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Today’s something good is pizza.
Amy’s Pizzaria, located in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, is owned by Omar Quiñonez and his wife Kelyn Flores. At the end of February, Omar was subjected to an ugly racist tirade by a customer because the TV was playing a Spanish language program. The woman, her rant, and Amy’s Pizzaria went viral.
The woman was quickly identified and charged with harassment and ethnic intimidation. Amy’s Pizzaria was swamped with support, both local and global, and the phone is ringing off the hook, with hundreds of calls a day. Pennsylvania residents are coming in, from near and far, to say hi and order a piece of pizza, Omar told WHYY. The shop is also receiving calls from as far as South America, Spain, Germany, England, and Poland.
“It’s been really, really nice,” Omar said.
Some folks called to order pizza for local organizations and others made donations. With business booming so suddenly and overwhelming for a restaurant that normally has only two people staffing the kitchen, the couple had to close in the middle of the week, in order to get the situation under control.
Omar described Hatboro as beautiful, quiet and generally nice. He and Kelyn had never before experienced such a racist incident. The ugly attack has left Omar shaken, angry and sad.
In spite of the hurt the attack caused him, Omar shared his advice for the community: “We have to learn how to respect other people no matter what, what they believe, what they do, how they think. It is not a big difference between you and I, him and me. We are the same, in the end.”
Omar Quiñonez and his wife, Kelyn Flores, behind the counter at Amy’s Pizzeria in Hatboro, Pa., where the owners say they are overwhelmed with orders pic.twitter.com/fftsOsOjfl— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) March 6, 2023
The best way to overcome evil is to overpower it with love.
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