Sep 11 2021
A Wells Fargo bank manager in California was reportedly beaten up after his workday ended by a customer who refused to wear a face mask upon entering the bank.
The manager of the bank Grover Beach was attacked by the customer in the parking lot of the bank on September 3 and was called a racist insult, the Tribune of San Louis Obispo reported.
The alleged assailant reportedly entered the bank lobby without a face mask and left shortly after having a dispute with the manager, but later returned and attacked the bank manager.
“The guy came home, he plotted, he watched, he ambushed me. And he called me ‘sp–‘,” said the Hispanic manager, identified as ‘A’. for security reasons, according to the newspaper. “I’m like, ‘God, you know, he’s completely degenerated on his own. He didn’t like the idea of having to wear a mask.'”
A. said he greeted the customer and offered them an additional face mask to wear in the lobby to protect against COVID. But the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, refused and became hostile.
The suspect allegedly began to search the cabinets and drawers of the bank, prompting A. to warn him that he would call the police. He then responded by saying to A. “Well, you f —— sp–. Come outside.”
The bank manager responded by saying, “I’d better not catch you outside. Some kind of famous last words.”
The man then left the bank but returned to the Wells Fargo parking lot and attacked A., who had by then finished his job and was attempting to get into his car.
According to Tribune, A. said the suspect grabbed him by the back and pushed him towards a small wall and started to “moan” at him.
“I am starting to recover a bit and realize that I am under attack,” A. said, recalling the incident.
The two men fought and A. attempted to suffocate the suspect at one point. Meanwhile, a colleague who was leaving the bank at the same time called the police.
When the suspect attempted to escape, A. said he ran after him to chase him, but at one point the suspect fled and disappeared as police approached the scene.
A. suffered a concussion and lacerations to his head, hand and face, according to his wife.
He said he informed police at the scene of the details of the incident and was told they would contact him after the weekend, but he heard nothing on Wednesday, according to the Tribune.
A report has been filed with Grover Beach Police regarding a battery and hate crime that took place in the Wells Fargo parking lot. It is not known whether A. filed the report himself or whether someone filed it on his behalf.
Police confirmed they were investigating the incident but did not reveal any other details, including the name of the suspect and information about the victim.
“If necessary, we can post an image on social media of the suspect if we are unable to identify him for sure in the near future,” said Grover Beach Police Chief John Peters. Tribune.
News week contacted Grover Beach Police but had not received a response at time of posting.
Disputes have unfolded over mask warrants amid the surge in COVID cases. Last month, a man was filmed urinating in front of Dairy Queen workers in Canada after he was asked to wear a face mask.