'How Do You Feel About ISIS': New York Man Goes on Islamophobic Tirade, Attacks Muslim Workers

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According to a report in the Daily News, a restaurant in midtown Manhattan was the scene of an Islamophobic hate crime, leaving one man arrested for hate crimes and one Muslim-owned business reeling. 

Late Monday night, Robert Murino, 26, allegedly ordered a slice of pizza at Salt and Pepper restaurant near Herald Square before he began yelling at the largely Muslim staff, "How do you feel about ISIS?"

The workers, who are of Pakistan, Indian and Bangladesh nationality, tried to calm the situation. One, Tahir Mahood of Queens, was allegedly slapped in the face when he confronted an irate Murino. Murino left, only to return a few minutes later. He picked up a chair and smashed two glass partitions. The workers claim the alledged assailant was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

"He came up to me and ordered a slice of pizza. He was swaying," Lina Parvin told the Daily News. "I thought he was drunk. I gave him the pizza and we went to sit down."

“Then he comes up to me yelling, 'Where are my fries? Where are my fries?' I told him I didn't charge him for fries but he kept yelling, 'You f------ lady, give me my fries. Lady, I'm going to f--- you up,’” Parvin told the Daily News.

The NYPD came to the scene and eventually charged Murino with criminal mischief as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime.

In the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13 that left 129 dead, Islamophobic hate crime is on the rise in both Europe and the United States. 

“I've been here for the last two years and nothing ever happened like this before," Mahood told the Daily News. "As a Muslim, I want to be polite, I don't want to fight anyone."

h/t Raw Story

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