Posted on October 24, 2018

Paris Cafe Vandalized After Being Called Out on Facebook

Cassie Schirm, KTVA-TV, October 23, 2018

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Paris Cafe and Bakery, which moved to its new location downtown a few months ago, is working on cleaning up an estimated $10,000 in damage.

“They just poured bleach everywhere, it still smells like bleach,” said Michael Patterson, a waiter at the cafe.

“When I came in here this morning all of this was thrown everywhere, they robbed us they broke into the office back here they took the cash register back here.”

Patterson’s family runs the cafe. He says a miscommunication over the weekend has cost him and his family money and their reputation.

“It was being put on Facebook that we were being discriminatory against Alaska natives and I guess it spread,” said Patterson. “Almost immediately the same day within an hour or so we got nonstop calls of people telling us we are racist discriminatory that we are going to boycott your restaurant.”

He says a woman tried to purchase meals for two people who appeared to be homeless.

The hostess said they could not eat the meals at the restaurant, but instead had to take them to go.

Patterson says that decision came after dealing with a negative situation earlier in the day.

“That day, two hours before that, we had a deal with an individual off the street who started eating food off plates and when she was asked to leave she started throwing food at the waiter and customers. We’re trying to create an environment where people want to eat,” said Patterson.

The restaurant is now dealing with overĀ $10,000 in damage and the possibility of being closed for weeks.

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Patterson says this could have been worse. He and his brother open the cafe every day and the cut gas line could have seriously injured them.

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