Cash Mob: Bakery making up for lost funds

Cash mob helps Oberlin bakery
Updated: Nov. 12, 2016 at 8:11 PM EST
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OBERLIN, OH (WOIO) - A cash mob is helping boost an Oberlin bakery's bottom line.

Gibson's Bakery hopes it will make up for lost business after several days of protests.

"I knew several days ago when the protests were going on that there would be counter protests," said Oberlin resident Tony Wilgus.

This week's demonstrations calling for a boycott started after store employees confronted and fought with an alleged shoplifter who is accused of trying to steal two bottles of wine. Police say that suspect, 19-year-old Jonathan Aladin claims he was racially profiled which sparked the protests.

The community reacting with a cash mob supporting this family business.

"It makes us happy," said Trey James.

James has been coming to the store since he was a kid and now works there.

"It's nice to see that there are folks that are willing to come out and support a local business like this," added James.

"I was hoping they'd have a cash mob. I couldn't remember the name of it but I was coming here anyway," said Dianne Gerhart.

Gerhart drove up from Elyria after the ordeal was posted on Facebook.

Aladin is in jail waiting for his day in court, as are two of his female friends who were with him and charged with assault.

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