I’m writing in response to “No More Appetite for This Eatery” [Letters, Oct. 3], submitted by J. Scott of Weaverville.
I might understand [Scott’s] reaction if [his/her] visit to this restaurant was new; however, permit me to share with [Scott] and other readers my experiences.
I visit this restaurant quite often, more so for lunch but also for dinner. During my dinner visits, especially on the weekends, I have been repeatedly approached by people panhandling on the property of this restaurant. I have spoken with the owner about this situation. I have gotten to know him as an understanding and compassionate man; however, he is trying to run a business. Panhandling and supporters of panhandlers on his property disrupt his business.
Also, a number of people will clearly violate the “no shoes, no shirts, no service” requirement, enter the restaurant and explode in a rage of threatening and cursing the employees when reminded of that requirement, even though the employees indicate that they are more than willing to serve them if they return with shoes and/or shirts.
One last comment: What can … business owners [do] to effectively deal with the panhandling situation, especially on their property?
— Jerry Edwards