“You have no idea how much I want to slap you [expletive] face to the ground, you? ”
Over the weekend, the Warner McDaniel agency shared a series of screenshots in an Instagram post, which they claim contains conversations with Rabuchin of Vancouver Candle Co. The messages contain disturbing and hateful racist language.
A number of companies that Vancouver Candle Co. has worked with have responded with anger, sadness and shock.
Now, Nicolette Zoric, Rabuchin’s former assistant, shows up to call her former employer. In an Instagram post, she writes that she saw firsthand how, “This fellow is sick and how he has not spent time talking badly to anyone who has come across him.”
Zoric also shares a series of texts which she says Rabuchin sent to her. One of them reads, “You have no idea how much I want to smack your [expletive] face in the ground, you? “And the next one tells him to be careful.
In an email, Zoric tells Vancouver is awesome that she cannot speak fully of her past experience with Rabuchin due to a non-disclosure agreement. However, she says she suffered mentally for a few months after resigning from Vancouver Candle Co.
“All I can say is that I suffered mentally for a few months after he resigned – I was always contacted with hate messages from him and with a fake account, then I sent this threat of died in November. No excuses, “she wrote.
In his article, Zoric adds: “I never thought he was capable of so much hatred until I received threatening” anonymous “messages in November (having the intuition that it could be him) J let these messages slip. Until yesterday – having discovered that I was not the only victim of his psychotic outburst in November. “
On Monday June 8, Vancouver Candle Co. apologized for “offensive, inappropriate or racial comments”, but added that “there are many things that the original Warner McDaniel Agency message does not reveal, most, due to litigation in progress since 2019, we can no longer speak. ”
Today, the company shared an image that reads: “I f ** cked up. Co-owner Rabuchin also wrote a caption for the image, which states, “I have said things that are unacceptable, hurtful, and contrary to our business values. Racism has never been and will never be tolerated at Vancouver Candle Co. My past words don’t reflect what we stand for as a business. ”
In addition to declaring that he is “ashamed and embarrassed, Rabuchin says that he is withdrawing from the business:” My partner and I agree that it is better that I move away from Vancouver Candle Co, so that the company can continue to do what it does best, without the distractions I have caused. I will take the time to focus on becoming a better person, including sensitivity training, and I will continue to listen and learn. I promise to do better. ”
The company’s other co-owner is Rabuchin’s partner Farouk Babel.
Nick, co-owner: I said things that were unacceptable, hurtful and contrary to the values of our company. Racism has never been and will never be tolerated at Vancouver Candle Co. My final words do not reflect what we stand for as a business. My hypocrisy stops now. It’s my computation time. I am my part and I apologize without reservation. I firmly commit to do better, to be better and to help banish all forms of hatred. Although I did not send the offensive text message that used the word N, I rationalized the use of this hateful insult as being an acceptable part of pop culture. I sincerely and absolutely apologize. I was totally irrelevant and wrong. Aside from our litigation over a case, I owe the recipient an apology and reached out to him. Also 3 years ago, I sent a derogatory text about a colleague from the Jewish community. My text was very offensive. I’m ashamed and ashamed. I then apologized to the recipient and I apologize now. I will also reach out to Ms. Rothman. My life partner and I have always been proud to be role models of diversity and inclusiveness in our personal lives and as co-owners of Vancouver Candle Co, especially since we are an interracial gay couple. Today I realize that I have used my diverse identity as a license to misbehave, which is just not true, and I am very sorry. I dropped my family, the community, our employees and salespeople, our valued retailers and myself. I now realize that my diversity gives me greater responsibility for setting positive examples and combating all forms of hatred. This life-changing moment forces me to reflect on my past to chart a better future for myself and our business. My partner and I agree that it is best for me to get away from Vancouver Candle Co, so that the company can continue to do what it does best, without the distractions I have caused. I will take the time to focus on becoming a better person, including sensitivity training, and I will continue to listen and learn. I promise to do better. I will start by contacting Black Lives Matter Vancouver and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Vancouver with apologies. I just hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Thank you.
Retail giant Chapters Indigo says it will remove all Vancouver Candle Company products from its online site and stores.
Nordstrom Canada also carries the candle company, and he responded to a comment on an Instagram post last night asking him to withdraw the product, writing: Nordstrom does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and this extends to our partners. We take this seriously and investigate these claims. – Lauren. ”
VIA. has contacted Vancouver Candle Co. for comment and will update the story when the information becomes available.