NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several shop owners in BrooklynÂ sayÂ they’re living in fear ofÂ out of control teens who are terrorizing them, andÂ they have the video to prove it.
For merchants along the commercial stretch in Bensonhurst, it’s the last straw, CBS2’s Lou Young reported.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Face Off In Fiery Debate
“They come in here just bother the customers and do something, make trouble for us,” said shop ownerÂ Jenny Qu.
Shop owners saidÂ they’re seeing a persistent problem with young teens invading Asian-owned shops with mocking comments and sticky fingers.
“They take what they see and just walk out and there’s customers standing there and they still do it,” said
There are a stunning number of complaints — shoplifting, vandalism, harassment,Â and assault —Â from mostly Asian shop keepers along a 20 block stretch of Bay Parkway, Young reported.
Nail salon owner Cheng Huayin is still sporting a black eye from a punch he said he took a week ago after encounteringÂ three guysÂ who he said wereÂ lounging and smoking in his stairwell, shaking down his customers for money.
Just up the block, the owners of an herbal store said they felt like they were under siege when they locked the door asÂ several boys approached.READ MORE: Teacher Stephanie Edmonds On Why She's Not Getting The COVID Vaccine, Despite Mandate: 'The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made'
“WhenÂ we closeÂ the door sometimes they stand outside withÂ a knife, or they stand outside with fruit and just throw it at us,” saidÂ Karen Ye the owner’s daughter. “If not, then sometimes they have WD 40 and they try spraying it on the door trying to get in.”
In the video, theÂ fear in the merchants’ faces appears to amuse the boys, Young reported.
Some of the incidents happened after school, but others happened in the middle of the day.
“We have to coordinate to make sure these kids are going to school, staying in school and not harassing merchants here,” said City CouncilmanÂ Mark Trayger,Â (D)-Brooklyn.
“They need more activity instead of fooling around on the street, right?” said business ownerÂ Catherine Man.
Merchants are especially worried about the upcoming summer months, when school is out until fall.MORE NEWS: Hispanic Heritage Month: Ponce Family Passes Down Musical Art Of Mariachi Through Generations
A meeting on the incidents is scheduled for Wednesday at the 62nd Precinct.