CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Mary Jane Hamblin has owned and operated Amazing Glazed for seven years.
You can find sweet treats of all flavors in the Chesapeake donut shop.
Hamblin says it’s normally a place of happiness and community. But as of late, it’s been anything but.
“One woman threatened my grandchildren. My grandchildren are from four to nine months old. They’ve said they’ll burn down our building, and that we are domestic terrorists,” said Hamblin.
She says one person even called her business saying they were coming to kill her. Hamblin says all of these threats were sparked by a Facebook post on Tuesday.
She says her husband and his friends decided it would be a historic event to watch President Trump speak in D.C. this week.
“As they were getting in the car all excited to go, I snapped a picture innocently and put it on what I thought was my private personal Facebook page. It showed a picture of them and the title just said, ‘Proud of these guys for traveling to D.C to see our president,'” said Hamblin.
She says it wasn’t long before she was getting calls to check her social media pages.
“When I looked, I saw a post that took a picture of Amazing Glazed on Facebook, they put it together side-by-side and said ‘I’ll never spend another penny at this store. They supported what happened at the Capitol,'” she stated.
That post spread like wildfire, garnering thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.
Hamblin says people also began bashing her donut shop on Google reviews. She says things got so bad she decided to delete the businesses’ social media pages all together. After a few days, she reinstated the accounts.
She said the viral post doesn’t depict the actual story, as her husband and his friends were on the way home before chaos at the Capitol erupted. While she supports peaceful protest, she says she doesn’t support violence or destruction of any kind.
“I do not condone what happened at the Capitol at all,” Hamblin stated.
She says she had to report the threats to police and turn over the numbers of those who called.
Hamblin said she hopes this doesn’t affect her business in the long run and that people will seek the truth before they share anything like that in the future.