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Portland deli owner pushes for change after alleged hate crime

The owner of a sandwich shop in Monument Square is pushing for change and answers after an alleged hate crime at her business over the weekend. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The owner of a sandwich shop in Monument Square is pushing for change and answers after an alleged hate crime at her business over the weekend.

Surveillance video shows a man, who police say walked into Sisters Gourmet Deli in Monument Square, screaming at female employees and making derogatory references to sexuality.

37-year-old Jesse James Taylor was arrested and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, but owner Michaela McVetty says this kind of scene is nothing new.

Thursday she met with Mayor Ethan Strimling about what can be done to stop it.

“This is saying we as a city have a problem that we're not addressing right now,” McVetty said. “The problem is mental illness, drug abuse, and homelessness, we're walking over it in our own front yard, us complaining on Facebook is not the answer.”

The mayor and McVetty are working to put together a community conversation within the next month.

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