Pork barbecue is practically sacred in the South, but one man showed Tuesday it's not for everyone. Surveillance video shows a man vandalizing one of the newest restaurants in the Gulch with some choice words about those who eat meat.
Since opening last summer on Gleaves Street, Peg Leg Porker has perhaps been known best for its top-notch barbecue and catchy name.
But a manager arrived Tuesday morning to find the mess left behind.
"He found a can of spray paint and just started tagging the whole inside," said restaurant owner Carey Bringle.
It's not just a random act of vandalism but possibly the work of an activist. What he spray painted weren't just words. They were more like a statement.
"It was some expletives on meat, you know. So it was almost like they were mad we were cooking meat," Bringle said. "I don't know. Maybe it was a mad vegan or something, who knows."
In the surveillance video, a well-dressed man is seen working methodically and with caution. Not a single item was missing from the business.
"He grabbed my chainsaw and tried to get it started, and I guess we're lucky that he didn't get it started, because there might be a whole lot more damage than there is right now," Bringle said. "He might have been the next peg-legged porker if that had happened."
Regardless of the motive, Bringle hopes to see the man in the surveillance video brought to justice.
"We hope that somebody recognizes him. We've filed a report, and we hope to make him accountable for his actions and make sure people know to keep a watchful eye out for this type of stuff," he said.
And in a town filled with good barbecue, Bringle can't help but wonder, why him? He just hopes officers find the person responsible before his customers do.
"We've got pretty loyal fans. So I think if somebody knew that was the guy who vandalized us, he'd probably be strung up and hung out in front of our pit," Bringle said.
Police now have the security video, and they also gathered evidence at the scene. One of the officers said the suspect resembles someone who kicked in some windows at Cummins Station not that long ago.
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:04:35 GMT
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