Skip to comments.Owner: Loitering teens taking over Detroit gas station, driving business away
Posted on 09/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PDT by Kartographer
A Detroit man says his business is being held hostage by a group of teenagers who continually loiter inside and out of his gas station.
"There's a lot of good people around here," said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren't coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city's west side.
"This is a Bad Crew gas station," said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, "If you don't know, I can't even tell you."
Surveillance video obtained by FOX 2 shows as many as a dozen teens hanging out inside the store, smoking cigarettes, sitting on countertops and even spitting into sinks.
The owner says as many as 40 teens can be hanging out in front of the station at any time. "Destroying my store. Destroying my business," said the owner.
(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxdetroit.com ...
hire an off-duty cop to guard the store
Loitering “teens”? Don’t get me started.
So corrected me if I am wrong, but don’t his taxes go toward paying for on duty cops to protect his store? DUH....
yes, and they can come any time a crime is committed and take a report, IF THE MAN IS STILL ALIVCE TO GIVE IT.
If he wants 24/7 protection do you want tax dollars providing that?
Play an audio loop of classic Sinatra and Mancini.
Will take all of 5-10 minutes to clear them out.
What happened to 24 hour basketball?
Who does he think he is? He didm’t build it.
Nothing about 5 guys with good shotguns and a few bandolier mag carriers couldn’t fix in an afternoon.
Cleaning up the neighborhood.
The transit authority did something similar- they had a problem with teens hanging out in one subway station, so they started plays classical music over the PA system. Problem solved in less than a week.
The first thing I would do is lock the rest rooms, turn off the water at the sink and raise the price of all drinks to $5.00 each.
Then I would hire a water wagon to come by every half hour, but on a flex schedule so no one could tell when, and wash the place down.
That’s an interesting suggestion. He would have to put the player where the kids cannot steal it, if they haven’t already.
Whatever happened to homework and chores?/Sarcasm
They are all good boys.
Their mama says so.
Its the other hoods in the crowd they are mixed up that are a bad influence.
He can hire off-duty cops, the gang will probably laugh at them. Of course his margins might be razor thin and 24x7 protection will probably bankrupt him but that’s ok, he didn’t build it.
We aren't teenagers
How about the very high frequency sounds that only kids can hear?
Play a little bit of classical music, kind of loud. That will get rid of them
Set a honey trap.
Take a van load of those captured and take them north of Toronto about 250 miles and release them
Try playing Mozart concerts loud on outside speakers....
It would be racist to stop it.
I'd rather see taxes go for that then the other "hood rat programs" they go for.
Taxpayers pay taxes yet reap none of the benefits the taxes are supposed to provide, like protection from hood rats!.
Yeah...a compilation of the Obama nose whistle.
I didn’t even have to look at the video. I just ‘knew’.
(It's probably another gas station, but you get the idea)
Play Gilbert & Sullivan hits over the PA, both inside and out. I’m sure those Amish yutes would appreciate some classic show tunes.
Shoot a couple of the little bastards and I guarantee the problem will cease.
Why? there are tons of ON DUTY ones that should be keeping these trespassers out that he has already paid for.
The video confirms what we all knew when we saw the word “teen.”
How about a Hello Kitty decorative theme?
TeleTubbies on the tv?
Baby powder scent?
Lock the door and do service through a window, unless you are a Member.
Call the cops and kick them off the property.
There is loyalty in these packs.. Shoot one, the rest will shoot you. Bad idea.
Kill um all and let god sort it out or it’s best to keep your powder dry.
The paid for police department and the school (if during school days/hours) should be taking care of this problem for him.
Amish? Old Order Mennonites? Hutterites?
Get a dog.
Not every station owner can add $100k in overhead and have any profit left.
Unless the police take care of this or this gang gets thinned considerably, this man is out of business.
Not exactly, the gang will just move. I want the cops to focus directly on the gang and go where they go, thus every business and all who frequent them are protected (as much as can be the case).
In a free society, no one should have to hire protection to run a gas station on the public square.
The Democrats tell us they are the party of science and sophistication, I’m sure some conservatives still believe that, why I don’t know.
Any Hells angle gangs in the area who would’nt mind some exercise or testing of some brass knuckles they might have??
Have they asked the owner if he wants protection? The loiters that is.
I was going to suggest playing Neil Diamond, but on second thought, that would drive everyone away.
“hire an off-duty cop to guard the store”
You said - “Not every station owner can add $100k in overhead and have any profit left.”
A voice of reason at last.
Somebody needed to say it. “off duty cops” don’t come cheap. Simplistic solutions never are as simple as they sound.
The owner himself may not be netting as much as he’d have to pay for security.
The police can’t or won’t do anything, lest they be accused of racism. Even if they could, some judge will slap the kids on the wrist. Then they’ll be coming after the owner.
Where I live, the police show up only when there is a dead body. Under any other circumstance, they don’t bother. In my neighborhood, gunfire is an every night occurrence. I just lock the doors and stay inside.
“Get a dog.”
That would have to be one highly trained dog to chase away the unwanteds but don’t threaten the paying customers.
Play classical music LOUD. It has been proven to keep teen-agers away.
Bad Crew need be acquainted with Smith & Wesson.
There have always been dangerous areas in the world, including the US.
One time during a youthful misadventure, a few friends and I took a wrong turn in Miami after leaving the clubs in South Beach. At the time when Miami was the most dangerous city in the US.
It was obviously a bad neighborhood and we stopped at some gas station to ask for directions.
The guy inside the small gas station building sitting behind bulletproof glass stared at us wide eyed when we approached. He said “what the F are you doing here at this time? Get inside quickly.” He opened the door and let us inside.
He explained “people like us can't be out here at night. Animals with AK-47s roam the streets here and they will kill you for your shoes. I'll call a cop over and you follow him out of here.”
Sure enough he called in a squad car that escorted us out.