A customer who refused to wear a mask in a Wells Fargo bank waited in the parking lot to violently ambush the manager at the end of his shift

A man at a Wells Fargo bank in California and refused to wear a mask, The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

A bank manager offered him a spare mask to wear, but the man reportedly became aggressive.

At the end of the bank manager’s shift, The Tribune reported that he was ambushed by his client in the parking lot.

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A bank manager at a Wells Fargo in California was beaten after his shift ended by a client who refused to wear a face mask, according to The San Luis Obispo Tribune.

An unnamed man, who is described as being in his mid-40s and bald, walked into the Grover Beach bank on September 3 and “responded aggressively” after being told to put on a mask, The Tribune reported.

The bank manager, who The Tribune referred to as “A” to protect his identity, offered him a mask to wear but the man reportedly became even more hostile and started rummaging through drawers in the bank’s lobby.

When A, who is Hispanic, threatened to call the police, the local media outlet reported that he was then called a racist slur by the unmasked man.

“I better not catch you outside,” the man reportedly said to A.

At the end of A’s shift, at around 5.30 pm, The Tribune reported that the man showed up in the Wells Fargo parking lot, grabbed the bank manager, and pushed him towards a wall.

“I’m starting to gather myself a bit, and I realize I’m under attack,” A recalled.

The two men began to fight, and A said he tried to choke the aggressive client, according to the local media outlet.

Meanwhile, a coworker called the police and the man fled.

According to The Tribune, A suffered a concussion and lacerations to the head, hand, and face. He has not returned to work since the incident.

In a statement to The Tribune, Grover Beach Police Chief John Peters confirmed a report filed regarding a battery and hate crime in the Wells Fargo parking lot.

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FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2021, file photo, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, speaks to the members of the media after he inspected the British Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, back, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Defense Minister Kishi said an agreement signed Saturday, Sept. 11, allowing Japan to give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam elevates the two countries’ defense partnership “to a new level.” Kishi meet with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence.

Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepen defense ties through multinational joint exercises and other means. Details about the transfer of specific equipment, including naval vessels, will be worked out in subsequent talks, the ministry said.

Kishi’s meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi coincided with a two-day visit to the Vietnamese capital by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He wrapped up his visit by saying China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam.

The agreement comes two weeks after the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Vietnam to strengthen ties with the Southeast Asian nation. During the tour, Harris urged countries to stand up against “bullying” by China in the South China Sea.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Kishi and Giang agreed on the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as cooperation in various defense areas including cybersecurity.

Tokyo regularly protests the Chinese coast guard’s presence near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls Diaoyu. Japanese officials say Chinese vessels routinely violate Japanese territorial waters around the islands, sometimes threatening fishing boats.

During the talks, Kishi expressed Japan’s strong opposition to “any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by coercion or any activities that escalate tensions,” referring to China’s increasingly assertive activity in the East and South China Sea, but without identifying any country by name.

Vietnam is the 11th nation with which Japan has signed a defense equipment and technology transfer deal. Tokyo is looking to expand military cooperation beyond its longtime ally the United States, and has signed similar agreements with Britain, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.