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And we all know the people Dollar General draws in.

Many blocks from that type of clientele.

Yes, these are actual comments, one drawn from our social media page and one from a social media connection.

That type of clientele?

Just so you know our mom replenishes her candy dish from Dollar General and even though she just turned 92, she doesn’t restock the dish with grandma candy — it’s the good stuff like peanut butter cups, Hershey’s miniatures and the like, not the stereotypical hard candy with couch lint stuck to it you typically associate with the elderly.

That type of clientele?

What could you be implying? We know what you’re implying but you’re too chicken to say it. We thought about offering a $50 Dollar General gift card to the first person who was brutally honest and would explain what “that type of clientele” and “the people Dollar General draws in” really means.

We would have a lot more respect for you if you said what was really on your mind instead of thinly veiled references which harken back to the days before the Civil Rights Movement took hold.

We would have a lot more respect for you if you said what was really on your mind instead of thinly veiled references which continue to imply the sort of folks you read about in The Grapes of Wrath — rural redneck rubes.

But then we remember that our mother replenishes her candy dish from there and from our half a century of knowing her, having raised us and nurtured us, we know you couldn’t possibly be referring to her as that type of clientele or as one of the people Dollar General draws in.

So come on, if you’re going to fight this in appeal, you probably need to come up with better arguments than your thinly veiled references which harken back to the days before the Civil Rights Movement took hold.

You probably need to come up with better arguments than thinly veiled references which continue to imply the sort of folks you read about in The Grapes of Wrath — rural redneck rubes.

Those arguments just won’t cut it in a quasi judicial setting the Roanoke Rapids Board of Adjustment will hear arguments under.

You’re going to have to prove the planning department erred in approving the site plans for the store and your claims of that type of clientele or the people that Dollar General draws aren’t going to win you anything but contempt from people who know you’re scared to say what’s really on your mind or people who have mothers who replenish their candy dishes from Dollar General.

We have had the audacity to stop in Dollar General on our weekend photo trips to grab a drink and we have never seen people out working on their cars in the lot, have never heard thumping music. The only thing we’ve seen is people going into to buy stuff in a setting which to us is less chaotic than trying to navigate the seemingly ever-changing product aisles at Walmart.

To us they are simply mini grocery stores and places where people like our mother go to replenish their candy dishes, get cleaning supplies or, God forbid, beer and cigarettes.

So when you decide to argue this before the board of adjustment come armed with legal facts which can prove your point and prove the planning department erred in approving site plans for this store.

Don’t go before them with your irrational fears that each time you go into one to buy a can of Scrubbing Bubbles or nabs a gunfight is likely to break out because of that type of clientele or the people Dollar General draws.

Keep thinking to yourself the mother of rrspin’s editor and publisher goes there to replenish her candy dish and we know from experience she is no subversive.

And, hey, maybe if you tell us the truth about what that type of clientele or the people Dollar General draws really means we’ll give you a piece of candy from our mother’s replenished candy dish — Editor