Police investigate video of restaurant employee in London, Ont. yelling racial slurs at customer

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Nuriddin Amruddin, the owner of Bamyan Afghan Cuisine on Richmond Row, said his partner who was captured yelling obscenities at customers on Saturday has now been removed and asked to stay off premises. (Sara Jabakhanji/CBC - image credit)
Nuriddin Amruddin, the owner of Bamyan Afghan Cuisine on Richmond Row, said his partner who was captured yelling obscenities at customers on Saturday has now been removed and asked to stay off premises. (Sara Jabakhanji/CBC - image credit)

The owner of a London, Ont. restaurant says police are investigating after a co-owner was captured on video yelling obscenities at customers.

Nuriddin Amruddin, the owner of Bamyan Afghan Cuisine on Richmond Row, said his partner who had been involved in the incident has now been fired and asked to stay off the premises.

The video making rounds online showed the employee yelling obscenities and saying "I don't want to serve you guys," and telling the people recording to "get out." He references Pakistan as their country of origin and says he "hates" them.

In the video, a woman is also heard yelling, "This is a hate crime."

CBC News has not spoken to the people who filmed the video. A family friend said Tuesday afternoon that they did not want to speak to media. CBC News was unable to contact the employee in the video at the time of publication.

Hadayat Beedar, chef manager at Bamyan, said phones were ringing "off the hook" after the video began circulating online with many people calling to threaten the store staff.

"Some people are calling in concerned, some people are calling to support us, others are simply just threatening ... a lot of cussing, swearing," said Beedar. "They think it's me when I answer the phone."

Beedar said the incident involved the now former co-owner and 3 customers, a husband, wife and son, and that it took place on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m, when neither he nor the owner were present.

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Police now investigating footage

London police confirmed they have visited the restaurant but as of Tuesday they had not received a formal complaint related to the incident.

Twelve minutes of security camera video has been passed on to police but the restaurant's owner said it has no audio.

Both Amruddin and Beedar say they do not condone that kind of behaviour at their establishment.

"[But] those kinds of behaviours should not be tolerated, and neither are we going to allow that to happen. We'll make sure that never ever happens again."