GATLINBURG — Employees at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen were in for a surprise Wednesday morning, as they found themselves greeted by a bear upon entering the shop. ...
When Gwatha Kear and Dorothy Robbins arrived at the kitchen in the early morning hours, they entered as they always do — through the back door. The pair weaved their way through the candy-making equipment, before turning on an overhead hood light.
"We turned the light on and saw candy on the floor," Kear said. "We could tell something had been here, but we didn't know what. Never in a million years did I think a bear would break through that door."
Candy, wrappers and packaging were strewn throughout the back storeroom. Rock candy was broken in tiny pieces all over the floor and nuts were scattered everywhere. Pecan logs — $15.95 a pound — had been chewed on and hunks were missing out of $3 caramel apples. A whole container of white-chocolate-covered pretzels was demolished, including the plastic packaging they were housed in. ...
Upon further inspection, after rounding one of the candy-making counters, the women noticed a hole in glass of the front door. The bear had also relieved itself in front of the shop's glass display cases. ...Read the full article