2000-09-30 / Letters

Supporting Beach Bagels

Dear Editor;

I was shocked and saddened to read what is happening to the owner of Beach Bagels, "Mohammed", as we all know him. Why is his store being boycotted for something that has nothing to do with him or his business? It is a matter between the police, a man (who does not work in Beach Bagels and has made news in your paper before) and a youngster from the neighborhood. It gives no
one the right to become judge and jury and condemn Mr. Hakim and his
establishment.

Since Mr. Hakim has opened his business on 129, myself, my family and my friends constantly go into his store. There is not one day that Mohammed or any of the guys behind the counter do not say hello to you. They practically know every one in the neighborhood by their first name. I have seen people not have enough money with them to cover the cost and Mohammed will say "Don't worry about it, You will pay me next time." When its cold and people come in from the outside I cannot count how many free cups of coffee I have seen the staff of this store give out to people. They care about their customers and the neighborhood.

When my father had his heart attack, Mohammed and the guys were great. They constantly asked how he was and were very concerned over his health. They came over with lunch for me and my Mom because we were so exhausted from all the hospital runs. Now everytime I go in it’s "How's our Grandpa?"

Leave this establishment alone. Beach Bagels is one of if not the best
establishment on 129 street because he cares about the people in the
neighborhood. Leave whomever's dirty garbage this is between in the street and with the courts and not in this man’s business. He doesn't deserve it.

We will continue supporting Mohammed and the boys!

ELIZABETH CORCORAN-PINEIRO


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