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Two charged with mischief in alleged racist incident at Richmond, B.C. café

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A man and woman are facing mischief charges after an alleged racist incident at a coffee shop in Richmond in March.

A portion of the incident, which happened March 29 at Rocanini Coffee Roasters in Richmond, was captured on security video.

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According to the café’s manager, the pair sat at a table and chairs in an area where they weren’t allowed.

When she asked them to move, the situation escalated — with the man pouring coffee on the ground, and the woman pouring coffee on the manager, she said.

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The couple then allegedly hurled anti-Asian slurs at the manager as they left.

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Video shared with Global News appears to show a man pouring a drink on the café floor and a woman hurling a partially empty cup at an employee.

Cellphone video recorded by the manager outside the café captures a man saying  “F—– Chinese” as he gets in his car to leave.

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Richmond RCMP said Astrid Maria Secreve and Michel Jean-Jacque Berthaume are now each facing a charge of mischief.

RCMP are asking anyone who has been the victim of a hate incident or who has witnessed one to call 911 if the incident is still in progress, or their local non-emergency police line otherwise.

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