Jury Awards $11 Million To Bakery Accused Of Racism For Stopping Shoplifter

An Ohio jury awarded $11 million to a family-owned bakery accused of racial profiling after three students shoplifted.

Elyria, OH – A Lorain County jury on Friday awarded more than $11 million to a family-owned bakery that was accused of racism by Oberlin College after three students were caught shoplifting.

The jury found that Oberlin College Vice President Meredith Raimondo and Oberlin College had libeled the family and the business when Raimondo published a flyer that claimed the bakery owned by the Gibsons had a history of racial profiling, the New York Post reported.

Raimondo was also held accountable for interference with business relationships while the jury held only the school responsible for the intentional infliction of emotional stress, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

The Gibsons filed the lawsuit after an incident that occurred in 2016 that resulted in the bakery being labeled “racist” by the local college in the Oberlin community that three generations of Gibsons had served since 1885.

On Nov. 9, 2016, 20-year-old Jonathan Aladin, and his 19-year-old friends, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, went to Gibson’s bakery where Aladin tried to buy a bottle of wine with a fake ID, according to The Chronicle-Telegram.

Allyn Gibson refused to make the sale or return the student’s fake ID, and then pointed out the two bottles of wine that Aladin had shoved up under his shirt.

Gibson said he was calling the police and Aladin tried to leave. Gibson took out his phone to take a picture of the shoplifters and Aladin slapped it out of his hand, hitting him in the face, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

Aladin then dropped the two bottles of wine and dashed out the door of the bakery, with Gibson on his heels.

When police arrived, Aladin was holding Gibson down on the sidewalk, and Aladin, Lawrence, and Whettstone were all hitting him, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

In the two days after the incident, Oberlin College students protested in front of the bakery and handed out flyers, drafted by Raimondo, that said the bakery had a history of racial profiling – an assertion that was patently untrue.

The college also stopped ordering from the bakery after the protests.

But despite the hue and cry by the liberal arts college, the shoplifters ended up admitting in court that they were stealing and that the actions Gibson took that day had nothing to do with race, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

Aladin pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of attempted theft, aggravated trespassing, and underage purchase of alcohol.

His cohorts, Lawrence and Whettstone, pleaded guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespassing, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

The judge ordered each student to pay $334 in restitution to account for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Gibson’s medical bills.

The amount of money awarded to the Gibsons was $2 million less than their attorneys were asking for; however, the case is not yet over.

The bakery family and Oberlin College are headed back to the Lorain County Common Pleas Court with their attorneys on Tuesday for the punitive phase of the award, the time when a jury may consider punishment for the guilty party in the form of an additional monetary judgement, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

Gibson said he was thankful the trial was over and that he looked forward to returning to normalcy.

“People [were too] scared to come in. It’s hard to believe it could get that way in a small town,” he said.

His son, David Gibson, said he’s putting the stress behind him and looking to the future.

“I don’t want to be afraid to even work there anymore,” he said. “I just want this to send the message so that we can enjoy our community and the business that we’ve had for all these generations.”

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shooter
shooter

Finally...a decent story about true justice.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Good grief! I sure hope justice will continue to prevail on the correct side. These punks should have also pleaded guilty to assault!

Mrs10
Mrs10

What a wonderful end to a terrible Injustice!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Finally!!!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The owners of the bakery should also claim racism, they were the victims of a racist attack.. The kids parents must be beaming with pride, busting buttons off the chest of their shirts and giving high fives to the rest of their family and friends, they raised such outstanding citizens, oops, I meant liars, thieves and thugs.

Da$
Da$

There's no justice for this poor family. The hell they have gone through as a result of criminal actions of three thugs. The massive injustice spewed by a "higher education institution" is disgusting and the perfect example of leftist institutions nationwide. Money cannot fix the damage, the terror, the lies and the spewing of hatred perpetrated by these so called educated thugs, the college. But, the damages ordered MIGHT make them think twice before they next liberal wet dream.

Janken
Janken

This racist crap is getting tiring

cspcapt
cspcapt

this is where you hurt them in the pocketbook

gvinny67
gvinny67

The tide is turning where these false racism claims are only going to land you in trouble, as it should be!

I hope the punative phase doubles their award!! They deserve it for being the victims of real racism!!!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Liberals have a reflexive, knee-jerk reaction whenever a minority is accused of a misdeed, and that is to cry "Racism!" without regard to the facts of the matter. It didn't work this time. In fact, it, it turned around and bit them in the ass. Kudos to the jury. Justice was served.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Thank you ......Finally a jury who doesn't take the statements of three minorities as gospel . Instead the jury questions and confronts the lies and actions of 3 despicable POS people who not only stole from the vendor , but lied to try to do so , who had the audacity of physically attacking the vendor , then trying to CYA themselves by calling the store owner racist and then by broadcasting a racist message . Talk about a f'd up sense of morals and sensibilities who would do such BS. All 3 should be immediately expelled from the school as well as facing the court and legal issues. Notice again how the media tries to disguise their faces and protects this garbage. I say call them out and show their faces each and every time to show society this is what evil looks like.

Sailor
Sailor

Guess this "race card game" didn't work for these offenders trying to appear as "victims." Says a lot about the lack of credibility these manipulators possess.

falconer
falconer

God Bless the Gibsons.

tfort
tfort

The kids took responsibility and paid the financial costs. Case should be over.

Everyone is looking for that lottery lawsuit.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Liberals..once again proof they r trying to ruin our country. Glad the family prevailed. Hope this stays on the 3 punks records when they start the search for employment

retiredcop
retiredcop

This is hopefully just the beginning of the fight against the untrue and reckless claims of racism. It denigrates the true victims of racism and makes their valid claims less believable when every time there is an conflict between blacks and whites the cry of racism goes viral.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Does Raimondo and his crew still have jobs? It won't be finished until they are fired.

djvd
djvd

GREAT OUTCOME. It was slow justice .. but better than none at all.

LynnSB
LynnSB

About damn time !! >> The jury found that Oberlin College Vice President Meredith Raimondo and Oberlin College had libeled the family << hahahahahahahaha Ignorant Libtards -- FINALLY came back to bite you in the ASS !!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

:thumbs up: