Vandalism or Angry Irma? Johan’s Joe still brewing after window shattered


Johan’s Joe Swedish Coffee is fully operational today, even after dealing with a mysterious shattered window on Monday after Hurricane Irma blew through town.

The shop’s owners posted about the vandalism in the Engage West Palm Facebook Group, a closed Facebook community for West Palm residents. While saddened by the incident, the owners kept their poise and their humor.

“Maybe someone just wanted a really hot cup of coffee,” joked Laura Olsson, co-owner and general manager. “Maybe they didn’t have power.”

Whether a case of attempted robbery or caffeine withdrawals, it’s still unclear what actually broke the window. It could have been debris, but to the owners, the marks on the glass suggest it was a brick.

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The staff at Johan’s Joe looked through security camera footage and realized that the shattered window was the only one in the cameras’ blind spot. No debris or suspicious object was found next to the window.

It happened on Monday, September 11 around 4:00 a.m. in the midst of Hurricane Irma. The coffee shop’s alarm system went off and notified the owners. The staff didn’t address it until later that morning.

The glass shattered, but remained glued together. There was no entry to the coffee shop and nothing was taken.


“We have received support from our guests and we’re just happy nobody was hurt,” said Olsson. Still, “It’s disappointing. These times can really bring out the best in people, but also bring out the worst in some people.”

Customers have been coming in and sitting down as usual since the coffee shop never lost its power, AC or WiFi. With a large Earl Grey tea, regular Kelly Smith has been replying to her online business from her laptop. She isn’t afraid, but aware.

“As a business owner myself, I will consider strong windows and shutters at my boutique. I feel bad for business owners because we work so hard, and this place is so beautiful,” said Smith.

Olsson filed a police report, and is waiting for neighboring businesses or customers to give her any clues. Johan’s Joe is currently taking care of the security cameras system in order to address all blind spots and secure all areas of the shop.


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