CADILLAC — John and Gloria Langworthy, owners of Cadillac’s Pak Mail store, called law enforcement after receiving threats early Wednesday morning in response to a Trump-Pence sign displayed at their Plett Road business.
Gloria said that at first it was just a voicemail message saying there would be a boycott in response to the sign. However, later that morning there was a phone call with serious threats.
“We got another phone call which was very threatening,” Gloria said. “Very foul, very threatening.” She said the call made her and her husband fear for their safety.
Wexford County Sheriff Trent Taylor confirmed the threat, and said that security would be enhanced near the Langworthy’s business. “They did receive messages [Wednesday] morning when they got to work,” Taylor said. “We will be paying attention. Our patrols will be keeping an eye on the business.”
Taylor said that this is the first time he has heard of threats like this in our area. “I have not heard of any other complaints of this nature,” he said. “I haven’t heard of anything, and we’re fortunate to live in an area where we’re still tolerate of one another.” Taylor said that he advises Cadillac residents to remain vigilant and call 9-1-1 if they see anyone vandalizing signs or property.
“I know there’s an awful amount of conflict going on in the world right now,” Gloria said. “It’s awful, and I’m just sick about it. But that still does not change the fact that we should be able to have our views and they have theirs without these threats to our lives.”
“It’s a double standard. You can do what you want, but I can do what I want,” Gloria said. “We shouldn’t have to fear for our lives just because we believe in a certain person for the presidency.”
John said that in the meantime, he has taken their sign down due to concerns for the safety of their business and other small businesses in the same building. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” John said. “We’re just a small business, and we get something like this because we have a sign out.”
“My biggest concern is that people in Cadillac know that this is what’s happening,” Gloria said. “My husband and I are both scared to death.”