Saturday 17 November, 2018

VIDEO: Amid protest, Chinese shop owner 'sorry' for slapping girl

Screenshot shows a shop operator grabbing a child inside her business establishment.

Screenshot shows a shop operator grabbing a child inside her business establishment.

A Chinese businesswoman on Monday, amid protest by residents in a Trelawny town, apologised to a child she was caught on camera abusing inside her shop last month.

Yuemei Pan, who walked away free from court after no evidence was offered in the case, was on Monday forced to close her Clark's Town business early as residents demonstrated at the front of the shop.

They were joined in the protest by entertainer Mr Vegas, who was among hundreds of Jamaicans who expressed outrage after viewing a viral video showing the businesswoman grabbing and slapping a girl she accused of stealing.

Bowing to public pressure, Pan apologised to the girl, a video of which was shared online by Mr Vegas.

Residents told a Loop News team in the area that they were not pleased that Pan was freed of the charge.

"What took place at the shop should have never happened and I think it was disrespectful on the part of the shop owner," said Owen Brown, who was among the residents who demonstrated.

 The shop owner’s apology did little to quell the anger of some residents.

 "I welcome the news that she apologised but I think more should have been done,” Kedisha Smith told Loop News.

Clark's Town police were at the scene of the protest and reported that they had the situation under control.