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Carpenters volunteer to help San Diego owners protect businesses

Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 15:59:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A group of carpenters volunteered their services Friday to help protect downtown San Diego businesses in light of last weekend’s property destruction and looting last weekend.

Mark Hamilton has owned FeeLiT Records on E Street for 12 years. After seeing images of last weekend’s unrest, he’s been worried about his business, even though none of the businesses on his street were touched.

As added protection, Hamilton decided to board up his store windows.

“After going through all we’ve been through that last nine weeks, shut down nine weeks prior, we’re finally getting up and running again. To have to shut down or incur a big expense for the business would be tough for us right now,” Hamilton said.

To help Hamilton and other businesses, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters donated piles of plywood and their time. They’re putting up boards for small individually owned shops on E Street.

Some business owners told 10News they wanted this done as a precaution, even though there haven’t been any reports of looting downtown since Monday night.

The San Diego Police Department even took to Twitter to praise protesters for keeping things peaceful. An example of this was at Thursday night’s demonstration with at least 2,000 people who made their way through downtown.

The carpenters say they’re doing this because they care about the community they live in and helping them any way they can.