Repairmen who were called to do some work at an upscale apartment complex in Century City said they were subjected to racist accusations by a resident who even threw hot coffee on one of them, scalding the man in the process.
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The incident occurred in the 2300 block of Fox Hills Drive in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4.
The worker, Miguel Sanchez, hired as a contractor said he and his coworker had shown up to do repairs on an owner’s unit when an apparently irate woman, with her two dogs in tow, physically prevented them from driving into the garage.
Sanchez said he decided to record the encounter after the woman accused them of being criminals and even used a racial slur against them. Sanchez shared to local media: “She was calling us wetbacks, and that we were probably there to steal stuff. After all those racial comments on us, I got my phone out and started recording."
In the video, Sanchez could be heard expressing his gripe, saying: “There’s a lady being super racist and crazy right now. She doesn't let us in; we work here.”
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In their desire to prove that they have work to do in the area, and had the permission of the unit owner, the two workers pulled out the garage remote and unit keys given to them by the owner. However, instead of being reassured, they said that their gesture only made the woman a lot angrier.
Sanchez said the woman next did the shocking thing: "She took two steps forward and she threw the coffee directly at my face.”
LAPD officers responded to the scene. They noticed that Sanchez’s face was still bright red. The officers could not make any move, however, since they didn’t notice the actual incident of the coffee-throwing. For things to move, Sanchez would have to request a private person arrest.
The footage of Sanchez’s recorded video was posted online and has since gone viral.
Surprisingly, Sanchez decided not to take any action against the woman. He justified his decision by saying he wasn’t severely burned, anyway. More importantly, he expressed fears that any action he would have taken might negatively affect his relationship with the company contracting him.
Had Sanchez pursued complaints against the woman, the LAPD said the woman would have been detained on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.
Many online are criticizing Sanchez for opting not to take any action against the woman. He defended his decision and stated: “I can make a difference in this world, knowing that if I act like this, maybe it will make others think that we’re not so bad, just the color my skin or the job that I do.”
The woman has not given her reaction on the matter.