AL.com is reporting that a restaurant owner in Birmingham, Alabama fired a gunshot at a customer who had the gall to complain about a cockroach in her food.
In the early evening of February 6, at the now ironically named Good Friend Chinese and Seafood, mother Jatari Walker complained to restaurant owner ChunHin Ching, about a bug she had found in her egg roll. WVTM Alabama’s 13 News reports that the owner and customer argued until Mr. Ching relented and gave Ms. Walker her money back. This story should end here, but sadly it doesn’t. The 52-year-old restaurateur then grabbed a gun and fired it in her direction. He was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder.
WBRC Fox 6 News reports that those living on the west side of Birmingham aren’t entirely happy with what happened. The West End Manor Neighborhood Association has begun a protest and boycott of the restaurant, holding signs that are both clever and chilling, like “If the food doesn’t kill, the owner might.” City councilor Sheila Tyson told the neighborhood association that she is working to keep the restaurant closed while police investigate the incident.
Let’s not forget the whole bug inside the egg roll part of the equation. Ms. Tyson also told WBRC that the Jefferson County Health Department will be visiting Good Friend Chinese and Seafood at some point this week for an inspection. The news station has tried to speak with Chun Hin Ching to get his side of the story, but have not been able to reach him as of yet. We took a look at online reviews of the eatery, but there aren’t enough to fully gauge how well liked it was before February 6.
As for Jatari Walker, she’s grateful to be alive yet is still haunted by the moment, telling WVTM, “I was scared. I was just thinking about life, my baby, everything…my family…everything.”
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