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This Community Came Together To Thank A Shop Keeper After He Was Assaulted By Teens

Following the Australia Day weekend assault, shop owner Paul Shin has forgiven his attacker and declined to press charges.

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Paul and Isabella Shin were closing their corner shop in the beachside community of Terrigal around 10pm January 23 when one of the boys reportedly knocked on the door asking for a pack of cigarettes.

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The shop was closed, but Paul stepped outside and was then told to "fuck off you Asian" before the boy hit him. Paul's wife then ran to his aid before she was struck as well.

The boy's mother says the assault on Isabella Shin was an accident that occured when Isabella was "elbowed by [her] son."

The Shin's "Little Shop" is now up for sale.

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Both of the Shins received treatment in hospital, with Isabella returning to her son's house where she is currently living until the shop is sold.

In a blog post titled "Something Rotten In The Town Of Terrigal," local writer Nikki McWatters wrote about the response to the incident. The post quickly went viral, racking up 300,000 views and hundreds of comments.

"After Paul told the police he didn't want the boy charged they pretty much just left them alone to deal with it which is a shame because a crime was committed and the police should offer the Shins as much support as they possible can, charges or no charges," she told BuzzFeed News.

"The response from the community was initially outrage but we are right behind Paul's decision to give the boy a second chance."

"Paul has been inundated with cards and flowers and people are going there spending much more money than usual. The place is so much busier now and there is an atmosphere of great love in the shop."

Surprisingly, Paul Shin is not pressing charges against the teenagers, instead accepting an apology.

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"He said he was sorry and he would never do it again. I said I forgave him everything," Mr Shin told The Sydney morning Herald.

However, Mr. Shin did dispute claims the injuries to his wife were an accident.

The Terrigal community has pushed back against police after the incident was labelled as not "a racially motivated attack as such" and more "children doing the wrong thing," by Superintendent Daniel Sullivan.

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In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Superintendent Sullivan said the police do not condone the actions of the teenager and that they would be discussing the seriousness of the incident with the boy and his family.

"In an incredible gesture of forgiveness, the victims in this matter advised they did not want any further legal action taken against the teenager."

"The police have had constant contact with the shop owners throughout the incident; their well-being has been our top priority."

"The teenager subsequently apologised to the shop owners and showed remorse for his actions."

"It's my understanding, both the shop owner and teenager, initiated the apology."

"I'm sorry but in anyone's language, a 17-year-old punching a middle-aged Korean man in the face while calling him a f*king Asian IS RACIST," wrote McWatters in response to the statement from police

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"To have the boy's mother, the police and the media suggesting otherwise lets this kid off the hook, enables his behaviour and screams of trivialising racism in this community."

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Despite the community’s response, the Shin’s business is still up for sale.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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