items at In-N-Out.
A man approached them from behind before saying, “You’re filming yourself eating? You’re weird homosexuals.” The duo laughed out shocked as they were not prepared for such an attack. That was not the end of their interaction as the man returned to their table and asked, “Are you Japanese or Korean? Are you Kim Jong Un’s boyfriend? You have gay sex with him?”
Initially, both of them did not realize that the man was being serious and Kim’s friend responded jokingly, asking the man if he could take him out to dinner. Kim, however, quickly realized the incident could escalate, and she repeatedly told her friend, “Stop.” The man then proceeded to threaten to spit on their face.
Later, the man returned yet again to hurl a homophobic slur at Kim’s friend as he referred to himself as a slave master before hurling. He then added: “See you outside in a minute.”
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Arine Kim later told KRON4 that when the man re-entered the joint to pick up his order, he harassed other customers of different minority groups. She added that the man also proceeded to gesture at her and her friend while smoking cigarettes outside.
The pair were among the last to leave the In-N-Out outlet before it closed. Even then they asked one of the joint’s employees to check whether the man was lurking outside before dashing to their car. “My friend and I were a bit shaken after the incident but I’m just grateful we’re both safe and out of harm’s way,” Kim told KRON4.
Kim later posted the video to her social media, which caught the attention of San Ramon Police Chief Denton Carlson. Carlson retweeted her video and asked Kim and her friend to reach out.
Chief Carlson tweeted a photo of the suspected individual just before 4 p.m. on Sunday. The photo, which showed the man inside a silver Mustang with Florida license plates, was taken on Christmas morning when the man in the photo exhibited “similar behavior.”