A man is under police investigation after allegedly assaulting a staff member at a McDonald’s restaurant over the use of face masks in Hong Kong, according to reports.
The male customer who had entered the store without a face covering became angry after the fast-food chain worker reminded him to put one on, said local media.
The incident comes as Hong Kong has launched strict measures this week to battle a surge of coronavirus infections emerging in the city since July.
A man has faced police investigation after he allegedly assaulted a staff member at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hong Kong, according to reports
Viral footage shows the furious diner throwing punches at the male employee before pushing him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him.
The restaurant worker is being treated at a local hospital after suffering injuries on his face, according to reports.
The incident is said to have happened in the early morning of Tuesday at a McDonald’s branch at Shan King Commercial Centre in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district.
A man and a woman were ordering food before the restaurant manager asked them to wear face coverings.
The franchise business said that they had stopped serving customers who show fever symptoms or not wearing face-coverings, according to local station Radio Television Hong Kong.
Angered by the employee’s reminder, the man is seen in a clip force-entering the restaurant’s front counter while shouting ‘call the police then’.
The incident is said to have happened in the early morning of Tuesday at a McDonald’s branch at Shan King Commercial Centre in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district
The customer then started hitting the worker before pushing him to the floor and repeatedly kicking him.
After the man launched the brutal assault, the couple left the McDonald’s in a hurry and were picked up by a van outside the restaurant, reported local newspaper Apple Daily.
Police told the local media that they had received a report from the restaurant following the incident.
The male manager, known by his surname Luo, is said to have suffered injuries on his face and been treated at a local hospital.
A McDonald’s spokesperson told the local media that the company would continue to comply with the government’s anti-virus measures following the city’s new surge of cases. The file picture taken in 2018 shows customers eating at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hong Kong
The officers have detained a 27-year-old man, known by his surname Zhang, who was the driver of the van but not the attacker, according to reports.
The authorities are still trying to locate the male customer who beat the manager amid an ongoing investigation, said Apple Daily.
A spokesperson from McDonald’s said the company would continue to comply with the government’s anti-virus measures by temporarily refusing to serve customers showing fever symptoms or without face masks.
In a reply to Facebook users, the franchise business wrote: ‘We attach great importance to the health and safety of customers and employees, and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s anti-epidemic measures, including temporarily not serving people with fever or not wearing masks.
‘We will continue to implement McDonald’s Hong Kong’s commitment to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.’
MailOnline has contacted McDonald’s for further statements.
The US company’s franchise businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong have been mostly owned by a state-owned company CITIC since 2017.
The government had gradually relaxed coronavirus restrictions in May but the city has been hit by a new wave. Pictured, people wearing face masks in an MTR train in Hong Kong on July 13
It comes after Hong Kong government has announced fresh anti-virus measures this week to fight what officials called ‘a third wave’ of COVID-19 cases.
The authorities have banned more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks on public transport or risk a £510 fine.
Alongside a ban on more than four people gathering in public, restaurants will only be able to serve takeaway food from 6:00pm to 5:00am, however they can still serve those eating in for breakfast and lunch.