PITTSBURGH – Terina Hicks has been cooking on Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh for five years, after being fired from her corporate job in the United States.
She owns Cobblerworld in downtown Pittsburgh. She said she had a thriving business for years before the pandemic. Now she’s open for business again, customers are finally coming back, but facing hateful racist voicemail messages and vandalism on her front door.
“They called me a [expletive]… laugh hysterically. I hung up and left the same message over and over again, ”Hicks said. “Last month there was a white man walking by. He called me a [expletive] and gave me the finger.
Police have surveillance footage of a suspect throwing a large rock through the door of Hicks’ business.
She said she is keeping it and hopes those responsible will be arrested.
“I felt raped, hurt, angry, discouraged that in 2021 we are still facing race issues, the color of my skin. You don’t know who I am. Get to know me as a person, know my heart, ”Hicks said.