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Shocking moment man smashes up Cambodian shop, claiming owner won’t serve him because he is white

An American man has smashed up a shop in Cambodia after claiming that the owner refused to serve him water because he was white.

The shocking moment, captured on footage taken at a store in the southern city of Kampot, shows the man tipping over crates and hitting hanging displays with his fist.

During an expletive-filled tirade, he calls the shopkeeper a ‘racist c***’ and claims she refused to sell him water because he is white.

The man can be heard imitating the woman’s shouts after he knocks over some produce before telling her to ‘f*** off’.

He appears to be returning to his scooter parked outside the shop, before going back in, throwing boxes around and continuing to verbally abuse the shopkeeper.

The shirtless man continually hits hanging displays before punching one and knocking it to the ground as onlookers tentatively gather outside.

‘I don’t give a f***, You f***ing sell people water when they come here for water you f***ing racist c***,’ he barks.

An American man has smashed up a shop in Cambodia after claiming that the owner refused to serve him water because he was white

The shocking moment, captured on footage taken at a store in the southern city of Kampot, shows the man tipping over crates and hitting hanging displays with his fist

The shocking moment, captured on footage taken at a store in the southern city of Kampot, shows the man tipping over crates and hitting hanging displays with his fist

Shouting from the street, the man flashes his middle fingers at the woman who appears to be on the phone.

The angry shopper climbs onto his scooter, shouting: ‘Who’s going to come back when they’ve got you swimming in the f***ing ocean again?,’ in an apparent reference to a humanitarian crisis which began in 1975 following the takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.   

Hundreds of thousands fled the country in 1978 when Vietnam invaded and ousted the Khmer Rouge, crossing the land border into Thailand.

The man appears to be conflating this mass movement with the wider Indochinese refugee crisis of the late 1970s.

Hundreds of thousands of so-called ‘boat people’ fled Vietnam beginning in 1978, three years after Communist rule began.

Twenty Western countries, including the United States accepted 623,800 refugees, most of them boat people.    

The unidentified man was arrested by local police a few hours after the incident, according to local media

The man was also photographed on the back of a police motorcycle (right)

The unidentified man was arrested by local police a few hours after the incident, according to local media. He was also photographed on the back of a police motorcycle (right)

During an expletive-filled tirade, the man calls the shopkeeper a 'racist c**t' and claims she refused to sell him water because he is white

During an expletive-filled tirade, the man calls the shopkeeper a ‘racist c**t’ and claims she refused to sell him water because he is white

‘We’re the only ones who came and pulled your sorry a**** out of the f***ing water,’ the man says in the video.

‘Ask your f***ing refugee friends who came and got you out of the ocean after they slaughtered you?,’ he says before scooting off.  

Video of the man’s rampage was shared on Facebook by the store owner, named only as ‘Asrey Kampot’.  

They appealed for help to identify the man and bring him to justice, saying: ‘Please help the international community catch a foreigner who destroyed my goods and abused my body without knowing the reason why. I hope that the police will help to find justice.’

It is not clear why the man was refused service, though local media noted he was not wearing a face mask or a helmet for the scooter he arrived on – both required under current laws.

However several other people are seen passing on scooters without helmets in the video. 

It is not clear why the man was refused service, though local media noted he was not wearing a face mask or a helmet for the scooter he arrived on - both required under current laws. Pictured: Damaged goods following the incident

It is not clear why the man was refused service, though local media noted he was not wearing a face mask or a helmet for the scooter he arrived on – both required under current laws. Pictured: Damaged goods following the incident

Video of the man's rampage was shared on Facebook by the store owner, named only as 'Asrey Kampot'. They appealed for help to identify the man and bring him to justice Pictured: Damaged goods following the incident

Video of the man’s rampage was shared on Facebook by the store owner, named only as ‘Asrey Kampot’. They appealed for help to identify the man and bring him to justice Pictured: Damaged goods following the incident

The unidentified man was arrested by local police a few hours after the incident, according to local media. He was also photographed on the back of a police motorcycle. 

Some on social media have called for the man to be sent to prison and deported after serving his sentence, as well as paying for the damage caused.

It remains unclear whether the man’s accusations of racism will be investigated.       

A large number of foreign nationals live in Kampot, which has suffered in the last year due to the collapse of the tourism industry, the main means of income for many expats living there.

It is not clear whether the man in the footage was a resident or a visiting tourist. 


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