A banker in the north-central province of Nghe An has been suspended from work for 15 days after he was filmed beating a female pump attendant at a local gasoline station last week, his boss said on Monday.
During his suspension, Hoang Huu Duc, a credit man at the Nghe An branch of Vietnam’s Co-op Bank, will write a self-assessment report for his actions, branch director Dang Cong Linh said.
On October 24, Duc and three colleagues arrived at the Nghi Phu filling station in a four-seater car and asked for VND500,000 (US$22) worth of petrol.
After being served by the female attendant, N.T.Ng., the bankers left, but returned ten minutes later, according to a video filmed by the filling station’s surveillance camera.
Upon his return, Duc was seen shouting at Ng. and eventually used the pump to beat her in the head. The other three Co-op Bank employees remained in the car without interfering.
According to the video, Duc walked away after hitting the pump attendant, but came back when Ng. started bleeding from the head.
The banker then took her to a nearby clinic for a health check and treatment.
According to the police record of the case, Duc said he had returned to complain that Ng. had refilled his car less than the amount requested.
However, he later admitted that the fuel meter on his vehicle was out of order and that it was not the attendant’s fault.
The banker eventually apologized to Ng., who later went back to work and asked police not to take any further action against the banker.
According to the Nghe An Co-op Bank director, the three bankers who were with Duc at the time of the assault were also asked to write a self-assessment report for failing to either stop him from beating Ng. or report the incident to their bank superiors.
It was the second case in a week of a man beating a woman to be widely reported on in Vietnam’s media, following the high-profile incident in which two passengers attacked a female airport attendant in Hanoi on October 18.
One of the attackers was an inspector with the Hanoi transport department, and was eventually dismissedfollowing the assault.