The Fun Tea cafe, where a 22 year old woman was allegedly assaulted, has been broken into overnight.
Police were called to the Bubble Tea store just after midnight on Sunday, the ABC reports. The security door appeared to have been forced open, but no one was found inside.
Fun Tea Adelaide has been in the spotlight recently after a worker was allegedly kicked in the stomach , after asking to be paid for the trial shifts she worked at the store.
The assault descended into an all-out brawl, which was caught on camera and uploaded to Chinese-language online portal AdelaideBBS.
The footage went viral, prompting the arrest of 39 year old Gavin Guo, according to 7News.
“At 9.25pm Friday 29 January police were called to a business on Gouger Street following reports that a woman had been assaulted,” SA Police said in a statement to 7 News.
A woman was slapped and kicked by a man over a purported pay dispute at an Adelaide dessert shop. #7NEWS https://t.co/PdROzp7UBk— 7NEWS Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) February 1, 2021
“The suspect is known to the victim and police are investigating.”
Fun Tea then issued their own statement about the alleged assault, saying the perpetrator was a customer and the incident had no relation to the the young woman being underpaid.
“The incident arose following a previous verbal argument which the female employee had had with the customer.
“The alleged assault was not connected to a complaint about the employee’s pay or rates of pay.
“The management and owners of Fun Tea deplore violence of any sort, and have zero tolerance for assaults or violence.”
However, the victim of the assault told a different side to the story.
Statement from victims of Funtea assault and wage theft.— The Working Women's Centre SA (@WWCSA2) February 3, 2021
Please direct all media enquires to WWC SA Inc. pic.twitter.com/0GL5bktaXB
“Our client(s) strongly reject Fun Tea’s statement that Mr Guo was not related to Fun Tea,” a statement read.
“Mr Guo is a close friend of Mr Duan, the owner and manager or Fun Tea. The Fun Tea statement is misleading.
“Our client entirely rejects any assertion that the assault was not in relation to a complaint about her pay.”
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