The food cart owner who allegedly sprayed a woman with sriracha and called her a racial epithet has admitted to doing so. Last week, a food cart owner was arrested for misdemeanor harassment and assault after he threw a bottle of Gatorade at customer Carlotta Washington, who is black. Islam El Masry, the owner of Small Pharoah’s halal cart, discussed the incident in two YouTube videos, the Oregonian first reported. He admits to calling her a racial slur, claiming he was irritable while fasting for Ramadan and that the exchange was an escalation after exchanging a series of insults.
“I really feel bad and I really feel sorry for what happened to me and for her too, both of us,” he says in the first released video. El Masry lashed out after Washington attempted to pay for her meal with quarters. Below, view the video of the incident, shared with Willamette Week by an eyewitness.
Washington has had trouble sleeping since the incident, she told the O. “I don’t understand why it happened, and the trauma of it is really what’s getting to me — having to relive it in my mind,” she said. El Masry says he may return to his home country of Egypt. He also claims he’s been in similar incidents in the past, exchanging extremely charged language. People on Yelp and Facebook have taken to Small Pharoah’s pages, hitting the cart with a number of one-star reviews in reference to the incident. But Portland’s high-powered public shaming machine has a small glitch: According to a recent Willamette Week story, protesters have swarmed the Elmasry Egyptian Food Cart. The carts are two blocks apart.
• Portland food cart owner admits to using racial slur and dousing woman in Sriracha in videos [The O]
• Owner of Downtown Portland Food Cart Arrested For Assaulting Customer with Gatorade Bottle and Sriracha [WWeek]
• Angry Portlanders Are Harassing the Wrong Egyptian Food Cart [WWeek]
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