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A woman is fired from her job after video of her attacking a Watts street vendor is seen by her boss



A woman accused of attacking a Watts street vendor over the weekend was fired from her job as a temporary contractor when her bosses were made aware of the incident.

New Jersey-based Yusen Logistics America confirmed Wednesday morning that it terminated an employment agreement with the woman, who had been temporarily assigned to the global supply chain company by her employer, Carson-based Simplified Labor Staff Solutions. The woman was not identified by her employer.

Yusen released a statement saying it “does not condone violence of any kind.”

“We were alerted to an online video of a temporary worker whom her employer had assigned to work at one of our warehouses,” the statement read. “This person is no longer assigned to work at our company and will not be allowed to return to any of our facilities.”

The incident took place on Sunday evening when street vendor Joana Vasquez, of Tacos Ortiz on Grandee Avenue and E. 103rd Street in Watts, was attacked by a female driver of a pink Lexus.

Tacos Ortiz staff recorded the incident and posted the video on Instagram Monday afternoon. In one clip, the woman exits her vehicle and charges the vendors, appearing to throw a bottle at the stand’s male owner.

She then launches into a table and grabs Vasquez by the shirt, attempting to drag her away from the stand. As she yanks Vasquez with her right arm, she punches the much smaller vendor with her left arm and screams obscenities before eventually stopping after about 15 seconds, according to the video.

The stand’s owner then runs to record the woman’s license plate, and she responds by grabbing the vendor’s plastic sandwich board sign and chucking it at him. She continues yelling profanities before returning to her car on the passenger side as another person drives the vehicle away.

Calls to Tacos Ortiz were not immediately returned.

Los Angeles police confirmed that they filed a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident. No arrests have been made.

In the taco stand’s Instagram post, the video includes a message that reads in Spanish, “be careful with these types of people. They arrive ordering food and when it comes to paying, they act like this.”

A Yusen spokesperson said the company was tipped off by street vendor activist Edin Alex Enamorado.

Enamorado organizes a regular group chat with several South Los Angeles street vendors and was informed that same day of the incident.

Enamorado said the woman had dined at Tacos Ortiz “at least two times before” and then fled without paying.

On Sunday, Tacos Ortiz employees decided to record her return, which led to the assault, according to Enamorado.

He said recent violence against street vendors has been fueled by various issues.

“It’s a perfect storm between racism, the economy and the stigma of people thinking that sellers don’t want to obtain permits,” Enamorado said. “There’s a pettiness and hatred that builds up for street vendors that leads to hatred.”

As a result of Enamorado’s efforts, Simplified Labor hired Tacos Ortiz to cater a Yusen company lunch on Friday, according to an Instagram post that featured Simplified chief executive Ashi Wahi.

“We really like to support our community,” Wahi said in the video while speaking with Enamorado. “Thank you for the cause that you believe in that we also believe in because the right thing needs to be done.”





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