Flushing McDonald’s employee smacks customer

Flushing McDonald’s employee smacks customer

FlushingMcDonaldsA man is suing a McDonald’s franchise in Flushing after an employee at the location refused to serve him and smacked away his phone saying, “We don’t serve people like you,” according to one witness.

James Jin Kim was trying to record a cellphone video of an employee who was refusing to serve him when he got a broom smack in the hand from employee Rooshi Sajjad, as seen in an overhead video first posted by CBS2.

Kim’s attorney Christine Bae confirmed that he is suing the franchise for $10 million in relation to the incident, which occurred in February.

Police records show that Sajjad was charged with attempted assault in connection with the incident, to which Sajjad pleaded guilty.

Sajjad is still employed at the location, and according to the Queens DDA, charges will be dropped in one month if no other trouble rises.

Franchise owner Luigi Solimeo has remained silent about the incident, save for a brief statement.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of my customers and employees,” Solimeo said. “The video does not capture all of the details surrounding that event last February. As this is a legal and personnel matter, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”


Passenger escorted off plane at LaGuardia Airport

A passenger was tossed off a plane at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday, DEC. 23rd, after going berserk — because American Airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheery gate agent began welcoming everyone with the joyous greeting.

The grouchy passenger barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man yelled as he walked past her.

Once on the plane, he was kindly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas,” which seemed to trigger Christmas cheer overload for the man.

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man erupted, as he began lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their error.3932968484_7d609d1daf_b

The crew tried to calm the unidentified man, but he refused to concede and continued heckling them.

He was escorted off the plane as other fliers burst into applause.


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Flushing is home to Queens’ slowest bus

DSC09321For anyone who’s ever ridden the Q58 bus from Main Street to Ridgewood and wondered if it could possibly go any slower, the answer is maybe not.

The Q58 was voted as Queens’ slowest bus as part of the New York Public Interest Research Group Straphangers’ Campaign’s latest Pokey Awards, traveling an unforgivably slow average of 7.7 mph.

The good news here is that Queens’ slowest bus is still faster than the slowest buses in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Local leaders to gather in protest of construction problems at Flushing Commons tomorrow morning

State Senator Tony Avella will join local community and business leaders Mr. Ikhwan Rim, President of the Union Street Merchants Association, and Ms. Kristen Colligan, President of the Korean American Parents Association to demand that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) take action on long-standing traffic problems caused by Flushing Commons construction.

Despite working for months to try to resolve these issues, pedestrians still struggle to walk along a street robbed of its sidewalk and local businesses still lose money by the day, according to a press release that came out of Avella’s office earlier today.

BREAKING: NICE investigating after customer video shows irate driver

The Nassau Inter-County Express bus service is investigating after a video surfaced on YouTube allegedly showing one of its drivers repeatedly saying “F*** You!” to a customer asking for a transfer.

YouTube user Zulfiqar Ali posted the video, which has so far received 1,455 views, on December 1.  @Pat_chou90 shared it on Twitter on December 4.

A media representative for the bus service said that currently, “NICE is trying to facts” about the incident.

“The video does not show what led up to this incident.  The brief clip only shows the reaction of our Operator.  However, NICE is deeply concerned about this incident.  We are currently investigating this situation and will take appropriate action, as necessary.”

The Flushing Blog has not yet been able to verify the time and location of this incident, though @Pat_chou90 said in his Tweet that it occurred in Flushing, Queens.

Other posts on Chou90’s rather sparsely populated Twitter feed include, “#25MPH is a JOKE,” “Park Slope, too many rich folks,” “nice bus sucks,” “M15 bus suck,” and “nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.”

Former Queens Library trustees accuse Beep of misleading public

After Borough President Melinda Katz announced last week that a lawsuit filed against her by six former trustees of the Queens Library Board had been dismissed, those same trustees accused her of presenting misleading information about the case.

The trustees released a statement saying the Katz’s press release regarding the case dismissal was “disingenuous, if not outright misleading.”

According to the ousted trustees, they chose to “dismiss [the] action because it was no longer in their interest as volunteers to spend personal money on litigation.”

But the borough president’s release, they said, “suggests a decision by the court on the merits” of the case.

In her release, Katz wrote that the lawsuit was “a bitter attempt by the removed trustees at personal retaliation devoid of consideration for the public interest.”

“The court’s action underscores just how specious their claims were, and I am gratified this has finally been dismissed from official course of business,” her statement read.

Additionally, the trustees said, the press release credits the new board with a number of achievements “that in fact were conceived or implemented under the watch of the prior board.”

Included in those successes were a program that allows library customers to borrow mobile WiFi hotspots, the beginning of construction on the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Library in the Rockaways, the start of a National External Diploma Program, and the creation of two new Friends of the Library groups in Arverne and Briarwood.

The former trustees claim that they were a part of the development or implementation of all of those projects.

“The former trustees are proud of what they have done and wish the library well in finishing the job that they started,” they wrote in their response to Katz’s press release.

When asked about the former trustees’ accusations, Katz did not specifically address any of the claims.

“The lawsuit has been dismissed, the case is closed,” a spokesperson for Katz said.


Residents say more affordable senior housing needed in Flushing

With applications now submitted for a new development project at Flushing’s Municipal Lot 3 on 41st Avenue, nearly 4,000 local seniors, family members and residents have banded together to call for the inclusion of housing for the elderly at the site.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is currently reviewing responses to its request for proposals (RFP) on the property.

Michael Koo of the Chinese American Business Association helped put together a petition over the last two weeks in response to what he calls a crisis for seniors living in Flushing.

“We want to see senior housing,” Michael said. “Our people are going to Jamaica or going to the Bronx. They don’t want that. It’s too far and it’s strange for them.”

Koo brought the stack of signatures to Councilman Peter Koo’s office, located at 135-27 28th Avenue, in hopes of his support for the additional senior housing.

“Because of the pending development of Municipal Lot 3, there is a potential for a senior building there,” Councilman Peter Koo said at a roundtable meeting in his office last week.

The councilman added that well-planned senior housing is especially important and it must be close to transportation or near local amenities because of disabilities that often come along with old age.

“I will turn this in to the mayor’s office and also let HPD know that the seniors in our community really want more senior housing,” he said. “A lot of them have waited more than 10 years to get into senior housing.”

Councilman Peter Koo and CABA member Michael Koo hold roughly 4,000 signatures in support of additional senior housing in Flushing.

Seniors join Councilman Peter Koo at his office to discuss their frustration with the lack of senior housing in their community.


Flushing Chamber of Commerce Launch Party

On Thursday, December 11, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce invite you to their launch party from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at FLUSHING TOWN HALL, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. Flushing, NY 11354. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chamber-launch-party-tickets-13316262299


Grace Meng, Toby Ann Stavisky, Ron Kim, Nily Rozic, Peter Koo, Peter Tu, Simon Gerson, Christopher Kui, Ernesto Vigoreaux, Jukay Hsu, Don Capalbi, Mabel Law, Alfred Rankins, James Chen, Ellen Kodadek, Helen Lee, Alfonso Quiroz, Shaokao Cheng, Edna Rutledge, Todd Yeung, Taehoon Kim, Jane Wong, Maureen Regan, Regina Im, Alice Lee, Lloyd Cambridge, Joseph Xu, Jack Friedman + John Choe invite all to the official Launch Party.

Network and connect as you help launch the Flushing community into the 21st century. Experience world-class cuisine + culture.

For info, contact JOHN CHOE at GREATERFLUSHING@GMAIL.COM or call 646-783-8985. The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce Inc. is a nonprofit membership association registered in the State of New York.

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