From the Queens Chronicle:
On Feb. 8, Phyllis, a 45-year-old white Howard Beach resident who has requested her last name be omitted for this article, left her place of employment on Crossbay Boulevard at around 3:15 p.m. to cross the street and purchase a pack of Marlboro’s and a can of soda from C-Town grocery store, located at the corner of Sutter Avenue and Crossbay.
Upon exiting the grocer with a drink, a black teenage boy who was hanging out outside C-Town with a teen girl confronted her in a manner that could be described as anything but rude — in fact, he went out of his way to compliment Phyllis on her hairstyle.
“I was about to turn around and thank him when the girl he was with cursed him out and said, ‘why are you complimenting that white b****?’” Phyllis said. “I said to the girl, ‘my God, I’m three times your age. You should act like a young lady.’”
Suspecting the confrontation would start and end on that corner, Phyllis crossed Sutter Avenue to Cookie’s Lounge to inquire if the bar sold cigarettes. Having completed her purchases, she prepared to cut across Crossbay and return to work, not expecting to encounter trouble from a group of about 12 teens — which included the boy and girl with whom she had exchanged words in front of C-Town — that had congregated on the corner across the boulevard from Cookie’s.
“As I was walking by, the boy told the girl ‘oh look, here comes that b**** again, she’s gonna f*** with you,’” Phyllis said. “The girl then approached me and said, ‘I know you didn’t cross the street to f*** with me, you white b****.’”
Phyllis said she repeated to the girl that she should be more respectful and the girl, in turn, slapped Phyllis’ hand. Almost immediately, four of the teens jumped on the woman, kicking and beating her. They stole her cell phone and left her on the ground, fleeing when the police showed up.
When the nightmare was over, Phyllis learned two bones in her spine had been fractured and one of her ribs had been kicked out of alignment, which affected her lungs and breathing. Countless doctor and chiropractor appointments later, she says her back is still killing her.