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Antique store owner faces social media firestorm after 'satire' post that said shop was closed to police

Eastern Dutchess County Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook not to go there, and she says she's gotten hundreds of angry, sometimes threatening messages.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2021, 2:23 AM

Updated 1,147 days ago

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An antique store owner in a small Hudson Valley town of about 6,000 has created a social media firestorm due to a recent Facebook post.
Elizabeth Bloom, the owner of Soiled Doves in Rosendale, says she believes there's a serious problem with police and racism.
She recently wrote on her Facebook page that the store "will be closed to police officers, as it is against our religion to sell to murderers."
Eastern Dutchess County Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook not to go there, and she says she's gotten hundreds of angry, sometimes threatening messages.
"It wasn't meant seriously. It was a satire," she says.
When asked if she felt bad or had any remorse about the post, she said no.
Bloom says she just wants law enforcement to do better, like better training and higher salaries - and would even support raising taxes to do it.
She admits that her post will not help bring about the change she wants to see, and says her recent attempt to talk to police about how she feels went nowhere. That attempt was made after her post.
Bloom says Facebook has since stopped her from posting.
When News 12 asked why she thinks that is, she said to ask Facebook, but Facebook has not commented yet.
Bloom says she is not afraid of the threats, and says business hasn't changed since last week.


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