An Arizona man was arrested and fired from his job after an influencer posted a video of him admitting he is racist and using racial slurs.
YouTuber Dre Abram was out in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale on Oct. 23 filming a video with his friend Kane Tinkham when Paul Ng walked up. Abram questioned why he was approaching them, and Ng responded he wanted to see what they were “taking pictures of.” Footage of the encounter was posted on both men’s Instagram pages.
“Why is it your business?” Abram asks Ng.
“This is my home,” Ng responded.
Abram told Ng he also lives in Scottsdale and asked why Ng was taking pictures of him.
“Well —you know what — we’ve had problems here,” Ng begins.
“I don’t care,” Abram interjected. “You don’t know me. Why are you taking pictures of me? And I don’t know you. Do you know a lot of white men are doing racist things in this world, sir?”
“I’m a racist,” he told the pair. The interaction continued to go downhill after Abram pressed Ng about his presence.
“Because this is a no-n—-r zone,” Ng replied.
The men continued to bicker until Ng walked away. The videos racked up more than 170,000 views combined.
At the end of the video, Abram erroneously said Ng worked for River Trading Post, a store a few feet away from where he was standing. He eventually cleared the snafu up on Instagram. Ng actually worked for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty as an independent contractor.
On Sunday, the company announced Ng had been fired.
“An independent contractor was filmed recently making racist comments,” the firm said in a statement posted on Instagram. “Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty does not condone in any way shape or form this type of behavior. This person has been terminated effective immediately.”
Sotheby’s also reveal it filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Real Estate to have Ng’s real estate license revoked.
Ng was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after Scottsdale Police showed up on his doorstep on Oct. 24 to question him about the incident, reported The Arizona Republic. “The officers responded after receiving calls from local business owners about his behavior.
He was issued a citation and released on his own recognizance.