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Piñata maker sorry over controversial scene outside his business

The owner of Happy Kids Piñatas apologized after the image was shared on social media.

A piñata maker who runs a business out of his north Minneapolis home has apologized after the above photograph was captured outside his property.

Victor Chavarria, who runs Happy Kids Piñatas, regularly hangs his creations outside to help them dry as he fulfills orders.

However on Friday, while filling an order for a wedding party, a passerby snapped a picture of three piñatas of black people hanging from his porch.

It was then shared on social media, seemingly without any accompanying explanation about Chavarria's business, which prompted a storm of outrage and threats that forced the piñata maker to explain what he said was an unfortunate misunderstanding.

"I sincerely apologize for my ignorance/lack or sensitivity with my community here in north Minneapolis," he said in his post.


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While he typically makes piñatas for children's birthdays that tend to be of superheroes and other movie characters, he explains he received an unusual order from a soon-to-be-wed couple, who wanted piñatas of their entire wedding party.

The party included white, Latino and black groomsmen and bridesmaids, which led to some of the creations shown in the picture.

Chavarria told MPR that he had to call police after receiving threats over the picture, and asked for extra patrols in his neighborhood.

He's said he won't hang any of his piñatas on his front porch in the future.

Here's Happy Kids Piñatas' full statement.

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