CLERMONT, N.J. — The Barbie doll store that once provided a refuge for young women has closed after its owners were accused of harassing and bullying teenage girls.
Barbie dolls are one of the most popular dolls in the world, but the shop’s owner, Lisa K. Hirsch, told NJ Advance Media that she and her husband decided to close the business after receiving a string of threats and negative online reviews.
The threats and reviews came to light in early December when a local news outlet published photos of a barbie that had been covered in blood and had blood on it.
Hester says her husband, who was also a customer at the store, alerted authorities to the incident.
Hirsch told NJ.com that she received several death threats and that she had received hate mail and death threats online.
The couple said they have been dealing with bullying and harassment on social media.
Henceforth, the Hirschs plan to sell their Barbie store in Camden, New Jersey.
The family has received some positive reviews online, but there are still a lot of negative comments and messages on social sites and in the news about the closure.