Patti Smith, a small business owner in Thomasville, Georgia, told Tallahassee Reports that city commission candidate Tabitha Frazier used foul language and threatened her business after she asked that Frazier’s children stop climbing on the store’s furniture.
The altercation escalated to the point of Ms. Smith calling the Thomasville Police Department. A criminal trespass notice was filed on September 2nd, 2016 and signed by Frazier’s husband.
Smith reached out to Tallahassee Reports after seeing in the news that Frazier was being considered for a Tallahassee City Commission vacancy.
Smith told TR that after informing Frazier her children should not to climb on the furniture, Ms. Frazier became agitated.
“She told me they were not on the furniture”, said Smith.
And then, according to Smith, Frazier said, ” You f**ked up. I just got a big ass grant and I was going to spend money in your store. ”
Smith said Frazier continued by saying, I will tear your business down and I will “yelp you up”.
After refusing to leave, Smith called the police.
Tallahassee Reports received a copy of the complaint from the Thomasville Police Department. The complaint states an altercation took place over children climbing on the store’s furniture.
The report states that the complainant (Smith) alleged ” the wife cussed at her and threatened to leave bad reviews about her shop online.”
The report does not contain the exact verbal exchange between Ms. Smith and Ms. Frazier.
Mr. Frazier told the police officer that his family left the store and Smith “followed them down the street yelling at them.”
TR reached out to Ms. Frazier, but has yet to receive any comment.
Smith, who was very emotional during her conversation with Tallahassee Reports, said both her and her husband felt threatened and intimidated by Frazier’s behavior.
Smith said she has recently contacted the Thomasville Police Department to remind them of the altercation to thwart any retribution for her speaking publicly about the incident.