Loitering Teens Take Over Detroit Gas Station, Scare Business Away
A local Fox affiliate reports:
“There’s a lot of good people around here,” said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren’t coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city’s west side.
“This is a Bad Crew gas station,” said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, “If you don’t know, I can’t even tell you.”
Surveillance video shows up to a dozen teens smoking cigarettes and sitting atop counters in the store. And they’re a nasty bunch, with some spitting in the sinks, treating the owner’s gas station as their own personal restroom.
The owner says that sometimes there are as many as 40 teens at his store, hanging out both inside and outside, and they’re “destroying” his business.
The store owner says although his cashiers are too afraid to take action against the teens, Detroit police have been called out several times to disperse the crowd, but they just come back after police leave.
Leslie Cunningham lives close to the gas station and says Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church have recently been to the station to talk to the young people. “It’s out of hand,” said Cunningham. “We try to raise young people around here that they would be concerned and care about their area and this is what we have to contend with.”
The young teens have obviously decided to take over the gas station, and the owner says he would sell it if he could, but he owes too much.
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