Popular Scream Town apologizes for targeting Somali customers

October 9, 2018

The owner of a popular Twin Cities haunt is apologizing for sending a racist note targeting Somali customers and not allowing them into Scream Town.

According to screenshots of the original note, owner Matt Dunn wrote in a closed Facebook group for Screen Town actors: Note that we are having a zero-tolerance policy with Somalis. (Other guests, you can make your best judgment call) But absolutely zero tolerance with Somalis.

Dunn wrote a public apology on Scream Towns Facebook page saying safety is a top priority and the first post seemed to generalize.

The full apology reads: Scream Town welcomes ALL people to our event. We love our guests and we love our fans. Safety and security for our actors and guests is our top priority. We apologize for any posts that seemed to generalize. That was not our intent. All are welcome and we thank you for your business.

Scream Town, on about 30 acres near Chaska, has been considered one of the countrys best haunted attractions. According to its website, it has hayride like experiences, but with haunted walking trails.

Dunn said Tuesday evening that the post came after a group of eight to 10 teenagers had caused trouble at Scream Town. He said that the original post was poorly worded, but he wanted to make the attraction a safe place.

It was a poorly written message that came off as being extraordinary broad, Dunn said. It wasnt a message to all Somali folks. This was a terrible misunderstanding.

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