Sickening footage has emerged of a customer beating a manager at McDonald’s after he refused to put on a face mask inside the restaurant.
The incident happened on July 14 in Hong Kong, a day after the government announced strict Covid-19 measures that people must wear face masks in public.
In the clip shared on to Facebook, the 26-year-old man and his female friend walk into the McDonald’s store in Tuen Mun and are seen standing in front of the counter without wearing a face mask.
He shouts at the staff: “Can I order food then? F*** you!”
The man forces his way behind the counter and grabs the manager by his shirt before punching his face.
The manager covers his head while being pushed to another side of the exit. Other customers can also be heard telling the perpetrator to stop the beating.
As the manager falls to the ground, the man stomps on his head and continues swearing.
Local news outlet Radio Television Hong Kong report the man became violent when staff reminded him to put on his face mask.
Police attended the scene after receiving reports from the locals and arrested three men, aged 25 to 27, on suspicion of assault and property damage.
Chief Inspector Mo Siu-hei of Tuen Mun police department said in today’s press conference that the manager suffered injuries to the hand and the eyes.
He added that the suspect fled the scene in a van with two other men, including the suspect’s older brother, who owned the vehicle.
Two of the three men, aged 26 and 27, had been released on bail, pending further inquiries. The customer was arrested on Wednesday night.
Inspector Mo appealed to the public to “comply with public health regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic”.
A statement from McDonald’s said: “We attach great importance to the health and safety of customers and employees, and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s anti-epidemic measures, including temporarily not serving people with fever or not wearing masks.
“We will continue to implement McDonald’s Hong Kong’s commitment to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.”