New Hampshire innkeeper fined in conflict with couple she thought was Muslim

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A New Hampshire inn manager accused of shoving a couple she thought were Muslim will pay a fine under an agreement reached with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.

The agreement resolves allegations that Priscilla Protasowicki used force to remove the couple based on her belief they shouldn’t be there because of their religion and perceived national origin.

According to court documents, the couple and their 8-year-old daughter had booked a room at the lodge in advance, but were unhappy with the accommodations. When Mounaji, who was dressed in a hijab, asked Protasowicki to cancel the reservation and refund the charges, the innkeeper refused and said, “You’re a Muslim. You’re not supposed to be here” and “Muslims kill kids,” prosecutors allege.

At one point, the documents say, Protasowicki came from around the reception desk, grabbed Ghallami by the arm and tried to push him toward the door. She also allegedly asked the couple if they were “commies.”

A Carroll County grand jury indicted Protasowicki on criminal charges of simple assault subject to hate-crime enhancement. The New Hampshire AG’s Civil Rights Unit also filed a complaint accusing her of a hate crime.

Under the agreement, Protasowicki may have no further contact with the couple and their families.

She was fined $10,000. If she goes a year without contacting them, the fine will be reduced to $2,500.

The agreement says Protasowicki also will pay restitution to the couple. An amount wasn’t specified.

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