2000-09-23 / Letters

Stop Boycotting

Dear Editor;

My name is Mohamed and I am the owner of Beach Bagels. I opened Beach Bagels almost five years ago and I have worked very hard, day and night, to serve this great community.

In reading your story on Mr. Abdelkoevy on August 26, 2000 ("Max Driving Family Mad"), and later learning that my store is being boycotted, I was both surprised and disappointed.

In your first article about this last year you inaccurately reported that the owner of the store was in the back of the store at the time this supposedly happened, or words to that effect. You reported the words of some party other than me regarding where I was and what I was doing then, but at no time did you check, verify or inquire of me about where I was then. If you had, you would have learned what everyone and anyone knew -- that I was at home, eating dinner after another day of hard work was done.

This was your first misleading statement concerning me because, actually, my store was operating on that shift with two employees, one who worked at the counter until closing and one who cleaned up the front and the back of the store.

Now, you are saying that the owner insisted at the time that Mr. Abdelkoevy was not an employee of the store and nor would he be permitted in the store any longer. Would you please inform me as to whom I, "the owner", insisted any of this to? Actually, it is true that he was not an employee of this business, although we were a customer of his in his wholesale business, as were a number of other stores on this block in March of 1999.

My store was open at the time of this incident. It was still daylight. Customers were coming in and out of the store. One worker was working behind the counter the whole time that this was allegedly happening at the front of the counter. How did this actually occur in the store and where? I wasn’t there, either, as I said, so you can draw your own conclusions.

So, instead, why don’t you just leave it alone for now or just leave all of the other innocent parties out of it. This is a controversy between a youngster’s family and an accused only, and nothing more.

Mr. Abdelkoevy was arrested. I do not know whether the allegations are true or not. I do know that the court should decide whether he’s guilty. Not you or I. If he committed this crime, he should go to jail. And if he didn’t, he should be free.

But what does this have to do with me. Beach Bagels is a good establishment. We treat all our customers with love and loyalty. We have a friendly environment and we shouldn’t be judged negatively because of what someone may have or may not have done.

MOHAMED HAKIM

BEACH BAGELS


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