Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, was awarded $32.2 million in punitive damages this week after an incident left the owners labeled as racists.
This ruling comes almost three years after Allyn Gibson Jr and Jonathan Aladin got into a fight at Gibson’s Bakery and Food Market. Gibson, whose parents own the shop, was trying to stop Jonathan Aladin from stealing a bottle of wine. The police arrived and Aladin was charged with attempted robbery and aggravated assault. Gibson was found to be within his rights and was never charged with anything.
Why is Oberlin having to pay the bakery? The college is located very close to Gibsons, and several representatives have urged the community to boycott the bakery. A statement released shortly after the incident reads, “Gibsons has a history of racially profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike.”
That’s pretty inflammatory – and it undoubtedly caused a loss of business and shamed their family at the same time.
Some people believe that the college released the statement because protestors encouraged them to do it. Either way, Ohio College clearly bit off more than they could chew.
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