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.
Trump’s hamfisted attempt to wag the dog with Iran unraveled fast
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
We can’t say with any certainty that Iran wasn’t behind the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman this week, but it is clear that the Trump regime’s account of what happened unraveled very quickly. Shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a video of a small vessel removing something Pompeo said was a mine from the damaged port side of one of the ships, the vessel's owner said that it had actually been struck on its starboard side, above the waterline, by a flying object. If this were in fact an effort to pull a Gulf of Tonkin, then the fact that this was the best dog-wagging they could conjure up would be downright pathetic.
Dem lawmaker serves notice to Hope Hicks that Trump won’t be able to save her when he grills her during Wednesday’s hearing
On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC's Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.
"Let's talk about Hope Hicks," said Witt. "What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?"
"Here's what's important about Hope Hicks," said Deutch. "She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that's the reason that she's a prominent figure in the Mueller report."
Here is how ABC gave a helping hand to Donald Trump in his bid to be re-elected
On Friday morning, some affiliates in ABC News’ digital division posted an article promoting an online “birthday card” for President Donald Trump — who turned 73. The “card” turned out to be linked to a petition website created by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC). And those ABC affiliates, according to the Daily Beast, helped Trump and the RNC add to their e-mail lists.
“Happy Birthday, Mr. President!,” the content read. “To help him celebrate, the GOP has made him a digital birthday card.”