Local florist accused of spitting in man’s face
MACON, Miss. (WCBI) – Family, friends and neighbors are asking why after they allegedly saw their local florist spit in the face of a loved one. The people of Macon know that Parker Florist is a successful business; however, the owner, Robin King, has growing controversy. Antonio Gilkey claimed that King spat on him as he walked out of a grocery store on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Few people witnessed the incident, but a video surfaced and it put some people in anger.
“After seeing this video, I will never buy another flower or balloon from her business again,” said Shaquita Malone, a resident of Macon.
“For her to do this in public in the public eye in front of everyone is unacceptable,” said Ellen Hairston, a Macon resident.
“Be proactive, his photo ID must be released if it has been booked, there must be a public apology from him, we have supported his business in this community,” said Macon resident LJ Brooks.
Store surveillance caught the alleged spitting incident on camera, and local law enforcement said Gilkey wanted King to cover his mouth while coughing. He then filed a complaint and King was arrested and charged with common assault.
“The allegation we have is that a young woman was coughing in the store and the young man said something to her and after that it turned out that he was assaulted by bodily fluids,” he said. Macon Police Chief Davine Beck said.
Beck said the incident looked bad for the community.
“This is very serious because you see yourself as one of the leaders of this community and you do something of this magnitude and get unwanted attention and bad attention,” Beck said.
King is released from jail on $ 1,500 bail and his court date is July 12, 2021.