By MICHAEL L. KRAUSE, Associated Press WriterAUSTIN (AP) A woman who said she was harassed by an out-of-control Weber charcoal grill in Texas said Wednesday she believes the company and her family were targeted because of her religious beliefs.
Amber Smith said her husband, Scott, and two other men were forced to leave their home on Aug. 10 after a verbal argument with the grill owner.
Smith said she believed the men were being threatened by the grill because they were Muslim and were against the grill’s owners’ actions.
Smith was driving to work with her husband when the altercation began, and she said she pulled over to call the police.
Smith said she tried to contact the Weber grill company and tried to tell them about what had happened, but the company’s response was that they didn’t know what happened and that the police were involved.
Smith, who lives in Texas, said her family was threatened in the past but never physically, as they had been in previous instances.
Smith’s attorney, Brian Smith, said in a statement Wednesday that his client has suffered from anxiety and depression in the months since the incident and has tried to deal with the stress of the incident through meditation and therapy.
He said he has not spoken to Smith since.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.