Portland food cart operator calls black woman the N-word and throws bottle at her after she asks to pay with quarters: witnesses
A food cart owner in Portland, Oregon, throws a bottle at a black woman who asked to pay in quarters/Screenshot

A food cart operator in Portland, Oregon, started a fight with a black woman after she asked to pay in quarters, witnesses say.

The beginning of the altercation happens off-camera, but when the footage starts, Carlotta Washington complains of being called the N-word after she asked the man, Islam Elmasry, to pay in quarters.

The woman said that after the bottle was thrown she was doused in hot sauce.

"It was in my eyes and all on my skin. It was burning terribly," Washington told local newspaper Willamette Week.

Portland woman Rachel Good witnesses the escalating event. She said that the cart operator sprayed the black woman with hot sauce and continued to insult her. Good helped her afterwards, driving her home.

"It was crazy," she told Raw Story. "It was awful to watch."

In a video captured on a cell phone, the woman accuses the cart’s operator of insulting her for trying to pay with change.

"Just because you didn't want to take coins you're calling me out in my name, you're calling me a n*gger. Now what else do you want to call me? Now you don't have anything else to say, do you?" she says.

"Get the f*ck out from here!" he yells. "Get the f*ck out from here!"

The man then approaches her with a bottle of yellow Gatorade in his hand and, after the woman says "don't you hit me with that," throws the bottle of Gatorade at her, knocking her phone onto the pavement.

The woman is in disbelief.

"You don't do that, you stupid son-of-a-b*tch," she says.

Bystanders immediately come to the woman's defense. "You don't do that," says one man. "That was wrong," says another.

One Portland man who witnessed the incident, Tony Coleman, said he was so upset by witnessing it that he cried.

"She was covered in sauce and crying" he said.

The woman asks bystanders to call the police as the man again yells "Get the f*ck out from here!"

The cart operator did not answer his phone or respond to a voicemail. A woman who bystanders identified as the victim also did not immediately respond to a phone call.

The local weekly reports that cart operator Islam Elmasry was booked into county jail.

Watch the shocking footage below.