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'Big Mama' complains parking tickets destroying her eatery
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | June 1, 2010 | Jeremy Boren

Posted on 06/01/2010 8:50:10 AM PDT by Willie Green

Big Mama has big problems.

Brenda Franklin says she might shut down Big Mama's House of Southern Cuisine and take her signature fried chicken, ribs, pulled pork and peach cobbler to another city because parking violations have cost her more than $3,000 in fines.

"I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to figure out how I'm going to pay my rent," Franklin said. "I've been trying to hold on and maintain. But they've been making it impossible."

Franklin appeared on the CBS "Early Show" in 2008 as part of "Small Businesses, Big Rescues," a series of stories in which the show paired expert mentors with novice entrepreneurs to improve their chances of survival

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: cityrevenue; donutwatch; policestate; revenuetickets; taxes

1 posted on 06/01/2010 8:50:10 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

The Elite don’t care if you want fried chicken — they suggest that you eat cake instead.


2 posted on 06/01/2010 8:53:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Next will be the tickets for using too much sodium and having transfats.


3 posted on 06/01/2010 8:54:53 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Willie Green

I’ve read the article twice and cannot find the passenger train...What’s up with that?


4 posted on 06/01/2010 8:58:33 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: ClearCase_guy; ICAB9USA
The Elite don’t care if you want fried chicken — they suggest that you eat cake instead.

That's very true.
But I just saw on another thread that BO is coming to the Burgh.
So maybe the Messiah will talk to Luke and fix Big Mama's parking tickets.
You'd think that would be the least he could do since they named a school after him anat.

5 posted on 06/01/2010 9:00:04 AM PDT by Willie Green (Klaatu barada nikto)
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To: Willie Green
He said police used to issue loading permits to park there, but after a neighboring owner copied the permits illegally, authorities ended the practice.

Sure, Zero Tolerance.

6 posted on 06/01/2010 9:02:05 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Willie Green
The idiots who run Pittsburgh see parking ticket revenue as a way to help pay their bloated city payrolls and pensions. Almost any town I've visited of similar size, $5 to $8 will get you a parking place downtown for the entire day. There is one spot by the incline near Station Square where I can do that near downtown Pittsburgh in exchange for hiking an extra half-mile or so. Everybody else wants $5 or more per hour.
7 posted on 06/01/2010 9:02:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Willie Green
You would think the “global warmist's”, etc. would want MORE parking not less. More parked cars, less “pollution”. You wold think this would apply to cities all over the world.

In fact there should be more FREE parking everywhere. In Paris you used to be able to park on the sidewalks.

Also instead of so many STOP signs there should be slow and yield signs. Less stopping and starting, less pollution.

All traffic lights controlled by computers, no cars coming from opposing street, you don't have to stop.

8 posted on 06/01/2010 9:02:43 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Willie Green

It’s called Big Brother, Big Momma. And yes, sooner or later they are going to tell you,too, to sit down and shut up.


9 posted on 06/01/2010 9:04:30 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( I take no pleasure in saying "I told you so". Pride, yes. Pleasure, no.)
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To: Onelifetogive
I’ve read the article twice and cannot find the passenger train...What’s up with tha

If Big Mama would've taken "The T", then she wouldn't have gotten all those parking tickets anat.

10 posted on 06/01/2010 9:05:27 AM PDT by Willie Green (Klaatu barada nikto)
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To: Willie Green
No one told her parking would be such a nightmare

Just who's job is that?

That said, get the hell out of Pittsburgh. Lots of fine people in other places. Willie and I alone could keep her in business near Houston.

11 posted on 06/01/2010 9:05:57 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon ("I'll try to be NICER, if you will try to be SMARTER!" ~ MNJohnnie, FReeper)
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To: All

Just the name, “Big Mama’s” tells me that’s some damn good eatin’....


12 posted on 06/01/2010 9:07:58 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Willie Green

Sounds like the mentor didn’t teach her how to pay off the right folks at City Hall.


13 posted on 06/01/2010 9:08:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: Willie Green

“a dozen 40-pound boxes of chicken and ribs”

Are you going to help her load and unload from the train?


14 posted on 06/01/2010 9:08:55 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Willie Green
fried chicken, ribs, pulled pork and peach cobbler

Yum! First time in my life that I've actually wanted to go to Pitsburgh....

15 posted on 06/01/2010 9:11:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Maverick68

Maverick, the food is “Hurt yourself” good! And that’s before dessert...


16 posted on 06/01/2010 9:18:05 AM PDT by Mamba56 (We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. - Patton)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

so they end the ability to get permits while unloading delivery trucks... at which point, the cops are able to write tickets on every delivery truck they see stopping at every business.

just another way dem types collect taxes. and since businessed are evil, it’s a win-win.


17 posted on 06/01/2010 9:19:52 AM PDT by sten
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To: Willie Green

Did she not see all of the no parking signs when she decided to open there? Or did she jsut think they wouldn’t apply to her?


18 posted on 06/01/2010 9:22:10 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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Or did she jsut think they wouldn’t apply to her?

"But, but, but...I vote for 'The One'!!!"

19 posted on 06/01/2010 9:25:25 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
Willie and I alone could keep her in business near Houston.

I wish I could help ya, but the doctor sez I can't eat that stuff no more.

BTW, you wouldn't happen to have a good recipe for low-fat, low-salt kielbasa, would you?
I can't find anything that even comes close to what I'm allowed to eat in the store.

20 posted on 06/01/2010 9:52:02 AM PDT by Willie Green (Klaatu barada nikto)
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To: chris_bdba
Did she not see all of the no parking signs when she decided to open there? Or did she jsut think they wouldn’t apply to her?

Those are really the only questions that need to be asked.

21 posted on 06/01/2010 9:55:42 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Vigilanteman
Actually you can park up by the civic arena for $5 a day and it's a 1/4 walk to the subway which will take you downtown for free. Theater Sq. parking garage is $14 for 8 hrs. You can get lease parking for, I think $120 mo. close to where this is.

If you ignore your parking tickets they will boot your car and eventually tow it.

Seems like all this woman has to do is get some help to unload in the morning and then park legally.

Yeah, parking sucks "dahntahn" and the 50% parking tax will probably be raised to fund the underwater city pensions but this is one of the first issues this woman should have looked into before she opened her business.

Everybody that works downtown has to put up with this crap, we just don't get on tv.

22 posted on 06/01/2010 10:18:26 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Willie Green

I was thinking of trying this place later in the month when I go to my cartoon convention. I believe it was in the place of our beloved Steel City Diner; we brought them good business but it lagged rest of yr


23 posted on 06/01/2010 11:11:34 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Willie Green
Would they be talking about this big Momma?


24 posted on 06/01/2010 11:33:55 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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