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Crime, begging, hurting local businesses, Nashville-area store manager says ‘We’re losing customers’

Crime, begging, hurting local businesses, Nashville-area store manager says 'We're losing customers'
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AND Managing Director in Madison, Tennesseesaid he was tired of theft, harassment and aggressive begging in his area of ​​suburban Nashville.

Mena Girgis, who runs Carlos Wireless on Gallatin Pike Road in Madison, said crime has been a major problem for months and is having a negative impact on the local economy local Fox affiliate WZTV.

“They were out there harassing people coming into the store or going to the square,” Girgis said of the beggars.

“They ask people for money, harass them for money, sometimes steal,” the store manager continued. He said he still feels unsafe even after cameras were installed and metal was placed over the glass.

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Nashville, Tennessee skyline

Nashville, Tennessee, at sunset (iStock / iStock)

Due to nighttime security concerns, Girgis said he was closing his shop an hour earlier than before.

“Customers sit in the cars waiting for them to leave because they are afraid to go into the shops and get out of the car. That’s how we lose customers,” Girgis said.

Girgis talked to the outlet in August about some of the measures he has taken to discourage homeless people from camping in front of the store, such as handing out motor oil in front of the store.

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said Girgis Subway police presence has improved since the story in August, but he wishes more was done, such as better lighting on the streets and in the parking lot.

“We’re calling now and they answer very quickly,” Girgis said of the police. “I see them all day, running all over the place. Sometimes they stay across the street in the parking lot.”

Broadway neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee

The Broadway neighborhood of downtown Nashville has seen an increasing number of assaults, harassment and aggressive begging in recent years. (Nina Dietzel via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Metro Police told the outlet that they were careful to conduct additional patrols around the city Madison area where Girgis’ shop is located.

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The Broadway neighborhood of downtown Nashville has also experienced a rising number of assaults, harassment and aggressive begging in recent years, prompting the city to announce last spring that it was working on a plan to address problems in the city addressing the connection with homelessness. according to WZTV.

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