The life of Chinese restaurant deliverymen is a dangerous one as they can be assaulted, robbed, and even killed. A recent case in Wilmington, N. C. in June, 2012, involved six adolescent boys robbing and killing a 60 year-old Chinese after which the murderers polished off the delivered food. Star News Online reported that:
Similar instances of this type of crime have occurred many times over decades. For example, in 2009 in North Hanover, Massachusetts, another Chinese man was murdered when delivering food to a fake order to an unoccupied address that was made using a phone number that police traced to a throwaway cell phone.
Another case occurred in 2000 when a Queens, New York restaurant owner was bludgeoned to death late one evening when he was making a delivery to an isolated area of town. According to the New York Times article:
Sadly, these men must risk their lives regularly to eke out a living, support their families, and in some cases, send money back to China to help relatives. Predatory hoodlums look on them as easy and helpless prey.