Lincoln residents have expressed their outrage after a man posted racist comments regarding the death of a young girl at Drayton Manor earlier this week.
On Tuesday, May 9, Evha Jannath, 11, from Leicester, died after falling from a water ride at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire.
Alongside a link to the story of the death of the young girl, Shaun Thomas, from Lincoln, who is also believed to run Lincoln Vape Hut, made a racist comment.
In the Facebook post, he said: “It’s bad but could be worse.
“She could have been English.”
Boycotting the vape shop
In anger, Lincoln residents reviewed Thomas’ vape shop on Facebook, giving it a poor rating and commenting on his actions.
One person commented: “I hope your conscience stops you from shopping here.
“Imagine losing a loved one in any circumstance and some p**** who clearly thinks it’s funny is all over your post laughing about it.”
Another added: “Shame on you for your racist comments about the 11-year-old Asian girl killed on the water ride!”
A Facebook user told The Lincolnite: “I felt and stil feel totally distressed by this inhuman comment.
“No human being should be so filled with hatred to make a comment like that.
“He owns a vaping company and I am going to make it my duty that all his customers know what can kind of human this person is.”
The Lincolnite can confirm that after posting an apology onto the Lincoln Vape Hut Facebook page, the page was deleted.
The post said: “I would like to publicly apologise for my cruel and sick words.
“I’m totally ashamed and it isn’t me normally.”
“Holding my head in shame”
Following the incident on social media, Thomas told The Lincolnite: “Being totally honest it was just a sick joke.
“I am a single dad and I had cancer as a child so if it wasn’t for foreign doctors I wouldn’t be here today.
“I am not a racist person, it was a one off, such a big mistake and the biggest mistake of my life.
“I am getting death threats, I am just a normal person that is holding my head in shame.
“I am not the first person to make a mistake like this. I am ashamed of my actions but I was drunk, I was hurting, a friend had just died and I was going through real personal issues.
“I can’t believe it’s gone to this level, I am just a normal loving caring father. I didn’t laugh at the death of the child.”
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Facebook has a reporting facility but anyone concerned about such a post should screenshot it and contact police, who can determine if any offences have been committed.”