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.”