Pennsylvania business owner posts 'insensitive' status about Las Vegas massacre
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (WOLF) - After a local business owner's social media post went viral, it caused outrage.
Many say it appears to celebrate the murders of 58 people in Las Vegas this week.
Delinda Jenson says it was a poor choice of words.
Now because of that, she says she’s lost everything, including her popular vegan food truck that was stationed in Public Square.
Jenson wants everyone to know she's sorry.
"If I had the opportunity to go to every one of the families of these individuals that died and personally apologize, I would do it -- in a heartbeat -- and explain to them where I was coming from,” Jensen said.
On Monday night, the 60-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident, who also runs a popular vegan food truck throughout the area, took to her Facebook page to write: "Yes, I am jaded. Fifty-nine meat eaters dead. How many animals will live because of this?"
She's referring to those killed in the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Sunday night.
The post quickly went viral.
Countless people took to social media to express their disgust with Jensen's statement.
Jensen insists it was just a poor choice of words.
"It is a known fact that if you are a vegan, that you save 155 to 200 animals a year by being a vegan. And being an analytical person that I am, I went, 'OK. How many animals will not have to needlessly suffer?'"
By Tuesday morning, she says the damage was done.
Many called for customers to boycott the food truck, which was often seen at “Mondays at the Market” in Public Square.
In response to Jensen's statement, the Wilkes-Barre mayor's office tells FOX56:
"We were appalled to learn that such a statement was issued. Any rational person who read the post would be understandably offended, as the statement was insensitive and hurtful."
Some called her cruel and heartless for comparing the horrific deaths in Las Vegas to the deaths of animals.
"I'm not that kind of person, you know. We give food to the food bank and we feed the homeless. We fight for animals. We fight for people, too, for [human beings] as well. Life if life.”
Jensen says the food truck is now gone, and she's unsure where she'll go from here.
"I don't know what we're going to do. I don't think anybody in the community wants anything to do with me.”
The mayor's office says “Mondays at the Market” is over for the season so Jensen's truck won't be back here soon.
However, it's still unclear whether or not she'll be granted a permit for next year.