"We screwed up big time": Haunted Hoochie issues apology after hosting Swastika Saturday

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Haunted Hoochie's Swastika Saturday, hosted just hours after 11 people were killed and six others injured inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, created hurt and outrage in central Ohio.

Saturday night, a man identified as Timmy told 10TV the event has been in existence for the last 28 years. He didn't offer an apology to a 10TV reporter who questioned him in person but said it's meant to be a “day of unity.”

Late Sunday night, the business offered its apology and backed it up with another post on Facebook early Monday morning.

The first post read:

"Please let us make one thing clear and apologize right now for any insensitivity on our part. We show you the darkest, sickest, depraved parts of the world we all live in. We definitely aren't nazi's. Its a haunted house, its all about the horrors we face here on earth. We also don't condone murder, torture, suicide by shotgun, or birth by sledge hammer. We are here to shock and awe and terrify. It does make us sad that this country is being divided against and killing each other. Don't fall for the illusion that one race/ religion is better than another. Peace, love, and light."

The business doubled down on Monday, saying it "screwed up big time."

"We screwed up big time

"On behalf of the entire Haunted Hoochie staff, we first and foremost extend our sincerest condolences to the families affected by the tragedy in Pittsburgh, and the Jewish communities of the area.
"Second, we will in no way tolerate any form of hatred on our grounds, from our staff, or from our guests. This means that certain costumes or themes may be deemed inappropriate and you will be denied admission or asked to leave the grounds.
"We will not host any musical acts which perpetuate any kind of bigotry, intolerance, hate speech, anti-Semitism, or the like, now, or ever again.
"The Haunted Hoochie is a place to escape the true evil in the world through the magic of Halloween theater- NOT perpetuate real evil.
"We welcome anyone to our show with open arms- provided you do not bring evil or hatred.
"We are working with community leaders to mend fences, and pledge our support to the victims with a fifty thousand dollar donation to the tree of life synagogue."

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Protestors were at the Haunted Hoochie Saturday with candles and signs.

“This is evil. There’s a difference. Halloween and being scared and having fun being scared and evil. Anti-Semitism is pure evil there’s no politically correct way to say that,” Gail Burkholder said.

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