The owner of a restaurant in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Ninh has been arrested after he forced a female customer to kneel and apologize for posting a bad review of his service on social media.
Nguyen Van Thien, the 47-year-old owner of Hien Thien barbecue restaurant in Bac Ninh City, the capital of the namesake province, has been held in custody, local police said on Wednesday night.
Officers also started legal proceeding against the man for “humiliating others.”
On Monday, a 27-year-old woman from the neighboring province of Bac Giang visited Thien’s restaurant to have dinner with her friends.
As the group of friends found helminths in their food, they reported the issue to the restaurant’s attendants and owner, only to receive their silence.
The woman then posted the story on her personal Facebook account.
Afterward, Thien, through an acquaintance, asked the guest to come to the restaurant to sort out the issue.
When she arrived on Tuesday evening, Thien forced her to get down on her knees and apologize for the negative review.
A video that circulated on social media later showed Thien, sitting on a chair, constantly swearing at and threatening the woman.
Meanwhile, other people, who appeared to be the restaurant’s staff, stood nearby and watched the scene.
The victim appeared shaken and was crying and doing as she was asked to in the video.
At the police station, Thien admitted his wrongdoings.
Police officers are collaborating with other agencies to further clarify the case.
In response to the incident, chairman of Bac Ninh City Nguyen Song Ha has ordered the establishment of an inter-agency team to inspect food safety and the prevention of COVID-19 at restaurants and eateries in the city from Wednesday.
I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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