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I understand a reviewer embellishing about the atmosphere of a location to create a mood for an article. What I don't understand is how a writer can be so lazy that: he does not bother to find out that the "clerk watching Hindi television" is actually the Arab owner of the store, that the "miniscule mini-deli" actually has an excellent selection of subs and sandwiches with the best prices in Knoxville, and that a 4-pack of Cottonelle toilet paper is only 40 cents cheaper if purchased on the internet (and that doesn't include shipping).
In addition, this article (I suppose to establish the "mood") has created the impression that the IGA is in a location surrounded by drunken undergrads and the occasional loon with a "no trespassing" sign. However, a five minute observation of IGA during lunchtime would have revealed a diverse clientele of doctors, nurses, contractors, lawyers, and graduate students such as myself.
Next time that his newspaper decides to bad-mouth the fruit of a hard-working and decent man's business, I recommend that you base it on at least a half-way decent investigation and not on ignorance and bias.
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