How the Orlando Shooting Affected the Adjacent Tint Shop

June 29th, 2016 by Casey Flores

No business can be prepared for absolutely anything—and that was certainly the case for Pro Tint Orlando. The company is located directly adjacent to the Pulse Nightclub, which was the site of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history on Saturday, June 11. A total of 49 people were killed and 53 were injured.

The map below shows Pro Tint’s proximity to Pulse Nightclub:

Co-Owner Earl Kurtz spoke with Window Film magazine on how the terrorist attack continues to hurt his business—even after he re-opened on June 22.

WFM: So what exactly happened on your property the night of the attack?

EK: The gunman parked his car on my property. Some of the victims also parked their car here. Investigators fenced my property off from that Sunday until Wednesday of last week, for a total of 10 days.

WFM: We’d imagine that’d affect business. How much?

EK: Being closed 10 days, we lost $32,000. Part of that was from being closed but also 40 percent of our customer base was from the LGBT community [the shop is located in a historically gay area of Orlando] and they’re not coming for multiple reasons.

WFM: How are day-to-day operations since re-opening?

EK: I’m just trying to get back to life. I have two police officers on my property at all times. People are parking in our lot and going to the memorial to see the site and take pictures. We don’t mind it but they park in front of our tint bays, etc. We ask them to move and they don’t. I have about 30 cars on my lot now—we usually have probably 10 – 15. The people who walk over to Pulse makes my business look busy when it isn’t so drive-by customers don’t even stop.

Also, since the police officers are here, people don’t want to come in and get their windows tinted—especially if they want it darker than legal. In Florida, everyone is darker than legal. They don’t want to do it here.

WFM: How do you plan to recoup your business?

EK: I’m pouring on the advertising. Also we’ve given the survivors who were hospitalized a free tint job. 3M reached out and is helping me with film. But there’s no government assistance. A cell phone repair business nearby went out of business. They shut us down for 9 days. They wanted to give us a 90-day interest free loan, but you have to pay that back. Governor Rick Scott is working on something to help those of us who have been affected.

WFM: How do you feel about everything that happened?

EK: I feel mostly sad. Coming to work and 49 people got killed right next to your business—it’s hard to cope with it. It doesn’t feel real.

WFM: How can you even plan for something like this?

EK: Have more money under your mattress.

Kurtz was also interviewed by Fox 35 Orlando about the impact the attack has had on business. According to the news source, he’s been paying employees out of his own pocket so they can support their families. You can watch the video below:

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  1. Its being in the wrong place at the wrong time.I feel sorry for the poor fellows. What about some insurance for this type of interference. The USA Government should come to their aid.Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa

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