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Moochelle's Mythical "Food Desert"

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by MtBaldy, Apr 19, 2012.

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  1. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Moochelle claims that inner city urban areas are "food deserts" because many of them have no supermarkets nearby where residents can buy fresh fruit and vegetables. NYT has an article debunking that claim, no link because I will not register with the NYT. I have some personal involvement with the phenomena and don't hear anything like my experience in the media coverage about the reason WHY this may be true.

    Years ago I drove a produce delivery truck for a local supermarket chain in Savannah, GA. They had markets in all parts of the town and were constantly looking for new locations. Yet while I was with them they closed two markets in inner city minority neighborhoods. Moochelle would apparently have you believe it was due to pure racism, those wily Jews wanted their mostly black customers to suffer from malnutrition or have to take the bus to buy an orange. The truth of course was far simpler, the stores were losing money. I was in both stores many times. Their primary clientele were rude, violent, inconsiderate, and dishonest. Losses due to shoplifting were staggering. Fights in the stores and verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse of employees by customers was common. Employees were hard to find and keep because they soon found out the risk to their health and life wasn't worth it. Food was opened in the aisles and left partially consumed. Shopping carts were destroyed or disappeared almost as soon as they were offloaded from the truck. In fact a couple of times I was assigned to patrol the surrounding blocks to retrieve stolen shopping carts. Each sweep normally netted us a couple of dozen carts pushed home by residents and then left on the street or sidewalk. When faced with the totality of trying to run a nice store in the ghetto the owners of the chain simply decided it wasn't worth it.

    Maybe instead of whining about an inner city "food desert" Moochelle should ask why there are so few markets willing to operate there?
     
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    Maybe gorillas require a special diet?
     
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    Edited for content, 'cause I don't want to lock your thread about the first moochie.
     
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    I am guessing the bean counters at the corporate office have figured out that for whatever reason, no money to be made there. How capitalism works. Of course if you are a socialist, the fact that the people running the store want/need to make a profit, or at least break even, well it just doesn't enter your mind apparently.
     
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