"It's frustrating. We've really worked hard to build up a great thing here and a single comment from one person on the freedom of the Internet hasn't completely shattered it, but you can't focus on your customers or the business but rather how you can combat this," he said.
Silver said he reached out to the courthouse and to police, but was told that because everything was Internet-based, there wasn't much they could do and he was encouraged to see an attorney.
Silver planned to get a restraining order against Arsenault Tuesday afternoon so he could not step on the property again.
"This guy has some serious mental needs and needs to get help from people," Silver said. Silver said he asked Arsenault whether he took the page down voluntarily or if Facebook it down himself.
Arsenault responded with a text message, saying "I shut it down and I know I can't trust you now," Silver said.
Another page on Facebook, called "Boycott The Ugly Omelet," was started as well. It began as a negative thing, Silver said, but has actually turned into a page defending him and the restaurant.
"In the long run, the negative publicity turned into a bigger knowledge of people knowing I was here and coming out to the restaurant," he said. "It's really a messed-up situation. He's someone who has a lot of talent and he's just blowing it. There's no change that all becomes better after this. He crossed a line that never should have been crossed."
After being reached by telephone, Arsenault twice hung up on a reporter without commenting. Reached later, Arsenault said he had no idea what the reporter was talking about.
In 2011, Arsenault received a harassment-prevention order from a Clinton District Court judge after his Facebook page included multiple criticisms of state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster, including personal attacks and references to assassination.
Additionally, his page contained repeated comments about Flanagan's weight and numerous questions about her sexual orientation. He said at the time that he did not believe they were personal attacks.
He said at the time it was never his intention to intimidate Flanagan. During his court appearance in Clinton, where he acted as his own attorney, he said his free speech was being stifled and he repeatedly referred to himself as a journalist because of his work with Tri-City Scene.
Flanagan's attorney said after the order was continued for a full year that she wasn't concerned about the remarks he made concerning her weight or sexuality, but rather his "pattern of statements" that referenced assassinations, Gabrielle Giffords, and attempts to reach members of her family.
Arsenault posted pictures on his Facebook page that included a photo of Flanagan's boyfriend's workplace. He also wrote a phony review on the page of a garage where Flanagan's brother-in-law works and attempted to add members of her family to his friend list.
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