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Maybe it's your turn for a little gentle critiquing. Let me ask you a question, Did you ever stop for one second while observing Freddie's store to ask him his name. Seems to me if you are writing an article about someone's store you should have the respect enough to introduce yourself to the "clerk" who happens to be the owner. Maybe if you were a little more professional people might would take you seriously. Your story was flighty to put it nicely. What was your plot supposed to be? Were you just searching for a small business in our community to pick on because you have a bad attitude? His name by the way is Fareed Nasser, but around here everyone calls him Freddie. I also think it is interesting that the wording in this online article was changed but the printed copy I picked up, from The 18th St IGA, clearly says "The cashier sits in front of a wall of cigarettes next to a newsstand full of porno magazines, watching Hindi-language videos on the TV. Where were you going with this statement? Freddie works seven days a week all day and half the night and you know what, he is still a smiling face every time you walk in the door. I think you owe this man an apology because merely editing the article isn't good enough. Oh and I enjoy seeing another news perspective, it's what being aware is all about. I also see him watching sports and CNN and FOX. He is very open minded and intelligent and I bet he could tell you more about what's going on in our country, or any other for that matter, than you know. This by far was the most offensive article I have ever read in the Metro Pulse and I read every issue. I understand this is an opinionated paper but this article isn't publish worthy. Maybe you should have asked some of the residents of the Fort Sanders area or maybe even the doctors in the Hospital, or the young professionals like myself, because we are the ones who are familiar with this store. Thanks for continuing to serve our community everyday Freddie. We really appreciate you!
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