From Margate resident, Jay Weintraub. I wanted to address the terribly sad matter regarding an elderly couple and their automobile which was vandalized.
The perpetrators of this crime are not yet known. An act of hatred to all in Margate. Not just those with Pa tags. Was this a hate crime or just vandalism? I lean toward a hate crime.
They put Margate on the map as a hateful town. I don’t believe that for one minute.
Yes, there’s a small group of people who post on Facebook, spewing hatred toward those they call Shoobies. They use the term in a derogatory way. They don’t speak for all in Margate.
We’re living through very difficult times. Times like these bring out the best in people and unfortunately, the worst in people..
I’m receiving calls and emails from friends asking me if it’s safe to come to Margate and check on their properties. Not to mingle among the general public.
THEY’RE AFRAID FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR PROPERTY.
Has Margate become that bad? NO. We are better than that.
My wife and I are now full-time residents of Margate. Registered voters too. Our auto tags are still PA. The tags will be changed as soon as COVID-19 bans are lifted, and NJ State can change our plates.
I wanted to share a sad story.
My wife was driving on Ventnor Ave. a few days ago to visit my daughter and son-in-law in Ventnor. Going to babysit our 4 month old grandchild.
She turned onto Washington Ave. Someone was sitting in their car with the door wide open. No one could drive past. My wife patiently waited for him to close the door. After 5 minutes, she lightly beeped the horn in case he didn’t know he was blocking traffic. I don’t think he cared.
This person then jumped out of his car and made threatening gestures toward my wife. Began making FU gestures with his middle finger. Started screaming at the top of his lungs. Shoobie, get the fuck out of this shore town and go back to where you came from.
Because our tags were not NJ, did he have the right to intimidate and belittle another person?
I had to make a drive to my office in Bucks County, Pa. this past Tuesday. Cars and trucks with New Jersey plates everywhere. We all know Jersey has a much higher COVID-19 rate vs PA. Not one person made remarks or gestures toward those vehicles with out of state tags.
Some in Margate and other towns, are acting out as if they’re special. Do they have the right to yell obscenities, gesture and threaten those from other states?
Was this an act of hatred toward an elderly couple? Done by kids? Adults are acting out too.
We need to come together at this time. Let’s not be a town acting as those back in 1865, North vs South.
Jay Weintraub, Margate Homeowners Association.