Fox Business Star Charles Payne said that looting running rampant across the US as part of the protests is “beyond heartbreaking,” and “devastating.”
“Vandalism is vandalism and looting is looting but … Target may be able to endure it, obviously, a lot more than say the small business owner down the street who worked for 40 years, saved up all of their money and thought they were fulfilling a lifelong dream,” Payne told “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday.
“The only thing that I hope is that we … see these folks, that we hear their messages,” the host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” continued.
Payne pointed out that businesses were already reeling from months-long mandatory coronavirus shutdowns, and in many cities across the US, those same businesses face the double-whammy of being targeted by looters in the name of George Floyd.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that in response to the rapidly escalating violence, “at least 28 states have called in more than 20,400 members of the National Guard to help diffuse the violence that has caused billions of dollars of economic damage to businesses.”
One of the most tragic examples of the destruction wrought by the angry mob was found early on in Minneapolis when black firefighter Korboi “KB” Balla’s lifelong dream of opening a bar in Minneapolis was almost destroyed before his very eyes.
Balla had invested his life’s savings to open up a sports bar, only to have his original opening date pushed back by mandatory coronavirus lockdowns. Then, just when he was preparing to open after restrictions were eased, rioters rampaged through the neighborhood, destroying his business in one fell swoop.
I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Balla said as cameras caught rioters vandalizing the building. “We’ve been working so hard for this place. This is not just for me. This is for my family.”
A GoFundMe account was launched in Balla’s name and almost $1 million from nearly 9,500 contributions has been raised since Thursday to rebuild his razed business. While the generosity of strangers may save Balla’s dream, thousands of other business owners across the US may not be so fortunate.