Shop Owners Reveal Financial and Emotional Struggles of Being Looted

“They tell me ‘Black Lives Matter.’ They’re lying . . .”

(New York Post) After looting and ransacking in Manhattan and The Bronx, Lucy Hosley went viral.

The 69-year-old co-owner of the Valentine Deli was seen on a video posted to YouTube, imploring: “They tell me ‘Black Lives Matter.’ They’re lying . . . I’m black, look what you did to my store.”

Hosley told The Post’s Jane Ridley that she witnessed “around 30 young men and women overturning the shelves and causing chaos . . . They had bought cutting tools to break open the ATM and the cash register. At first I felt anger toward the looters. But I can’t let hate consume me…”

Mario Badali, 30, owner of Village Square Pizza in the East Village, came to work Tuesday to find his shop’s front door shattered and the soda case raided.

“I saw a lot of activity going on in Soho and the Midtown, Times Square area on the weekend, but the East Village was pretty quiet the first two nights after the protests. So I wasn’t really expecting anything.”

“But I took precautions. I have iPads that are hanging up here and we started to hide them at night.”

“Still, never in a million years did I think this was going to happen.”

“I feel violated. People in the neighborhood consider me a friend.”

“Locals told me they tried calling 911 but no one was responding.”

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