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so long suckers

August 15, 2013

closed today due to mechanical issues

That’s what Sticky Chicken and Ribs seems to be saying to its Antioch customers.

It’s been well over a month, if I recall correctly, since I first showed up at their door to buy some chicken, and found this sign. I felt a lot of sympathy and hoped nothing too damaging or dangerous had occurred.

I showed up again a few days later, because, you know, the sign said “Closed TODAY.” Which, like a fool, I took to mean the day I saw it. The same sign was still there. I took this picture a couple of days ago.

The second time I saw it, I called the Brentwood store, and asked about the Antioch location. She said she didn’t know if it would be opening again, ever. So clearly, even at that time, they knew it was not a temporary one-or-two-day problem.

Honestly, I can’t tell you how disgusted I am by this sign. We’ve had them around the corner from us for several years, and we’ve patronized them maybe three times a month, on average. They’ve always been friendly, straightforward, reliable, reasonable and GOOD. I know they’ve had some problems– broken windows, stolen TVs, etc. But I didn’t have anything to do with that, and neither (I assume) did their other customers, of which there were plenty. I walk by there frequently, so it didn’t take me long to figure out the score, but other people drive there on purpose. Is it really TOO MUCH TROUBLE to hand-scrawl another sign when you come by to pick up the mail? Here, I’ll help:

Dear friends,
Due to circumstances beyond our control (or by our choice– whatever) this location will be closed till further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience; please visit us at our Brentwood store. We value your business and hope to see you soon. Love, Sticky.

Really, is it that hard to be considerate, and tell the truth?

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