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  • #594629

    nuni
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    Since it seemed kind of unfair to keep hijacking the articles about the HP stabbing I thought I would just start a thread here.

    A question to the masses – Is there any way we can, as a community, get rid of this “ghetto” mart?

    #693326

    inactive
    Member

    Good call nuni –

    In the comments section, BurglarBustinDad just mentioned someone he says is the owner of the store or property.

    Maybe start there, if the information is correct.

    I USE to buy gas there every now and again. I won’t even go in to buy a bottle of water now. Bad news.

    #693327

    j
    Member

    I would love the opportunity to write to the owner. That place scares the hell out of me. Not to mention that when I go to Walgreens, I’m uneasy in the parking lot. I’ve even transferred all my prescriptions to Rite Aid.

    #693328

    guidosmom
    Member

    I used to buy gas there too, back when they sold it… now I won’t go near it. I have seen fights in their parking lot and even saw a fight involving a guy with what looked like a gun in his jacket. He wasn’t trying to hide it. I called the police to report it.

    I agree about the Walgreens parking lot too. I rarely go into the Walgreens but the few times I have, I always feel like it’s about to be robbed.

    I’d love that little block to get cleaned up!

    #693329

    Dalamar437
    Member

    We should probably speak with Kevin McDaniel and get an update about what they’re doing about the area. I’d call him myself if I had his number or email etc.

    I’m guessing there isn’t anything we as a community can do to close them down if they’re not doing anything illegal. Unfortunately attracting troublesome people isn’t illegal. If we collectively all wrote letters to the owner I’m guessing that would only annoy them and strengthen their resolve.

    As much as I’d like to see that place completely gone, It might be someone’s way of life. That is the only reason I I’m hesitant to see it bulldozed immediately. But to contradict myself further, If they don’t give a crap to clean up their own property and care to run a more respectable business that is now a blight on this neighborhood, then that tells me they don’t care that much about the property. If they cared they’d want it to look nice no?

    Even taking that fence out of the south side of that building would probably go a long ways to reduce the loitering. Because all those punks just lean up against that thing all night while they’re yelling crude things to each other and passersby.

    Perhaps if the owner could put up camera surveillance and signs that tell the hood rats they’re every move is being watched would help?

    I hate complaining with having a solid solution and I feel like I don’t have any good suggestions on how to fix this! It feels hopeless!

    #693330

    jamminj
    Member

    Been to the mini mart many times, as well as walgreens… never had any problem with anyone ‘hangin’ out. Does the store need a renovation, sure – but never felt ‘afraid’ by going in there. And if ‘yelling crude things’ is against the law… just about every bar will be against violation at 2 in the morning.

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    #693331

    Dalamar437
    Member

    I’m amused that all you chose to take out of my post was my restraint on pointing out all the lovely things I’ve witnessed there. The ‘yelling of crude things’ is only the most common.

    But if you want specific examples of what I’ve witnessed here you go:

    1. several assaults and I have called the police. Out of about 4 most recent times I’ve reported it, only once did the cops make it in time to break it up.

    2. Countless drug deals. Called the police but this happens so fast they’re usually gone before the cops can get there in time.

    3. Vandalism. Anything from spray painting buildings to putting a wrench through car windows.

    4. Chasing and harassing people (mostly women or kids smaller then them

    That’s wonderful you’ve made it in and out of that mini mart without issues. Try living right next to it and seeing the problems nightly (and sometimes daily) and I assure you you’re pleasant experiences will be few. Try it at night especially on weekends.

    #693332

    Dalamar437
    Member

    something else I thought I’d mention… that mini mart is a fairly safe place to go while it’s raining. The gangs never hang out there in the rain.

    #693333

    inactive
    Member

    I should preface this by saying I don’t live in that area. But, I wonder

    1) if the residences around there have a strong Block Watch organized ; and

    2) if presenting the situation to the Crime Prevention Council meetings might not be a means to address it.

    At least at the WSCPC meeting, folks have an opportunity to directly talk to commanding officers and Community Officers…maybe?

    Just a thought…

    [edit: Well, maybe next time I’m thirsty when it’s raining…] ;)

    #693334

    jamminj
    Member

    “Try living right next to it “

    I do. I live on the block right behind it. again, I never had any issues and never witnessed anything that I don’t see around any bars or late night hangouts in seattle. I’ve seen more fights coming out of Talirico’s than the minimart.

    #693335

    lcdarling
    Member

    As a resident of High Point, woman, and mother of a three year old, I am horrified and TERRIFIED. This happened in BROAD DAYLIGHT NOT AT THE BAR LATE NIGHT. My son and I walk to Walgreens to pick up prescriptions etc. at least a couple times a month.

    The mini mart has always been unsettling even during the day. I moved here believing in harmonious utopia…..these ideals should have been abandoned along with my college drinking days. Never again. I guess my husband will win the getting a gun argument.

    #693336

    Dalamar437
    Member

    well jamminj I think that is pretty awesome that you’ve had such a fortunate experience. I wish I were as lucky, and I can only conclude that you are not at home as much as me (or at least not during the same hours).

    I have a pretty regular reflex now to look out side every time I hear a shout or in some cases… a high pitched scream and 9 out of 10 times it’s coming from the group standing at the side of the mini mart.

    I notice the activity is less during the school year so I’m greatful for that. I’m curious how things will go this summer.

    I’ve also noticed an obvious increase in police presance since the recent stabbing and am pretty happy about that. I hope it lasts!

    #693337

    EmmyJane
    Participant

    Agreed about this mini mart. We went there last week and won’t go again. I feel the same way about any place that has a large group of people loitering out front. It’s intimidating and scary to walk through.

    #693338

    bsmomma
    Participant

    A friend of mine had something very unsettling happen to him at Walgreens last week. He was waiting to take a Right on to 35th when a group of guys walked in front of his car. Someone banged on his trunk and yelled “You hit my friend get out of your car”! He knew he didn’t hit anyone. As he looked in his rearview mirror,one of the guys walking in front of his car tried to open his door. Thankfully he was able to turn and get out of there. I’ve never had anything personally happen while we’ve been at Walgreens but definitly notice the sketchy people hanging around the general area.

    #693339

    velo_nut
    Participant

    That place is a crap hole.

    #693340

    nuni
    Member

    It is also scary that people hang out on the north side of the building back by the alley. WHO KNOWS what they are up to back there. West Seattle should boycott that ghetto mart until they do something to clean up the area around it.

    #693341

    seattle66
    Member

    I no longer go to the Walgreen myself either, I have been cat called while with two small children and my significant other while exiting the Walgreens from the Group of Men leaning on the fence of the Mini Mart, it was a loud shout to make it all the way across the parking alot, i was the only female in the parking lot and they were all facing my direction, so I knew it was intended towards me and my family. I wont bother to mention what was said about my anatomy. I dared to brave another trip to Walgreens after that (my last) and two cars pulled up next to each other driver side to dirver side, passed each other a hand side item and drove off. No, I couldnt see what they exchanged but that was too obvious, this was on a Saturday afternoon, all while I was still sitting in my car one empty parking stall away. I didnt get out to pick up my RX at that time, I left and changed pick-up locations. Something must be done. I agree with contacting the owner and atleast making him aware that the community is not happy with the way the establishment is being managed. And it always helps to call the police and make them aware of EVERY instance of suspicious activity, in the least this will pest the police who inturn will do the same to the owner?

    #693342

    Dalamar437
    Member

    Its 11pm and for the last 15 minutes there are 3 black males wearing red. They’re shouting and being obnoxious. And suprise suprise they’re hanging out side the mini mart. Should I call the police? Well I figured id give it a few minutes hoping they’d go away. When I had enough and crawled out of bed to call the cops they just happened to wander off toward the wallgreens. I hope they’re heading home. Now I’m wide awake thanks to them. If they come back I’m calling the cops!

    #693343

    Dalamar437
    Member

    Yay! Cops just zipped past and the hood rats are slowly walking away.

    #693344

    Dalamar437
    Member

    I just wanted to say there is a cop sitting in the ally right by the mini mart tonight! Hooray for our police! :)

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