Bill de Blasio was captured on camera turning his back on a bakery manager who had asked for help for his struggling business during a 'photo op' with the New York City mayor who was visiting Chinatown to promote local businesses.
In the video, which was tweeted by a New York Post reporter on Tuesday, Patrick Mock, 26, was seen explaining the difficulties 46 Mott Bakery has faced since the pandemic hit the city in mid-March.
'We've been taking a hit since January,' Mock is heard telling de Blasio, who appears to be listening to the man at first.
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In the video, which was tweeted by a New York Post reporter on Tuesday, Patrick Mock (in front of de Blasio), 26, was seen explaining the difficulties 46 Mott Bakery has faced since the pandemic hit the city in mid-March
'We've been taking a hit since January,' Mock is heard telling de Blasio. 'We need help,' Mock said as the mayor started to turn away
In the video, it's unclear what the mayor said before he turned his back on Mock
'We lost our Chinese New Year, our busiest day of our community; the most festive holiday that we have,' Mock told de Blasio.
Mock was referring to the racist fear-mongering about the coronavirus that started shortly after the virus broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Asian-American business owners in New York City said at the time that virus fears caused a decline in sales, particularly around their busiest holiday, the Chinese New Year, which occurred on January 25, 2020.
'Then COVID happened and we're all hurting,' Mock continued. 'We need help,' Mock said as the mayor started to turn away.
In the video, it's unclear what the mayor said before he turned his back on Mock.
Mock later told the Gothamist that de Blasio was 'there to do a photo op' in order to 'promote outdoor dining in Chinatown'.
'But photos are cheap right now. We need help in our community,' he added.
'I finally got his attention. I was speaking the truth. I started getting emotional, but I was just speaking about what we needed in the neighborhood. And he was just like, "Alright I got to move on to the next part, this is off schedule. I got to move on".'
Mock later told the Gothamist that de Blasio (pictured eating ice cream on Tuesday) was 'there to do a photo op' in order to 'promote outdoor dining in Chinatown'
De Blasio took a tour of stores in Chinatown to encourage New Yorkers to support businesses stigmatized since the start of the coronavirus outbreak
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Mock told the news site: 'Me