Enlightening Commentary

Misplaced Priorities

Posted on November 6, 2013

Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895Frequent readers know that Englewood (or “Englewheel” as the Mayor says) is one of the most blighted and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. One could understand the anger and angst amongst the residences over shootings, homicides, crime and poverty, but instead some have pointed their anger towards a sign:

“Calling it “disrespectful,” a neighborhood group is protesting the lack of enough signs at K&D Fuel at 6700 S. Ashland Ave.

Members of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood passed out fliers to customers earlier this week to show their frustration and to encourage them to boycott the gas station, which has been open for about a year.”

As if there isn’t enough shuttered storefronts in that neighborhood already.

“By not having better signs and “simply putting up a sign [the owner] made is disrespectful to the community,” Cunningham said. “He thinks he can treat us any way he wants because this is Englewood, but he is wrong.””

Good grief. There have been a number of murders just blocks from this station so far this year and the complaint is about a stupid sign. Well, at least one guy gets it:

“I could give a flying you know what when it comes to who supplies the gas,” customer Jamal Funches said. “As long as it is cheap, I’m good.”


Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 11:50AM

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. Parker November 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    If I read this right, some of the locals are feeling disrespected by a sign which shows the price of gas.

    The sign does not refer to them as savages, baboons or any other derogatory suggestion, but instead displays the price of gas…..

    And the alderman agrees and will have “inspectors” on the scene shortly.

    I used to have apartments in the further south side. I am very familiar with this scene…..he’ll be burgled, multiple times. Likely robbed. Maybe shot.

    Good thing he can carry shortly, tho I bet a 12ga would do nicely.

    Because there is one thing the trouble-causing locals understand and respect from an outsider……the willingness and means to keep what’s yours. I found an easily accessed 9mm pistol to be very helpful in reducing the number of troubling moments while tending to my investment.

    And as indicated, it’s not all of them. Only a short minority of them. As it happens, it’s usually the same minority who is dependent upon the outsiders for a handout, in the form of rent vouchers, LINK, EBT, and SSI fraud. And of course the alderman who counts these leeches among his strongest campaigners. After all, the working folks don’t have time to stump door to door professing the virtue of supporting a better candidate.

    Your post to FB regarding screwed was right on, but it’s at a grass-roots level as much as at the grander levels. Between the grand, and the grass-roots, may he fair better than I.

  2. HelloWorld November 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    If this was the biggest concern in my neighborhood, I’d lose all hope for humanity. I doubt anyone else in Englewood actually gives a flying fuck about what the sign looks like, they only see the cheap gas prices lol. Best believe when I’m out that way I’ll be spending my hard earned money there so he’ll be able to get his $20,000 sign.. Or not. Who cares?

    -Austin resident

  3. JC November 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    They’re upset because the sign has no resale value, should it be stolen.

  4. JUSTIN November 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Just happy that I don’t live in that appalling place with all of those mindless obama-voters! LOL.

    Go Packers!

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