Man Who Was Told “The Nazis Will Kill You” at Costco Recounts the Assault to VINnews

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — After a video went viral showing an Orthodox Jewish man being told “the Nazis will ****ing kill you” in a Five Towns Costco, VINnews made contact with the victim to hear his side of the story.

[Anti-Semitic Thug that Threatened Jewish Man In Lawrence Costco Has Been Arrested]

The following in part is his retelling of the incident.

“Now that I can finally sit down, I will try to write out what transpired at the Lawrence Costco today and share some of my thoughts and reflections. Some of the quotes may not be verbatim, as I did not write down notes at the moment. Getting back to my family was of greater import at that time than transcribing the exact words used. Let me just share a disclaimer here, that I have the utmost respect for our men and women in blue and always make a point of stopping any officer in the street to thank them for their service. Here we go…

I was in the Men’s Room in Costco when a man walked out of one of the stalls. He said, “[expletive] Jew, the Nazis will finish you off.” I turned around to see who had said that. I quickly followed him out of the bathroom, taking out my phone to get him on video to share on Social Media, outing this bigot while demonstrating that there is this type of bigotry, even here at “home” in the Five Towns.

As you saw in the video, at first he tried to deny it. I pressed him by saying, “say it to my face.” To indicate that I had no desire to get physical, I kept my left hand down at my side while holding up the phone with my right hand. After a few times of my telling him to “say it to my face,” he went on the rant you saw in the video. In the video you will notice there is a Hispanic woman in black clothing at the counter, I found out later that she is his mother. Behind me were a number of people standing in line, white and African-American. No reaction from anyone, other than one elderly African-American gentleman who was shaking his head in disgust.

During the rant, you can see that he threatens me with physical harm and lunged at me twice. I just moved back at each attempt, as I was not interested in a physical altercation.

I went to the managers counter and shared the video with two of the managers. One of them, David, asked me to step behind the counter as the assailant was following me. When the assailant walked back towards the food court, David followed him.

I went back to my wife and son, who were shopping, blissfully unaware of what had happened. I proceeded to send the videos to a group chat on Whatsapp, where a lawyer friend of mine said that it constitutes a hate crime, which should be reported to the police. I informed my wife, and headed toward the exit of the store to call the police.

Wanting to be courteous to David and Costco, I went back to him to inform him that I’d be calling the police. David shared that he was going to go over to the food counter to get his membership number and then inform the fellow that his membership will be cancelled and will never be welcome in a Costco again. The assailant walked away when he saw David, so David followed him outside. As he passed the return line, the assailant told another Jew, “I’m going out to get my gun and will come back to shoot you up.” David then proceeded to call the police, all the while following him to his car. David took the license plate number, providing it to the police.

After calling the police to file a report and share the video, a rather pleasant police officer arrived. I showed him the video and shared all the above. He said that there isn’t much he can do. I responded, “he clearly threatened physical harm, and besides, a lawyer friend told me this constitutes a hate crime. I’d like to file a report.”

I could not believe what he told me next. “Once you followed him out of the bathroom, you became the aggressor.” Right then another officer showed up. The first officer told me to repeat the story to the second officer, which I proceeded to do. The second officer said, “what you did wasn’t so smart. Clearly this guy is mentally ill and you were provoking him.” He then went on to theorize to the first officer what what medication he may be on (Risperidone being his number one choice).

The first officer then told me he would pass it on at the squad and maybe a detective would take on the case. I reminded him that the assailant had made a very clear threat to another person, witnessed by David. He went inside the store to interview David. At this point I went back inside to my wife and son, while uploading the video to facebook.

In the past six hours or so there were 5k views, with hundreds of shares, comments and reactions. At about 10:15pm I received a notice from Facebook that they removed the post for violating their “Community Standards.”

I would like to address the issue of the police, as the police in general do not deserve to be maligned to any extent based on the actions of the officers that responded today. Any man or woman who puts on that uniform, swearing to protect us with their very own lives, deserves nothing but our utmost respect.

I strongly believe that the current political climate we live in has brought about the actions of the police today. A Jew being verbally attacked does not fit the narrative that the current local government, both in Nassau County and NYC, want painted. There is much commentary on that, which I do not have the stamina to type up now. We shall return to that later. In my humble opinion, the upper echelons and political figures may not be overtly saying it, but the message is being given that threats to Jews are not to be taken seriously.

Eventually, the officer gave the case to the detectives. They called me down to the station. They apologized profusely for what was told to me and are writing a report now. Additionally, the second male who was accosted by the perp reached out to me and called the precinct. The cops are really amazing people. More updates to follow.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. For heavens sake- why are you poking the tiger?

    A guy says something like that to you- IGNORE and move on.

    Why in heavens name are you following him and taking a video clip (duh)

    A little brains. Not a lot. Just a bit.

    I’m sorry- the most disturbing part of the clip- is your reaction.

    • For a little hateful comment here & there, I would also think to just ignore it, but this seems a lot more than that.
      What would happen if C”V next week there is a shooting in NY by this guy, what would you say then, “Oh, hes just off his meds, thats why he did it,” or that it was “the Jews fault”. This behavior will only get worse as its becoming more common place and more “tolerated” in the world to openly verbally abuse Jews. If we don’t make a stand now, who will fight for us when they come for us (with guns).

    • Typical Ghetto Jew coward.

      Back in the 80s, had this piece of garbage mouthed off to the wrong person, he would t be going to jail… he’d be eating through a straw for the 6 months it took for his broken jaw to heal.

  2. Policemen are just people like anyone else. Some are good some suck. They don’t deserve my respect more than anyone else who does an honest job. Don’t put them on a pedestal. They’re not moser nefesh for anything.

  3. The reactions of the initial cops, really don’t surprise me, as they “don’t want to rock the boat”, especially if the assailant is a minority member. Also, they would have to write reports, and they are too lazy to do so. Surely, once the Manager of Costco took down the license plate number of the car, the driver could be identified, and the perp can be arrested for his threatening remarks. While it may have not been the smartest thing for the Jewish man who was accosted to have followed the perp, he was not doing anything illegal, and was within his rights to video the perp. The perp. was clearly threatening the Jew, because the person was a Jew. The idiotic cop seemed to be making an excuse for the assailant, by stating that he may have been on some drug.

  4. People in the Five Towns are clueless. They live their lives like they own the country. Drive extravagant cars , live in ostantacious houses, flaunt their wealth in the gentile faces and they wonder why the guy hates the Jew. How about a little less gashmius, focus on the fact that you are in galus and that Jews are to keep a low profile, then maybe you wont be confronted by hate

    • It’s not exclusive to the 5 towns. We have the same issue right here in Flatbush/Midwood. Come take a look at the Ocean Parkway area (from East 2nd going east till east 10th. From Ave I to U). You will see our friends from a Country North of Israel, building monster, in your face, mansions of epic proportions. Each one out spending and out doing the next one. Then put 2 Mercedes and/or Range Rovers in the double driveway. I’ll poke your eyes out whether you like it or not. Then they try to put on this act like “we are just like you”. We’re simple folks. We also have ahavat yitrael.

      • These G-D fearing people give alot of their wealth to Tzedeka, they aren’t breaking Halacha and are not required to live like paupers.

        I used to think exactly like you did it’s easy to hate on the ‘showy’ but I realized it stems from subconscious jealousy.

        lets try to just love our fellow Yidden.

        And the first reply, we all make spelling mistakes – please try to be kind,

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