A Los Angeles Street Vendor Was Brutally Attacked And His Plea For Help Is Making Some People Weep
Arcadio Bernardino, 66, has learned a living as a street vendor selling raspados for 10 years. This week he was brutally attacked in Los Angeles.
The attackers beat and kicked him until he lost a tooth and was left unconcious – in broad daylight. In a heartbreaking video, through tears, he’s begging the community for help in finding those who did this to him.
A 66-year-old man who sells raspados was brutally attacked and robbed of his $80 and he’s asking for your help.
The brutal attacked happened near USC – just outside Downtown Los Angeles.
According to NBC LA, he was making his rounds when he was approached by two men at 3:30 p.m. He said one held him from behind while another grabbed his money bag. He was struck in the face, head, and body.
The attackers left him unconscious, knocked out a tooth, and stole his earnings for the day.
Through tears, he said the most painful thing was losing one of his teeth.
His daughter told NBC LA that she worries a lot about her papi out there working. But she said: “I don’t care about the money. I don’t care about anything but the pain he feels. It’s not fair.”
Twitter lit up with reactions of shock, anger, and those who wanted to help.
From LA to North Carolina, tweets poured in with people expressing all sorts of emotions about the attack. With many questioning how truly disturbed peple have to be to attack an elderly man.
People were shocked that people could target a hard-working man just out there doing his job to support himself.
Many sent support and love to him and his entire family.
Many shared that they see their own family members in this man’s tears and hard work.
Men like Bernardino come to the US to provide a better life for their families than the one they had, so to see him attacked so brutally really struck a cord with the Latino community.
For a while, there wasn’t a GoFundMe page setup to help with costs and people demanded one!
His daughter, probably after seeing all these people wanting and willing to help her father, launched a GoFundMe page to help with costs.
The attack on Bernardino sadly isn’t all that rare in Los Angeles.
In July 2017, Benjamin Ramirez, an elote street vendor in Los Angeles, was threatened and had his food cart damaged by a man later identified as Carlos A. Hakas. Ramirez told Fox 11 Los Angelesthat he filmed the entire altercation on his phone because he was previously harassed by Hakas.
In their latest confrontation, Ramirez, 24, told Fox 11 that Hakas was behaving more aggressively, had a dog, and was holding something in his hand.
If you want to help Bernardino, his daughter setup a GoFundMe page and you can donate here.