Man Fined RM1,000 For Slapping Starbucks Employee Who Asked Him Not To Smoke

He apologised in court and asked for a lenient sentence.

Cover image via Business Wire & Free Malaysia Today

A man who got angry and slapped a Starbucks employee for asking him not to smoke in a public area was fined RM1,000 by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court on Monday, 16 November

According to Bernama, deputy public prosecutor Abdul Khaliq Nazeri brought a case against Mitchel Glend Samson, 27, for slapping and hurting employee Nur Hanisah Abu Hasan, 23, in front of her workplace at Plaza Berjaya, Jalan Imbi at 3.20pm last Friday, 13 November.

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While in court, Samson explained that he was not allowed to enter the store due to his 'high risk' status on the MySejahtera app

He took a seat outside the Starbucks outlet and lit up a cigarette while waiting for a friend to buy him coffee.

"The Starbucks employee then approached me and chided me for smoking," he said, which was when he slapped her.

"I admit that I was wrong to have raised my hands at her. I apologise and seek a lenient sentence because I have a family in Sabah to support," he told the court.

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He pleaded guilty to a single charge of voluntarily causing hurt towards the employee

Magistrate Mohamed Fared Abdul Latif meted out the sentence of a RM1,000 fine against Samson, or three months' jail if he failed to pay the fine.

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