A cafe owner is accused of being an anti-Semite for a nasty tirade that showed up on his Facebook page.
V Roast Bistro Owner Michael Palombo claims he was hacked Monday and said it’s killing his Nob Hill business.
“I don’t know how to fix it,” Palombo told KRQE News 13 on Tuesday. “I don’t hate Jews at all.”
People are upset about a clearly hateful, anti-Semitic Facebook post that has since been deleted from his profile. It calls Jewish people “animals” who treated the Germans poorly, blaming the Jews for the Holocaust.
“I literally almost vomited and puked. I got sick to my stomach,” Saul Hoffman of Albuquerque said. “One of the sentences in the post that he posted was that it was my grandparents’ fault that they were slaughtered and that there should be no sorrow or remorse for them.”
“I’m pretty troubled by the fact that someone would actually put such thoughts on social media,” Ana Andzictomlinson of Albuquerque added.
The post further blames Jews for rising rent costs and Wall Street greed, spawning the Occupy movement, which Palombo happens to be part of.
“Somebody did their research, did a good job of pretending to be me,” he added.
On Tuesday, he posted he’d been hacked. Since then, more screen grabs have circulated, showing more anti-Semitic comments he reportedly made Monday, along with his apologies.
It’s another reason people aren’t buying his hacking story.
Still, Palombo insists the hack job did happen and said the backlash is crippling his business.
“My ratings went down on both Facebook and Google,” he told KRQE News 13.
Regardless of who was behind the posts, people agree those beliefs are all too real.
“You have to actively speak out against it or it will get worse,” Hoffman said.
“Let’s hate less and love more,” Andzictomlinson added.
The vegan cafe owner believes he may have been targeted by anti-vegans, or because he’s politically outspoken.
He said he reported the hacking to Facebook and changed his password, but he didn’t try to find out anything about the hacker.
In the past, Palombo has had a landlord take him to court for failing to pay rent and a business partner take out a restraining order against him after a fight over money, according to online records.