Teenagers causing problems in Chinatown, business owners sayUPDATED 7:01 PM HST Aug 29, 2013Video Transcript
Chinatown scare. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. Intimidating store owners.... And frightening away customers. Some Chinatown business owners say a group of YOUNGSTERS are up to no good. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa spoke to upset store owners in tonights top story. Store owners on this block of Maunakea Street say they are tired of getting bullied... The threats, all from one group of young teens. They say the teens enter their stores.. looking for trouble. Jamie Rowland - Shirley's Flowers 1853 IT'S A GROUP OF TEENAGERS I WANT TO SAY AGES 8 TO 11 THEY ARE REALLY YOUNG AND REALLY SHORT I DON'T EVEN THINK THEY ARE 4 FEET TALL 1905 Terry Wong- TW Salon 421 THEY DON'T NEED A HAIR CUT JUST INSIDE LOOK AROUND HERE 427. 438 YOU CAN SEE THEY WANT MONEY 442 Feng Li - Cute cut "1414 I TOLD THEM GET OUT BUT THEY NOT LEAVING 1419 1741 THE SALON OWNER SAID A GROUP OF MORE THAN FIVE TEENAGERS CAME INTO HER STORE INTIMIDATING HER AND HER CUSTOMERS. 1747 Feng Li - Cute cut 1248 TWO PEOPLE SIT DOWN HERE ONE SIT DOWN HERE ONE KID STAND UP THERE 1301 Feng Li said it's happened twice--the teens demanding money, refusing to leave until she threatened to call the police, though she never did. And because many of the business owners didn't believe the police respond in time to help...those crimes were left unreported. Terry Wong- TW Salon 527-I NEVER CALL THE POLICE 529 mayor 918 IF THE POLICE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WHERE ITS HAPPENING AND THEY AREN'T ABLE TO FOLLOW UP DOES THAT SOLVE THE PROBLEM? IT JUST OCCURS REPEATEDLY OVER AND OVER 927 Mayor Kirk Caldwell says police are investigating the incidents. And with the start of school, he believes the teenagers will be out of Chinatown, and back in class, leaving these merchants free to get back to business. Nana Ohkawa KITV4 News. The mayor says merchants also need to protect their own property, making sure they do not leave their store unattended.