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Another Burlington business calling for increased safety measures

Published: Oct. 17, 2021 at 10:25 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - As public safety concerns escalate downtown, another Burlington business is joining the call for action.

The owner of Queen City Ghostwalk, Thea Lewis, says while leading a tour Saturday night, the group of 40 people, including young children, was harassed by a man waving his fists and swearing.

Lewis, who has led tours of the downtown area for more than a decade, sent a letter detailing her ordeal to city leaders. She says she and her guests have been heckled, threatened, and nearly assaulted on many occasions, But she says the situation is worse now than it’s been in years.

“They are commenting while I’m checking them in at Court House Plaza. It’s gotten out of hand. It’s a real safety issue for me,” Lewis explained. “I don’t enjoy running the gauntlet from the last story on my tour to get to my car. It’s just not something I want to engage in.”

The tours that Lewis leads in Burlington feature Vermonters and tourists. She adds one person on her Saturday night tour said, “See? This is why I don’t come downtown.”

The letter sent by Lewis comes just days after 16 local businesses signed a similar plea to city leaders, saying they need protection immediately.

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