Chicago Deli Co-Owner Loses Job Over Vegas Tweet

'White people shooting white people isn't's community outreach'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2017 4:59 PM CDT
Chicago Deli Co-Owner Loses Job Over Vegas Tweet
The family of a Las Vegas police officer killed during Sunday's mass shooting embraces during a candlelight memorial for the officer on Thursday.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

A Chicago man has been removed from the Jewish deli his family has owned for three generations after tweeting about the "relief" he felt in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Soon as I heard it was country music, I felt relief," Greg Morelli, co-owner of Max's Deli, tweeted Monday. "White people shooting white people isn't's community outreach." According to Fox 32, the tweet garnered Morelli death threats and Max's Deli a slew of one-star Yelp reviews. "The owner of this deli is a hateful, vile man," reads one such review. One person stoking anti-Morelli sentiment is Andrew Anglin, the head of neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, Newsweek reports.

Joey Morelli, Greg's brother and co-owner of Max's Deli along with a cousin, released a statement Thursday saying he would be buying out his brother's share of the business ASAP. "He is out, he has agreed to be out and he is gone," Joey Morelli says. "I love him, but he must move on." Joey says his brother's tweet "created a toxicity around us." But it isn't the first time Greg's actions brought negative attention to Max's Deli. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Greg posted a drawing of someone in Nazi garb to the Maxi's Deli website. Greg Morelli says he decided to leave the deli, which he calls "the love of my life," for the good of the business. "They didn't ask for this," he says. He blames "a bunch of people who hate free speech." (More Chicago stories.)

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