Almost five years ago I met the new owner of the convenience store in our neighborhood. I could tell immediately he was a good guy and that he cared about his new neighbors. After all they were his customers, too.
As with most convenient stores there was a lot of riffraff hanging out, drinking and sleeping in the nearby alleys. Panhandling was rampant also. I asked my new friend if he could help clean up our neighborhood and keep those folks in line. "Yes," he said without any hesitation.
His initial motivation was to make his new venture a family store. In the beginning he had mostly men customers and very few women because the premises did not appear to be safe with all matter of unkempt folks loitering around the "watering hole" as it were. Today, women are among his best customers.
So how did he do it? Turns out his first career was in the Army's Special Forces unit. This unique training became a key factor in reshaping our neighborhood where peace and civility became the norm.
He kept order and respect in his store and those who did not comply were dealt with by the police or he handled the situation himself. He ejected the unruly from his premises, the alleys and the whole neighborhood. As you can imagine the families in the neighborhood are eternally grateful for the security he provides and come to his store daily.
But he has to be vigilant even now after all this time because convenient stores are easy targets. The unsavory people aren't much for social media so the word has not gotten around that in our neighborhood they're the target not the convenience store. We affectionately call him The Convenience Store Man because, well ... just check out the video.
We Love You ...
Convenience Store Man
Look for the further adventures of the
CONVENIENCE STORE MAN coming soon.
Here's a slightly extended video as the owner posted to his Youtube channel: