Pittsburgh-Terina Hicks has been baking at Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh for the past five years after being fired by a US company.
She is the owner of Cobblerworld in downtown Pittsburgh. She said that in the years before the pandemic, her business was booming. Now they are open for business again, and finally customers have returned, but they have to deal with the hateful racist voice messages and vandalism at her front door.
“They call me [expletive]…Laughing hysterically. Hang up again, leaving the same message again and again,” Hicks said. “A white gentleman walked by last month.He called me one [expletive] Give me the finger. “
The police have surveillance video showing a suspect throwing a large stone at the door of Hicks Company.
She said she would keep it, and hoped that the person responsible would be caught.
“In 2021, we are still dealing with race issues and my skin color issues. I feel violated, injured, angry and discouraged. You don’t know who I am. Know me as a person, understand my heart,” Hicks said .