Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Soy Sauce Edition

Dragon City Chinese restaurant, Dayton, Ohio (courtesy Google Maps)

“A [Dayton, Ohio] Chinese restaurant worker pulled a gun on a teen customer after he asked for more soy sauce,” reports. “Allan Lin, 40, allegedly yelled frantically after 19-year-old Munjed Milhem demanded more of the condiment to go with his takeout. He then rammed the weapon into the man’s chest. Cops were called to the Dragon City Chinese Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the alleged incident on Sunday night. They seized a Smith and Wesson handgun and three full 12-round magazines from Lin.” Well that’s just wrong. A great deal of Americanized Chinese food is inedible without soy sauce. The first question that popped into my head was . . .

Is that really the way it went down? As we’ve said here many times, it’s absolutely imperative that you call 911 anytime you brandish your firearm in self-defense, lest the bad guy call first and claim that you threatened him for no good reason. “I just asked for some soy sauce,” the robber tells the cops, “and this guy pulls a gun and rams it into my chest.”

That said, this story seems to be what it seems to be.

During questioning, Lin claimed the teen had been rude to him and had shouted at him over the lack of the condiment. He also alleged that Milhem had threatened to have him “jumped,” according to The Smoking Gun.

During questioning Lin shouldn’t have said word one, and let his lawyer do the talking. But Lin opened his yap, which elevated him from a suspected ballistic bonehead to a bona fide ballistic bonehead. While Lin’s gun rights have gone poof! at least he can console himself with our IGOTD trophy. To go.


  1. avatar Aaron says:

    the bare patches in the grass and the trash in the lawn give the Dragon City Chinese restaurant that special ghetto ambiance.

    Hey, Kung Pao stray cat GOTTA have extra soy sauce!

  2. avatar Gene says:

    But the Duck sauce and mustard count were ok? That must be some righteous soy sauce, yo.

  3. avatar Rudyard Holmbast says:

    “While his gun rights have gone poof! at least Lin can console himself with our IGOTD trophy.”

    That will offer him little solace, I’m afraid, as he rots in prison, which is where he will likely end up for a while.

  4. avatar borg says:

    The employee should have just charged him extra for more soy sauce instead of pointing a gun at him.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    And yet had Lin threatened the customer with a knife there would have been no story here.

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      It would have been a story. On the No, really. It’s a thing.

      1. avatar the ruester says:

        And if he had simply beaten this guy half to death with his fists it would simply be a funny vid on “World Star Hip Hop.”

  6. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    “You go home now! You been here 4 howaas! It’s all you can eat, not eat all you can!”

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      I miss John Pinette.

      1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

        The first time I saw that stand up bit, I was laughing so hard that I was crying. Pinette had some great stuff.

  7. avatar bing says:

    So after drawing your weapon during a threatening situation, what should you say to the 911 operator?

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      The truth if it is, in fact, a reasonably threatening situation.

      Not so much if it’s over soy sauce.

  8. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    MMMMM….egg rolls

  9. avatar Paul53 says:

    I no see your cat! You no ask again!

  10. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    I didn’t know soy sauce was a matter of life and death in the chinese culture. I will be careful know to ask for it again. Even though I am always with a firearm. Just to risky. I mean I do not want to get into a shootout over the sauce. 🙂

  11. avatar Rick says:

    You misspelled bona fide.


  12. avatar Pascal says:

    I bet he is thinking, those couple of packets of soy sauce where cheap compared to the expensive mess he is now. This guy should win the idiot of the year award.

  13. avatar Gregolas says:

    A gun? What, he got no kung fu?

  14. avatar Gunr says:

    A Panda bear went in and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. When he was finished, he got up and shot the waiter and left in a hurry!
    When the police caught up with him, they took him back to the restaurant, where he had some explaining to do.
    Whats the meaning of this demanded the owner. The bear said that he was a Panda, and that’s what Panda’s do! He showed the owner a dictionary, and asked him to look it up! Oh I see, said the man. It says right here. A Panda is a species of bear living in China,……………….
    Eats shoots and leaves.

    1. avatar William A. says:

      Where’s the “like” button on that comment? You, sir, win the internet for the weekend.

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      That’s awesome

    3. avatar Vhyrus says:

      I have heard a significantly less pc version of that joke before. It doesn’t involve guns but the punchline is the same.

    4. avatar dh34 says:

      Golf clap sir… I second that the internet is yours this weekend,

    5. avatar Merits says:

      The way I heard that one involved a woman of ill repute and a (bush, not shoot-eating) koala bear who skipped out on the ‘bill’.

    6. avatar Gordon Wagner says:


  15. avatar Chad says:

    As someone who firmly believes in our gun rights as a US citizen and a supporter of pro 2A groups such as NRA, ISRA and SAF, I find this man’s actions in the restaurant idiotic and I will not apologize on his behalf, but I also find some of the stereotype comments here equally appalling as an Asian. Have a good day all.

    1. avatar Such a big, big, gun says:

      Chad – good point. The other day I was thinking that the sun would rise and checked myself. I was making an inductive error. One day the sun may not rise. Thank you, Mr. Hume, for showing me the way.

    2. avatar DHuynh says:

      Thank you sir for that!

  16. avatar Such a big, big, gun says:

    Yeah – it is almost like that Chinese dude was racist towards some p.o.c’s (peoples of color). But since Mr. Lin is a yellow dude (also a p.o.c.) how do we reconcile this conundrum? Who is more racist here? Makes me head hurt. I guess Munjed (assuming Muslim, a.k.a, Asian, in the the Brit vernacular) gets more Pokemon points in the who vs. whom Olympics, so he must win. Right?

    I mean, seriously, how could a sainted yellow ever be racist? It makes no sense. We are all the same. An Eskimo is the same as an Ethiopian. Why can’t people see it. Oh, when will they ever learn? When will they eeevvvverrr leeerrrn.

    Really – I bet after Munjed consumed his quart of General Tso’s chicken he would have spent the rest of the evening studying for his A.P. Calc. exams, and would have gone on to Cal Tech, created cold fusion, as well as a cure for cancer. But, alas, ’tis not to be, because of raaaacccissss!

    Oh, the humanity!


  17. avatar John in Ohio says:

    at least Lin can console himself with our IGOTD trophy. To go.

    What, no soy sauce with that?!?!

  18. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Gotta watch out for that Soy Sauce.. That shit’ll mess you up!

  19. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    “You here four hour! You go home now!”

  20. avatar DHuynh says:

    Now granted the guy was a complete irresponsible idiot for pointing a firearm at an individual over a dispute about soy sauce. However this happens with all races, and I know some of the comments are just people trying to make light of a situation, but c’mon people WTF. This website’s not called “The truth about racial stereotypes”. What do some of these comments have to do with anything about the incident..Absolutely nothing! I am an American born Vietnamese and have served in the military and I have grown up with this type of bigotry my whole life. I AM AN AMERICAN LIKE THE REST OF YOU GUYS! And so are many other Asian Americans that happen to follow this website.

    Stop being so damn ignorant people and freaking leave your racial slanders and remarks out of the topic. My skin may be of a different (tan not yellow asshole directed toward the poster “Such a big, big gun”), but I bleed red just like everyone else and literally have bled for this country and those sons, daughters, brothers, fathers etc. who have fought alongside of me as well. So I myself have every right to call myself an American not a gook, chink, slope, yellow or whatever you may be be saying behind the screen. Stop seeing the color and just notice the idiocy and call it for what it is. Rant over and have a great day people.

    Sua Sponte

    1. avatar Yellow Devil says:

      Relax dude. If you let every stereotype comment get to you, I have no idea how you got through the military. As a “banana” (yellow on the outside, white on the inside), I had my share of comments. I just give it back to them and everyone gets over it.

      1. avatar DHuynh says:

        Through my military experience I never had to deal with it, maybe I got lucky. I’m all about dishing it out and taking it in return, but there has to be that common bond as well to let that happen man. Anyways it was just a rant. Been done and over it bro.

  21. avatar Jason says:

    I’ve worked at my family’s restaurant on and off since high school, hell, I was practically raised in the restaurant business. Customers can be very demanding and there are 2 sides. “The customers is always right” and “We have what you want”. Both sides are correct. I’ve had to deal with all sorts of people who are rude, loud, entitled for no reason cheap assholes who think soy sauce is free. If they don’t want to pay for sauce, I will tell them it isn’t free for me to get them and if they don’t like it, they can go. I do not get into arguments with customers. I don’t have the time for it, i got a business to run. When I was able to carry a gun, I have never once had to draw it in defense and know for a fact that when the gun comes out, a different kind of business is open.

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