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FACT CHECK: Folsom Farmhouse Restaurant Not Involved in Firearm Incident with Postal Worker

A call for a boycott of a Tattnall County business made by a Glennville City Councilman on Monday ignited the internet, but an incident report on file with the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office tells a story which has no involvement of the local business. 

A call for a boycott of a Tattnall County business made by a Glennville City Councilman on Monday ignited the internet, but an incident report on file with the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office tells a story which has no involvement of the local business. 

Councilman Micah King made the post  Monday evening, alleging that a black female had a gun drawn on her while she was delivering mail to Folsom Farms Restaurant on Monday afternoon. On his personal page, King (whose personal page is under Micah Meshach) said “As a concerned citizen and by virtue of the seat I was elected to hold, I must speak on and call for justice in all situations not just ones that I feel will be high profile or less controversial than others.” King said the justification for the drawing of a firearm was because of ‘speculation’ by the owner and alleged it was racially motivated. 

King then called for a “COMPLETE boycott of Folsom Farms restaurant” and sought help in organizing a protest in front of the restaurant. 

But the incident report on file with the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, which details the events according to the female postal worker, shows an alternate location for the incident and makes no reference to the incident occurring AT The Farmhouse as outlined in King’s post. Folsom Farmhouse Restaurant has a listed address on Highway 301 South while the incident location occurred at a private residence on Folsom Loop.

Additionally, while the man named in the report is a Folsom family member, he is not the owner of the restaurant and has no affiliation with the restaurant operations. The Folsom noted in the incident report works in heavy construction.

According to the incident report, a deputy was dispatched to the Glennville Police Department just before 8:00 p.m. Monday night in reference to a report of an incident involving a gun being pointed at a mail carrier. The deputy met with the victim, Jocelyn Bradley, who told the deputy about the incident, citing the last name of the man and the address on Folsom Loop. 

Bradley told the deputy that she believed the man, listed as Jeffrey Folsom, was owner of the Farmhouse Restaurant. The incident report says Bradley “was in performance of her official duties as mail carrier and that her vehicle was clearly marked as such in addition to her United States Postal Service apparel that she was wearing at the time. Mrs. Bradley advised that she was retrieving packages from the passenger side back seat of the vehicle when she heard a click, and she looked up to Mr. Folsom pointing a black handgun at her. Mr.s Bradley advised that Mr. Folsom did eventually lower the weapon and apologize before she left the resident. [She] stated that she was not injured, but that she was “shaken and upset.” The victim’s account to the deputy does not mention race.

The report also indicates that Jocelyn Bradley was not the complainant but her father-in-law, Raymond Bradley, was. 

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AllOnGeorgia spoke to Jeffrey Folsom Tuesday and he said the incident had nothing to do with race. “The mail was running late Monday, it was after 6:00 p.m. and a vehicle I didn’t recognize pulled in around to the back of my house,” Folsom said, explaining the mail usually arrives between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. He said he couldn’t tell who got out of the car and could only see the vehicle from where he was standing. That’s when he saw Bradley, who identified herself as a USPS worker. Folsom said he apologized immediately and told her he didn’t know she was coming to the back side of the house. He says Bradley told him it was because of his dogs, which Folsom said he understood.

In detailing his story, Folsom said, “I’ve had some things stolen off my property, a few years ago, my mother’s house was broken into at gunpoint. I’m going to be prepared. If you’re on my property unannounced, I’m going to have a gun. I’m exercising my constitutional right to defend my property. Had I known it was a US Postal worker, I would not have pointed a gun at her.”

The post by King has negatively impacted the business with members in the community perpetuating the calls for a boycott while simultaneously offering negative reviews and feedback of the restaurant. Others have noted that Folsom is not affiliated with the restaurant, but still want a boycott until the restaurant makes a statement.

The Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that due to the involvement of the postal worker while on-duty, the U.S. Postal Inspector has taken over the investigation. This is a decision that comes from USPS and not TCSO. The turnover, however, is not indicative of wrongdoing or forthcoming charges for any person involved. It is merely standard due to the nature of the USPS jurisdiction. 

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

16 Comments

16 Comments

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    Karen Folsom

    July 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for setting the record straight. For actually reporting the facts, the whole truth. We serve our community with grateful hearts, for their support of our small business, no matter the race. We greatly appreciate the article.

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    Jacob Crowley

    July 8, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I sure hope everyone swallows their pride and apologizes for immediately jumping on the race bandwagon on something they obviously knew nothing about, especially the city councilman.

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      AngieAnderson

      July 8, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      YOU COULD NOT POSSIBLY FIND A MORE GODLY AND HONORABLE FAMILY ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET, THAN THE FOLSOM FAMILY!!! SHAME ON MICAH KING FOR TRYING TO INSIGHT HOSTILITY AND POTENTIAL VIOLENCE OVER THIS SITUATION!!!! WHEN YOU KNOW THE FACTS OF THE SITUATION, EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED MADE PERFECT SENSE!!! AND IN THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY, WE JUST CANNOT BE TOO CAREFUL!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS, THE FOLSOMS ARE ABOUT AS HONORABLE AND GODLY A FAMILY AS YOU COULD EVER, EVER, HAVE THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING!!! THEY ARE JUST TRULY AMAZING PEOPLE!!!! THIS ASSAULT ON THEM IS EXTREMELY DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL!!!!…….. AND BESIDES, WHAT IN THE WORLD DID THE FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT HAVE TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS????…….. THIS ACTION BY MK IS JUST TOTAL INSANITY!!!! GOD WILL JUST BLESS THE FOLSOMS EVEN MORE!!!

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    Danny griner

    July 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    I think he needs to get with the mayor stand in front of city hall antell the owers he sorry for what he’s done an remove him from his seat town of Glennville don’t need somebody like him in that seat because the flosom farm people are good people an run a good business

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      Deborah Coleman

      July 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

      I totally agree. Micah King is trying to invite trouble where it is not warranted. He jumped the gun and made false allegations. He should apologize. Vote him out.

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    Robert James Macfarlane

    July 8, 2020 at 8:43 am

    There is nothing in that report whatsoever about racism except for the action taken by the city councilman. Knowing nothing about the facts the councilman had to jump in for his BLM 15 minutes of fame.

    The Folsom family in that restaurant are the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Though I live in South Florida, I have a place in Ludowici and never come to the area without going to Folsom Farmhouse — it is my wife’s favorite place. I’ve been dealing with the Folsom’s business since prior to there being a restaurant there. Honest, friendly people.

    Drive up to my backdoor in a vehicle I don’t recognize, if you are white, black, green, yellow or brown, and I can certainly understand the reaction of the man. What is difficult to understand is that the story did not redact the filth spewed by the husband. Shame on you “AllOnGeorgia!”

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    Vicki Batten

    July 8, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Folsom Farm Restaurant is run by wonderful people. If only everyone that comments could come and experience the delicious food prepared by this great family.

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    David Hodges

    July 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

    “Councilman Micah King made the post Monday evening, alleging that a black female had a gun drawn on her while she was delivering mail to Folsom Farms Restaurant on Monday afternoon…King then called for a ‘COMPLETE boycott of Folsom Farms restaurant’ and sought help in organizing a protest in front of the restaurant.” Is anyone still wondering why Deuteronomy 17: 15 says we are not to set a stranger to rule over us, but rather to choose a ruler from among our own brethren?

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      Deborah Coleman

      July 9, 2020 at 11:21 am

      I like your post. Totally agree. Vote him out.

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      Deborah L Coleman

      July 10, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Amen

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    AngieAnderson

    July 8, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    YOU COULD NOT POSSIBLY FIND A MORE GODLY AND HONORABLE FAMILY ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET, THAN THE FOLSOM FAMILY!!! SHAME ON THIS MICAH KING CHARACTER FOR TRYING TO INSIGHT HOSTILITY AND POTENTIAL VIOLENCE OVER THIS SITUATION!!!! WHEN YOU KNOW THE FACTS OF THE SITUATION, EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED MADE PERFECT SENSE!!! AND IN THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY, WE JUST CANNOT BE TOO CAREFUL!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS, THE FOLSOMS ARE ABOUT AS HONORABLE AND GODLY A FAMILY AS YOU COULD EVER, EVER, HAVE THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING!!! THEY ARE JUST TRULY AMAZING PEOPLE!!!! THIS ASSAULT ON THEM IS EXTREMELY DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL!!!!…….. AND BESIDES, WHAT IN THE WORLD DID THE FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT HAVE TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS????…….. THIS ACTION BY MK IS JUST TOTAL INSANITY!!!! GOD WILL JUST BLESS THE FOLSOMS EVEN MORE!!!

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    Nancy N Willis

    July 8, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I think what happened to the postal worker was terrifying…but had nothing to do with the Farmhouse Restaurant.No one is responsible for another adults behavior.Not even Mr.Kings who seems to be looking for trouble.Get your facts straight sir.

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    Delmar

    July 9, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Are you kidding me? Counselor King, Do you know what this is? Defamation of Character. YOU need to be sued for your actions. If you protest in front of the Folsom Farms Restaurant, YOU need to be arrested and spend time it jail. You are trying to ruin a family Business and and Families Reputation just to get your 15 minutes of fame and your name in the paper.

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    Chuck graham

    July 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    The moron city councilman, who so quickly pulls the race card , isn’t fit to serve as dogcatcher.

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      Deborah L Coleman

      July 10, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Agreed.

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    Deborah L Coleman

    July 10, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Counselor King, you owe the Folsom family a public apology. You tried to make this incident into a race issue which was not the case. Be as quick to apologize as you were to accuse.

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