Jewish food truck Jew Hungry was the target of an alleged hate crime last week. Owner Scotty Grossbard says that someone broke into his 3808 South Congress Avenue food truck sometime on Wednesday evening, October 31, or early Thursday morning, November 1.
Grossbard was returning from vacation when he received a phone call from the food truck’s host bar, 04 Lounge, about the break-in. He returned to his food truck on Thursday to find an iron cross and coins left on the driver’s seat, which he interpreted as anti-Semitic hate symbols. The iron cross can be seen as a reference to the German military medal used by the Nazis, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“I’ve heard it pretty much my whole entire life: We’re all greedy and that’s all we want, that’s all we think about is money,” Grossbard said on KVUE as he explained the significance of the cross while walking through the damaged truck. “I’m totally violated. Clear message of straight hatred.”
Likewise, the windows were broken, equipment like the fryer was destroyed, and kosher meats and cheese were stolen. Grossbard canceled his GrubHub account because many of his discount cards from the delivery service were stolen. He filed a police report.
To help fund the repairs, Grossbard started a GoFundMe campaign, with the goal of raising $2,000. As of publishing time, it’s raised over $3,000.
Grossbard reopened the truck on Friday, November 2, but he removed some dishes from the menu because of the broken equipment and stolen specialty products.