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The owner of a small cupcake business in Cleveland that was destroyed and looted last month as riots broke out following the death of George Floyd says she’s being threatened with future harm and destruction for cooperating with police.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday, Kelly Kandah, owner of Colossal Cupcakes, a family business, said the threats include people telling her that if she rebuilds, “it’s going to get hit again.”
Kandah also said that she’s been getting complaints that cooperating with police investigators is “unfair,” that she should not be working with the FBI — ostensibly to identify who looted her store — and that what she’s doing is “against the cause, which I’m actually absolutely for the cause, but it’s upsetting people that I would involve the police of something such as property.”
The cupcake seller told the Fox News morning show hosts that she and four of her employees were forced to hide in fear in a bathroom on May 30 as rioters looted her store. She added that thanks to police intervention they saved her life that day.
She told the morning show earlier this month that she has owned the shop for nearly a decade.
“My family built it up, [I] listened to it get absolutely destroyed,” Kandah told “Fox & Friends First” on June 2. “That whole time we were locked in there … I just listened to everything getting shattered and crushed.”
On Monday, she recounted that she and her employees “had to lock ourselves in the bathroom while my store was completely destroyed and ransacked,” adding that the rioters were on the other side of the door.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, “And you didn’t know if they were trying to trick you and saying, ‘We’re police,’ that you would come out, right?”
Kandah agreed and explained that rioters were “pounding on the door” shortly after breaking into her store, “so I was actually skeptical that it was Cleveland police or not, but it was.”
Kandah went on to tell the co-host that a week after her business was demolished, “I was showing some of the damage and I was leaving, a friend and myself, and someone walking by approached us and said, ‘When the store rebuilds, when you rebuild this, I’m going to come back and destroy it again and you.’ He kept walking and was gone.”
When Earhardt asked Kandah if she was scared now to reopen, she replied, “Yes.”
The co-host then asked, “What do you say to the critics that say because you called the police because you are thanking them now for saving your life that you are racist and you don’t support black lives?”
“It’s just really sad,” Kandah said in response. “Unfortunately my store is not open right now and I’m so involved with the community and I’m so involved with our inner-city schools and I’m so for the cause that I do a lot of community service. Right now, I can’t. I don’t have anything being brought in to be able to donate as much as I usually do.”
Earhardt added that Kandah has donated KitchenAid mixers to young people in the past who are interested in getting into the culinary field.
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