Filthy Asheville Hippy Don Fairbanks Assaults Elderly Travelers Rest Woman

54-year-old Don Fairbanks is an Asheville institution. He works for the city as a “media technical specialist” in the Business Services Division and when he’s not doing that he’s supporting Asheville’s hip art scene, doing the graphic design for the Asheville Film Festival in 2009. It’s safe to say that Don Fairbanks is the best Asheville has to offer.

Which is perhaps why he felt entitled enough to attempt to murder a 73-year-old woman named Shelby Walker in a road rage incident over a parking space. Behold Ashvillian immaturity in action:

According to Walker, Fairbanks cut her off — nearly striking her vehicle — and took the parking spot that she was about to pull into. Walker said she threw her hands up and said to her 79-year-old friend who was with her in the car, “He’s an idiot.”

Walker said Fairbanks began cursing at her and “had a wild look in his eye.”

After she found another parking space, Walker said she and her friend approached the restaurant to have breakfast, and Fairbanks was waiting for them with his arms stretched out, blocking the door.

According to Walker, her friend told Fairbanks that he took their parking space, “and that’s when he just let all hell break loose.”

“He got right in my face — I mean, nose to nose — and was saying the same thing over and over: ‘F*** you, f*** you,’ ” Walker said. “I actually was frightened. It scared me, and to get him out of my face, I popped him, and I don’t remember anything after that.”

Police say Fairbanks responded by striking Walker, who says she is 4-foot-11 and weighs 120 pounds.

“I don’t know if he hit me with his fist — I really don’t know because I don’t remember the hit,” she said. “And I don’t remember hitting the concrete.”

Walker said she was dazed for a few minutes and couldn’t get up until two male Cracker Barrel customers helped her to a chair. The restaurant manager called police, she added, while Fairbanks “paraded” into the restaurant to eat breakfast before police “paraded him back out.”

Walker’s injuries included a concussion, whiplash and a contusion on her hip, she said. She also had redness and swelling on her face, according to police.

So let’s break this down. The peace loving “progressive” Ashville official took time away from spreading rainbows and fairy (read angel) dust to travel to a Hendersonville Cracker Barrel, steal a parking space from an old lady then wait for her in front of a restaurant to scream obscenities in her face. When the 73-year-old got scared and slapped the man for screaming at her (which is what he had coming) he beat her up, then thought he could casually eat at Cracker Barrel while the staff was picking up the old woman he beat down.

That has Asheville written all over it.

Me and the Mrs. went to Asheville a few weeks ago, because we never had been there. For northerners who haven’t been there don’t bother – it’s kind of a cross between Hartford, CT, Newark NJ and the parts of Greenwich Village where you buy drugs. What struck me the most about it though was the people. No matter the age they were all the same carbon copy of what people think is a hip, intelligent “liberal” American. They all had the same clothing, the same tattoos and many were having the same conversations over and over again. It’s a town full of angry, arrogant posers pretending to live in a city. They look down on the rest of the Carolinas and it shows. Fairbanks was demonstrating the culture of Asheville, displaying the disdain the people of Asheville feel for the rest of North and South Carolina. His disdain was so great, so all consuming, that he literally thought he could savage an old lady and then sit down for a meal as the people around him cowed.

If anyone has a picture of this degenerate let me know and I’ll post it. And if you have plans to spend money in Asheville don’t. Why reward these people for pretending they aren’t part of the Carolinas? Greenville is less pretentious, and has much better restaurants. And if anyone runs into Fairbanks before his May 12th court appearance cut him off – then when he attacks you kick his ass.


47 Responses to “Filthy Asheville Hippy Don Fairbanks Assaults Elderly Travelers Rest Woman”

  1. Eric on March 23rd, 2011 10:20 am

    Living in Greenville and having visited Asheville extensively for business, I can say for that Asheville is a more pleasant, beautiful and friendly place to be. If I could I would gladly move there. Perhaps some day…

    Your article seems rather biased and sensationalist.

  2. anonymous on March 23rd, 2011 12:22 pm

    and Greenville is such a lovely place where a straight boy kills a gay boy and barely goes to jail for it?

    pot meet kettle?

  3. april on March 23rd, 2011 1:18 pm

    This is a horrible situation and Fairbanks deserves what he gets. That being said, to judge an entire city based on the actions of one raving lunatic is narrow-minded and reductive. Asheville has plenty of weirdos but that’s part of our charm and one of the reason people like to visit. I’m positive that I am neither a filthy hippy nor would I act trashy like Mr. Fairbanks so your assumption that we are all behave like this is just wrong. Some of us were brought up right.

  4. Rob Taylor on March 23rd, 2011 2:29 pm

    If any of your hippies read what I wrote you’d see that it’s not “reductive” because I WAS JUST IN ASHEVILLE. I also lived in NYC and near Hartford and on the border of Newark. Don’t bullshit. Beating the crap out of a old lady isn’t “trashy” it’s evil. The fact none of you said that but defended Asheville proves my point.

    Having plenty of weirdos is charming until you look at crime rates April. And of course you don’t have weirdos, you have drug using bourgeois douchebags who refuse to grow up. Thjere’s a difference.

  5. Jaime on March 23rd, 2011 4:51 pm

    Way to generalize.

    Beating that lady up was cruel and idiotic but DON’T assume you know all of the city or everyone who lives here from one incident or individual.So you visited A-ville,so what?

    You making assumptions of us all shows your bias.

  6. Forrest Samuels on March 23rd, 2011 4:51 pm

    First, this happened in Hendersonville, NOT Asheville. Hendersonville isn’t even in the same county. The demographics change quickly when you get outside of the Asheville city limits. Fairbanks sounds like he has some anger management issues and pining his inexcusable behavior on the entire city just because he works for Asheville is ridiculous. The beauty of Asheville is we accept everyone for who they are. Come one, come all!

  7. Rob Taylor on March 23rd, 2011 4:58 pm

    Forrest – Fairbanks works for the city of Asheville and is a big part of it’s civic life. Nice try. I link to his job and where he was on the committee of one of the bigger film festivals there.

    Jaime – You think beating up an old lady is just idiotic and cruel, that’s the point. Beating up another guy in a bar is idiotic and cruel – beating up an elderly woman goes beyond that. You don’t see that.

  8. Loup Garou on March 23rd, 2011 5:17 pm

    Asheville… yeah… well, I use tot take the whole family to Bele Chere, but haven’t been back for years…. sure it was neat to watch all the hippy freaks really show out, but after a few times I worried more about getting stuck by a dirty needle while pushing through the crowd, and hoping my car was not broken into. Not to mention the increased gang violence in the past few years. Assville has nothing for me thanks.

  9. ThePaganTemple on March 24th, 2011 12:28 am

    The fact that the son-of-a-bitch thought he could beat up an old woman, in the presence of her companion, and then casually walk into the restaurant where they were at and eat his food as though it was no big deal speaks volumes about what kind of people are there. No, not all of them, but evidently enough of them are like that, that this guy thought it would not seem out of the ordinary to them enough to cause him any problems.

    A lot of the people living there would probably consider actions like this to be part of Asheville’s quaint charm.

  10. Rob Taylor on March 24th, 2011 12:35 am

    Surely this is not unusual for him and he’s worked for the city for years.

  11. Jason Barrett on March 24th, 2011 8:58 am

    This was my grandmother that this happened to. The only photo I have found is on Facebook. His name is Don Lindsay Fairbanks. Lindsay Fairbanks on Facebook. And yes, he is a dirty old hippy.

  12. Jason Barrett on March 24th, 2011 10:05 am

    Wow, he must be right on top of everything and really ashamed to have his face posted anywhere. Now he has deleted his Facebook profile.

  13. Jason Barrett on March 24th, 2011 10:25 am

    And let me also point out to the people of Asheville, not all people share the same opinions, but if you look at Asheville City Times online and you view all of the comments on the story, its your own community that is bringing all of the negativity to yourselves. I agree with Rob on this one. The peiple of Asheville seems to look down on others and want to act like they’re all high and mighty. I have been to Asheville many times, and there are parts of the city that I enjoy. But in all honesty, you cant deny that the city has major problems, much like any other city in this country.

  14. gary on March 24th, 2011 11:30 am

    this happened in HENDERSONVILLE NC not asheville.
    hendersonville is a decent town with a large retired population not smelly hippies w/dirty needles. NONE of your over the top descriptions of asheville apply to hendersonville. the guy is a jerk no matter what town he is in.

  15. Sheila Barrett on March 24th, 2011 11:35 am

    This is my mother and i was the one that took her to the hospital. Now all you people out there STOP and think if it was your mother (unless you are so low down that you don’t care about your mother) if she was hit that hard in the face and neck that it left her injured, what would you do? I think Donald Fairbanks should loose his license for road rage and be charged properly. She is 73 years old this was a head injury, with other bodily injuries. Now you take alittle time to think about it.

  16. Jason Barrett on March 24th, 2011 12:23 pm

    I understand this was in Hendersonville, BUT he is an employee of Asheville city. He works with parks and recreations, but I also found that he has done work for the senior citizens of Asheville. What does that say about your city employees. It doesnt matter if it happened in Hendersonville, Asheville, or BFE. It happened, and he needs to be punished for it. Do you want someone in your city with a short fuse to work with your children and elderly?

  17. april on March 24th, 2011 1:13 pm

    I am not arguing that this man needs to be fired and charged for his actions against this woman. His behavior is completely inexcusable. But we you see when you visit Asheville is a tiny part of the city and the community as a whole. People have families and lives here and I think I can safely posit that the majority of the residents neither act this way nor condone this type of behavior. I hope the man is fired and that he goes back to whatever hovel he cam from. But hey-we can all make our sweeping judgments based on one person’s behavior, can’t we? So, let me guess: Let me guess-you’re another Yankee who has moved South and now isn’t happy with things? Fantastic. :/

  18. Loup Garou on March 24th, 2011 1:20 pm

    Gary, you’re right, Hendersonville has the Apple festival…. not dirty needles. my mistake.

  19. Jason Barrett on March 24th, 2011 1:26 pm

    No, actually I was born and raised here in South Carolina, and the fact that you use the term “yankee” shows your ignorance as well. In fact, I’m farther south than you, so wouldn’t that technically make you the “yankee”. Im just stating that comments I have read from the Asheville community shows the level of ignorance there. I never said all of Asheville, but if you read the comments by the Asheville community in Asheville Citizen Times, there are more people commenting saying that what happened was ok. Well, its not, and those people are the ones that give your community a bad rep. Im sure there are decents folks in Asheville, as there are anywhere. However, people like Don Fairbanks, which WORKS WITH children AND senior citizens doesnt deserve to be employed by the city.

  20. Rob Taylor on March 24th, 2011 3:03 pm

    April – doesn’t he deserve more than to be fired? Like prison time?

    And as Jason said, look at the comments of your fellow hipster dirtbags from Asheville online. I see you aren’t there condemn them for defending/minimizing this maniac’s behavior. Interesting.

  21. Sheila Barrett on March 24th, 2011 3:49 pm

    I read in the asheville citizen a comment that was made that it was her fault. Well that person needs to go back and read the article. Fairbanks is the one that cut the lady off for the parking and then he was waiting for her at the door and then cursed her out. Don’t you think it was his fault? What brains…..

  22. april on March 24th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Mr. Barrett, I was talking to the author of this blog, not you and I was actually not condemning Yankees, merely making a point about the danger of making sweeping generalizations of people. OF COURSE I condemn this man’s behavior! I’m sure if hasn’t already been charged with assault, he will be and absolutely deserves it. And apologies if I left out condemning my “fellow hipster dirtbags from Asheville.” I guess that means I’m one, too? Actually, I’m a rather conventional librarian. Interesting, as you would say.

  23. Rob Taylor on March 24th, 2011 4:30 pm

    You haven’t condemned his behavior in anything but a perfunctory way. More importantly you haven’t condemned the people you’re defending who are right now blaming the old woman for the assault at the Asheville Citizen Times. Why?

    And my wife went to Library school – I have it on good authority that many Librarians are hipsters and dirtbags. Especially ones who don’t care that a significant portion of comments on the Internet from her compatriots support a maniac that your city employs.

    Are you really saying you don’t look down on others? Because it’s pretty obvious you do.

  24. april on March 24th, 2011 5:50 pm

    Only on you at this point, Mr. Taylor.

  25. Rob Taylor on March 24th, 2011 5:54 pm

    But not Fairbanks or the people defending him, which is my point.

  26. MikeC on March 25th, 2011 8:49 am

    Read in a different article that Don Fairbanks lives in Hendersonville.

  27. Phineas Butterworth on March 25th, 2011 10:17 am

    Rob states that Asheville people are wrong because they look down on others. This very statement shows that Rob looks down on Asheville people, therefore Rob is wrong. Can everyone go back to work now?

  28. DodiaFae on March 25th, 2011 12:18 pm

    I googled a couple of the news articles on this story and skipped right to the comments (I don’t have to read the articles to know that it is never OK to hit an old lady) and I’m floored by the comments. People saying they would have clocked her? People saying that a city worker, who works with the elderly and children, should not be fired for beating on an old woman? Wow. Back in the days when I worked for a bank, I’d have been fired on the spot if I had been arrested for assaulting anyone, even on my own time. Why? Because that person could have easily been a customer of the bank.

    The asshats defending this guy are just as bad. I’ll say the same thing to the lovely folks of Ashville that I say to the people in the Pagan and Roman Catholic communities when they get all pissy about me pointing out abuses withing their communities: Suck it up. If you don’t like people lumping you in with the abusive Pieces of shit, then don’t be silent about the abuse. That shows indifference, and like it or not, indifference is the same as acceptance.

    One of my favorite quotes:

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

    - Edmund Burke

    So speak up, but if all you can muster is “don’t lump me in with those guys”, then don’t bother.

  29. anonymous on March 25th, 2011 1:05 pm

    don’t be a drag(net), just be a queen!

  30. Casper Townshen on March 29th, 2011 12:48 am

    Wow, just wow. First off this happened in Hendersonville. Second he is just an employee of the City of Asheville, but he lives in Hendersonville. It isn’t right to hit a woman period. But at the same time, if he was screaming and had that “crazy look in his eye” what kind of moron would haul off and slap him? He slapped her back. Was it right? No. My grandmother always told me. If a woman is man enough to hit you, then you better be man enough to hit her back. Not beat her just hit her back. Because if you don’t I will kick your @$$ and her’s.

    If you really want my opinion. Both should be charged with assault since she did in fact slap him. He should have more charges added of course.

    I saw the lady’s post saying “This was my mother….how would you feel if this happened to your mother?” I can honestly say I would be mad. But then again I would hope if some guy is cussing at her, and she deems him dangerous because of a “crazy look in his eye” :rolleyes: that she would indeed go back to her car and wait a few minutes then go back in the resturant if that is where she in fact still wanted to go. If not to just call the police. I would also hope my mom would be smart enough not to slap and provoke someone who she deems are crazy!

  31. Rob Taylor on March 29th, 2011 12:57 am

    You’re going to hell.

  32. DodiaFae on March 29th, 2011 1:04 pm

    According to reports (and there apparently were witnesses), he wouldn’t let her get away from him, he was screaming at her and acting in a very threatening manner. I just want to say that if some douche is “man” enough to behave that way towards me, then he’d better be ready to get my knee in his nuts so hard he’ll be choking on them. That’s not assault, that’s self-defense. This lady was defending herself.

    The fact that this guy works with children and the elderly for Asheville, paid with the tax dollars collected from the Asheville residents, and he wasn’t automatically fired for beating (yes, beating, not slapping) an old lady (and most of the residents paying his salary haven’t protested his “on leave with pay” status) speaks volumes. Just sayin’…

  33. Loup Garou on March 30th, 2011 11:04 am

    I’m sooo glad the word “Douche” has made it’s way back into Blog culture…LOL

  34. Jason Barrett on March 31st, 2011 7:01 pm

    There was a whole restraunt full of witnesses. So in the end he will get what he deserves. And Casper, I feel sorry for your grandmother if she told you its right to hit a woman. She must have been abused as a child. Maybe she should even consider seeking professional help. Its just not normal to think thats ok.

  35. DodiaFae on March 31st, 2011 9:40 pm

    Loup, it’s my new favorite… I’ve picked up some variations along the way, too. :)

  36. Togashi on March 31st, 2011 9:42 pm

    I knew Fairbanks, so I can tell you for sure that he is no “peace loving ‘progressive’”. He is in no way representative of most people in Asheville. He lives in Hendersonville, half an hour and a whole county away from Asheville. Feel free to condemn the man all you like, but you can’t use one man’s outburst to paint the entire city in a bad light.

  37. Rob Taylor on March 31st, 2011 9:47 pm

    That’s funny because I think I just did.

  38. Togashi on March 31st, 2011 10:06 pm

    So if he had decided to work half an hour south of where he lives instead of half an hour north, right now you’d be saying that every single person in Greenville is a horrible beater-up of old ladies?

  39. Rob Taylor on March 31st, 2011 10:13 pm

    No. And what I said about Asheville was that it was full of pricks who were so self-entitled and disgusting that they not only condoned this sort of person but hire him and make him a part of their civic life. And they did.

    And I read the comments at the Asheville Citizen Times and the people you’re defending took his side. Explain that. If Asheville isn’t full of pricks and assholes why did so many of them defend his attack on an elderly woman? And why aren’t you raising hell with them instead of here? Because you think someone dislike you and your cut-rate knock off of Greenwich Village is more important than the fact that your city employed a crazed degenerate.

  40. Togashi on March 31st, 2011 10:34 pm

    You know what, you’re absolutely right. I would never hire anybody who had the potential to flip his lid 12 years later and punch an old lady. Though I know now that he can apparently have some anger issues, until this happened I thought he was a pretty decent guy.

    Having read those comments now, I see that 4 of the 32 can even be construed as defending him, and one of those is simply pointing out that she hit him first. Glad to know that 4 people can prove a statement about an entire city.

    The Citizen Times article says that she approached him immediately after he stole the space, while the Times-News has the much more sensational story you quoted from. If the papers can’t get their stories straight, I’m all for the city waiting to fire him until he’s gone to court. Suspended without pay would probably have been better, but at least they’re waiting to get the official story before any final actions.

  41. Rob Taylor on March 31st, 2011 10:43 pm

    The real story is that he waited for her by the door and blocked her entrance and the “journalists” at the Asheville Times told a different story. Why do you think that is?

    Or do you believe that a elderly woman heading into cracker barrel wanted to throw down with some boomer?

    What story is here other than a cretin beating the crap out of an old lady? None but you scumbags from Asheville sure can find one. Like I said, been to your crap town, it’s basically an all White Newark, NJ and that you’re more interested in your ‘hoods rep than the fact that your city pays a degenerate to be a “media specialist’ is exactly what I’m talking about.

    Don’t try to understand it, just put on your ironic glasses and go by some coke from the trust fund baby playing dealer who hangs out in front of the anarchist book store.

    Oh, by the way, Black Bloc plans on trashing the place again, on April 4th. I suppose you’ll find someone else to argue with when they do.

  42. Togashi on March 31st, 2011 11:01 pm

    You know that’s the real story because you were there? I’ve known enough old ladies to believe one would want to “[tell] Fairbanks she didn’t think what he did was right.” As I’ve said, I don’t think Fairbanks was in the right, but I believe his employer is. You know, innocence until proven guilty, due process, all that jazz.

    Before this, he had been, at least to all outward appearances, a perfectly stable member of society, with no old lady punching on his record (as far as I know). I still don’t see how that qualifies as reason for the city not to have hired him in the first place. Nor do I a reason for placing “media specialist” in quotes as though it’s not a valid job in a city.

    I haven’t lived near Asheville for 4 years now, so it would be a little out of my way to go find your favorite coke dealer. But by all means, if you’re tired of rational discussion just fall back to the ad hominem attacks.

  43. lolwut on March 31st, 2011 11:42 pm

    You’re argument is invalid. No hippy would ever be caught dead near a Cracker Barrel.

  44. MM on April 28th, 2011 4:02 am

    HAHAHA this article sounds reeetarded. I used to know mr. fairbanks for a long time…. GUESS WHAT he was an AHole and GUESS WHAT he doesnt live in Asheville nope hes from HENDERSONVILLE and no hes not even a real hippie! stop trying to use this unfortunate event for your anti liberal agenda…. SO AGAIN HES FROM HENDERSONVILLE AND HES NOT EVEN A HIPPIE! Everyone knew he had a temper anyway

  45. Rob Taylor on April 28th, 2011 2:49 pm

    If you weren’t retarded and could read you’d see that your precious Ashevillle employs him in a bunch of phony, giveaway jobs.

  46. Sheila Barrett on May 4th, 2011 1:06 am

    i can’t believe you guys are still fussing about this. Fairbanks is not a hippie he is a artsy fartsy guy with a real bad anger problem. That is why he had that wild look in his eyes. This lady was blocked and could not get away from him. He was preventing her to go in and there were people behind her. If she had turned around to leave he would have came after her. She should have done what DodiaFae said and gave him a good knee, then he would not have been able to eat anything. This is just one person from Hendersonville i have nothing against Asheville or Hendersonville. You will find crazy people anywhere you go but I do think he should be properly punished for his actions.

  47. Debi Williams on November 19th, 2014 2:21 pm

    I guess it didn’t occur to anyone that the “little old lady” was lieing??? NO one mentioned that Don was escorting his disabled mother to the restaurant, that he had the right of way for the parking space, or that that sweet old lady was yelling obscenities at him for taking the parking space, then slapped him in the face for telling her to shut up. Oh yeah, thats right… the elderly and disabled are always right, i forgot. HE pushed her away from him sfter she slapped him. GUess you can’t defend yourself against the elderly either. TOo bad we take every story at face value and never question what the media writes, cause they always tell the truth, right?

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