A gay couple woke up to a scene that’s unfortunately all too common — the pride flag hanging outside their home had vanished.
Charlie Olivo and his husband were shocked. Sure, they had heard stories of similar thefts around the country, but they never would have imagined it could happen in their quiet University Heights, Ohio neighborhood.
The couple posted about the assumed act of homophobia on social media, hoping the crime may have been caught on a neighbor’s security system. They were blown away by the support they received.
Olivo’s community was outraged to learn about the flag’s disappearance. One neighbor, Joe Hochhieser, even offered to replace the flag and donate ten additional ones to other houses in the area.
“We kind of live in this time where there’s a lot of negativity. I thought, how can we spread a little bit of joy, how can we spread a little bit of light?” Hochhieser told 19 News.
And while Olvio’s outreach beautifully banded the community together, it yielded no clues in solving the crime.
Fortunately, another detective was already on the case — the couple’s dog, Daisy.
And when the thief returned to the scene of the crime one night, Daisy sprung into action.
“Our dog started barking out the window and like directly at the tree,” Olivo said. “So I opened the blinds, looked out the window and saw this little red and orange stripe.
“I said ‘Oh my gosh, I think that’s our pride flag’ and I looked and saw a big, fat raccoon walking up the limb, back and forth.”
Assuming the raccoon had no homophobic motives, it turned out the pride flag theft was a bit more harmless than originally feared. The fabric was being used as a rainbow-colored nest.
“We were shocked and a little bit like, ‘Oh my gosh, we can’t believe this happened,’” Olivo said.
“It was very heartwarming, pretty funny but a good ending. He can keep the flag,” he added.
And folks held onto the ones Hochhieser donated, too. Now there are eleven pride flags flying high in the neighborhood.
That’s a good one Lol…
Does anyone actually believe these stories? People seeking attention is all.
Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame.
Don’t anyone ever accuse gay men of being overly cynical.
Chillax guys! Take the sticks out of your butts (or maybe you’d calm down if you put them back in).
Yes, this really happened. I live in the area and raccoons take things all the time!
Stop being so cynical. It’s a cute story.
Yes, I do. And I think it would be totally believable to you as well if the couple were str8.
female dog much???
But yet, here you are!
Homophobic Raccoons! Who would have thought?
Maybe the raccoon is gay and is coming out.
Even though this story turned out to be humorous (if it’s even true), it’s always annoying how people get worked up over a damn flag.
dinard38 you would get upset if they took your Trump flag so get over it.
“Always annoying?” LOL What does that even mean? How often in life are you inconvenienced by the fact that people dislike theft and vandalism?
@Mack Geez!! A Trump flag? That’s the best you can do??
I love the negative comments on here. Proves their inability to just sit back and enjoy the humor. They must criticize and claim FAKE. Seriously people, figure out why you lean towards the negative side instead of just enjoying something in the moment.
It also shows people are too lazy to just click on the link to watch the video. Unless they think these guys are so dedicated that they trained the raccoon themselves. ?
Agree totalky with yr comment Bengali
I love it!
Raccoon Pride month.
These click and bait stories are worthless. I wish you guys had a little more integrity as a news source.
Bitch, moan, whine, harangue.
It’s a nice little news story with a fun bit at the end.
So why are you here?
We can all fantasize that the time will come when ‘a raccoon stole it’ will be the explanation any time something like that happens.
I think it’s hysterical, and it’s lovely other neighbors put up a flag in support.
A raccoon with internalized homophobia. Poor guy, “It gets better” LOL!
I agree with those who cannot believe how negative so many who comment on this site are. To immediately say this is fake? All anyone has to do is what I did — a quick Google search and I got to watch a great heartwarming local news feature about this.
Seriously, there are outdoor cameras you can purchase for less than 10 dollars. Why are homeowners in 2021 not using this technology?
Pictures. I want a picture of the raccoon’s nest, please!
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