The equipment Clint Tarver uses to run Clint’s Hot Dog Cart and Casual Catering was destroyed when protesters tore down a tent
(Liz Klimas) A man running a local hot dog stand in Michigan’s state capital was among those attacked by protesters of the state’s “Right to Work” legislation while he served food in a tent that was torn down yesterday. The man was also allegedly taunted when he tried to salvage some of his property.
Some of Tarver’s equipment used for his business were collateral damage in the protests. He recounted to the State Journal that he was trying to salvage some of it, but a friend of his told him “you gotta get out of here.”
“So, I crawled out of the tent as they cut it. My tables were being spilled and stepped on. It was all just destroyed. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing and seeing,” Tarver said, according to the Lansing State Journal.
But the story doesn’t end there. The community has rallied around the man known locally as “The Hot Dog Guy” and raised more than $14,000 to support his business. Here’s what the crowd-funding website, which had an initial goal to raise $2,000 to help him, said:
Early today, Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol.
Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way he he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him.
Regardless of your position on current legislation, rebuilding Clint’s Hot Dogs is something we can all support. Please give what you can to get this deserving businessman back out there!
The woman who has been updating the site, Lorilea Zabadal, wrote that by 10 a.m. Wednesday, the money raised was double that of the initial goal. She then upped the ante to $5,000. As of 3:30 p.m., $14,317 had been raised.
Zabadal wrote that she had spoken with Linda Lee, Tarver’s wife, who called the support overwhelming.
Zabadal also called up that when Tarver was trying to remove some of his equipment from the tent, he was taunted and had racial slurs slung at him. Zabadal wrote that Tarver has clarified he was working in the tent, not to be political, but because he was hired to do a job.
Here’s a video showing destruction of the tent Tuesday (Content Warning: Graphic images and strong language):