He thought he had resolved a customer's concern about the Ukrainian flag atop his Kentucky steakhouse.
Ashlock told the man about his family's adoption of a teenage son from Ukraine three years prior, forming friendships in the process.
No. After a half-hour, the restaurant's phone, Facebook page, and Google reviews were flooded with hate.
The blaze has raged for a week in Bardstown, Kentucky, a town of 13,500. Ashlock, a moderate, said he intended to fly the flag until Russia left Ukraine.
“I'd love to take the flag down... because they're no longer at war,” he said.