A man who called a Chinese restaurant owner "Bruce Lee" was not being racist - Bruce Lee News
A man who called a Chinese restaurant owner "Bruce Lee" was not being racist, a sheriff has ruled.
However, when John Murphy told the owner, Kwok Ming Tang, that he had more right to be in this country than Mr Tang, Sheriff William Gilchrist ruled that Murphy had committed a breach of the peace.
A drunken Murphy was having dinner in the City Buffet restaurant in Perth last November when he began swearing at Mr Tang. Mr Tang asked him to stop using foul language, at which point Murphy called him Bruce Lee.
Mr Tang said that he found it offensive when people called him that. The Crown argued that the reference to the Chinese martial arts movie star was clearly a racial one.
Sheriff Gilchrist said that he was not satisfied that Murphy's name calling showed malice and ill will on the basis of membership of an ethnic group. However the reference to Mr Tang's right to be in this country made Murphy guilty of a racially aggravated offence.