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Fake Hate: San Diego Vegan Food Truck Owner Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud

Fake Hate: San Diego Vegan Food Truck Owner Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud

According to a report, Hartsfield is also facing charges connected with a GoFundMe

A vegan food truck vendor claimed that his food truck was vandalized, a noose was left on the truck, and his truck was ultimately set ablaze.  Avonte Hartsfield, who is black and gay, claimed that there should be hate crime charges filed when the culprit was found.

Police investigated and Hartsfield has been charged with arson and insurance fraud.

KUSI reports:

In October 2021, KUSI News and many other media outlets shared a sad story about a vegan food truck.

The owner, Avonte Hartsfield, then claimed that he would have to permanently close his “Rollin Roots” food truck after a series of what he said were arson attacks against him.

. . . . Harstfield also said the attack on his food truck was a hate crime, as he is black and gay.

But just over a year later, the facts have come out.

Tuesday, Hartsfield was charged with both arson and insurance fraud in connection to the fire that destroyed his food truck.

According to KUSI, Hartsfield also set up a GoFundMe and is facing grand theft charges as a result.

Hartsfield quickly set up a GoFundMe with a $100,000 goal. The GoFundMe description read, “My food truck (Rollin Roots) was burglarized and vandalized multiple times. Throughout the ordeal I’ve had my power chords cut, my office and truck broken into and items stolen, there was a noose hanging from the door to my office, and finally on October 3rd my truck was burned down completely. The police are in the middle of investigating at this time but no witnesses have come forward and there doesn’t look like much hope for holding anyone responsible.”

. . . . His GoFundMe raised over $102,000, and is now facing an additional charge of grand theft because of it.

Watch the report here.


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I have long-since reached the point where all so-called “hate crimes” are considered fraudulent until proven otherwise.

    henrybowman in reply to Rusty Bill. | November 19, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Just looking at most of the “victims,” your first thought is, “I can’t imagine anyone cares enough about you either way to make the effort.”

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Rusty Bill. | November 20, 2022 at 8:36 am

    The demand for hate crimes, far out strips the supply.

      I have posted on ALL the “HATE” crime fakes that I’ve read that until the PUNISHMENT for a FAKE “hate crime” is EQUAL (don’t the left want EQUITY) to a REAL hate crime then this crap will continue. When some liberidiot can make outrageous claims and commit a HATE CRIME then they will continue to do so! And REALLY, when a black person makes a CLAIM of HATE CRIME because they are “black and gay”, is that not an unjustified attack on WHITE and STRAIGHT?? The IMPLICATIONS are there! Juicy Smollehh should face the same punishment that two REAL white guys would face, but he won’t – BECAUSE!!! And speaking of the Juicy, shouldn’t he be in prison???

Isn’t it strange how the demand for hate crimes always far outstrips the supply?

    gospace in reply to Ironclaw. | November 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    But are the authorities going to accede to his request and charge him with a hate crime? It meets a definition- a crime designed to create racial discord….

      Milhouse in reply to gospace. | November 21, 2022 at 8:26 am

      That is not the definition of a hate crime. An intent to create discord is not an element.

      A hate crime is a crime committed because of the victim’s (real or perceived) race, sex, etc.. The exact list of “etc.” varies from state to state. In California the list is: (1) disability, (2) gender, (3) nationality, (4) race or ethnicity, (5) religion, (6) sexual orientation, and (7) association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

      This character didn’t burn his place down because of his own race or sexual orientation. So it’s not a hate crime.

        BLSinSC in reply to Milhouse. | November 21, 2022 at 8:34 am

        NO, he blames anyone who is NOT BLACK OR GAY! The indications are that some RACIST or Anti-gay person did this so by definition (yours), HE TARGETED someone BECAUSE of THEIR RACE or SEXUAL orientation!

          I disagree that he “targeted someone” because of their race. If he can’t point a finger at a single person or identifiable group of people (i.e., that gang over there, or that biker group there) then there’s no real targeting.

          However, he most certainly did what he did with an eye on the “identity” of the perpetrator – his own self!

        This character didn’t burn his place down because of his own race or sexual orientation.
        Actually, Milhouse, he did precisely that!

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Ironclaw. | November 20, 2022 at 8:37 am

    And of course, had I scrolled down a little farther, I would not have needed to post above. Good minds, as they say….

    chrisboltssr in reply to Ironclaw. | November 20, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Not at all. Aggrieved groups must always lie to give justification to their grievance because ain’t enough white prior sound to give it to them.

Entry #476 at

“Throughout the ordeal I’ve had my power chords cut”
Van Halen you ain’t, Bunky.

The noose was a nice touch, though.

Here’s a class project: in the past 30 years or so, have there been any “hate crimes” that have involved a noose that actually turned out to be real? Eliminate all the cases where nobody was ever fingered one way or the other. Because right now, off the top of my head, I believe that a noose has a perfect historic record of being associated with FAKE hate crimes.

    Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | November 21, 2022 at 8:54 am

    That’s because the noose is an invented hate symbol. Only would-be victims think it’s a hate symbol; actual haters don’t use it.

“”there doesn’t look like much hope for holding anyone responsible.” “”

Hey there, Avonte, I’ve got some good news and some bad news…..

Who the heck eats at a vegan food truck??

No wonder he took the fake hate crime root. (pun intended)

He would have been more successful if took the BLM route….they made millions and never spent a dime on blacks.

Even if it wasn’t fake, vegan food sucks. If I was on the jury of someone accused of arson by lighting up a vegan food truck I’d vote not guilty.
Or as Marie Antwonetter used to say – “let them eat bugs”.

    healthguyfsu in reply to 4fun. | November 19, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Lol….I disagree slightly as I’ve actually had a food truck that served soul vegan food and their mac and “cheese” was delicious. It wasn’t mac and it wasn’t cheese but it was awesome.

    Other than that, though, yeah, this guy can rot.

    Justice gets served against a hoaxer…now do ALL of the college hoaxers too. They shouldn’t be immune from prosecution just because they are entitled tuition-borrowing brats (that want someone else to pay for it).

The irony here. A vegan food truck selling imitation food suffers destruction from imitation fire.

Fake noose is better than no noose I guess. Someone please inform Brandon about this fake noose.

Formerly known as Skeptic | November 20, 2022 at 9:16 am

“Avonte Hartsfield, who is black and gay, claimed that there should be hate crime charges filed when the culprit was found.”

I think he should get his wish.

He about to become a lot more gay now.

“Throughout the ordeal I’ve had my power chords cut,”

As an audio engineer I can assure you: When you suck that bad at guitar, we turn you down or off in the house mix… 🙂

The moment when you realize that a “vegan food truck” is not a viable thing.