’This will cost you in this community’: Letter threatens boycott over anti-hate sign at Medina business

’This will cost you in this community’: Letter threatens boycott over anti-hate sign at Medina business

MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - A family business owner is heartbroken after getting a threatening note in the mail. The owners are talking to Cleveland 19 in hopes of sharing their message of inclusion with others.

Letter threatens boycott over anti-hate sign at Medina business

“We serve all, and all are welcome,” said Thomas Flood.

It’s a philosophy that’s so important to Flood and his wife, Beena Persaud, that they put a sign in the window.

“The sign says ‘hate has no home here,'” Flood said.

The couple opened The Medina Family Practice and Wellness Center in July.

Since then, they say they’ve had nothing but a positive response from their community, until last week.

“Saw an envelope with our name on it, no return address, opened the letter and was very upset and hurt by what I read,” said Flood.

“My heart sank, because I know how much this business means to Tom and our family,” Persaud said.

The letter was anonymous. There was no signature or return address.

The sender was upset by the sign in the window. The sender claims to be a coach in Medina.

The sender closes the letter by stating: "This will cost you in this community.”

“It was not meant to be a political sign,” Persaud said.

The couple says they had no intention of offending anyone.

“If you are offended, we have no problem with you coming and talking to us,” Persaud said.

Flood stated that he called around to local athletic departments to ask if anyone had problems with the sign or business. He was told no one sent that letter, and that they were shocked to hear someone would write those words.

As far as what will happen to the sign, the couple said they’re not taking it down.

Flood and Persaud contacted Medina Police and were told there is no crime.

There’s no word yet if police will investigate.

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