A concerned reader writes in:
"I just wanted to write in and say that I was in Three Harmony (at Wilson & Magnolia) earlier this evening when it was essentially overtaken by about a group of 6 or 7 young females and males. I noticed there was a child, no more than four years old sitting there while I waited for my chicken and rice. Within a span of about five minutes (fast service at Three Harmony!) I witnessed drugs change hands, not once, but twice. Meanwhile, a young woman was demanding this and that (very rudely) from the young woman at the counter. Needless to say, she seemed scared, but in a seasoned sort of way after you see these things every day. I left and promptly called 911.
Which got me to thinking, what about the poor business owners who are too scared to do anything while illegal activity takes place right in front of them? Those who aren't too scared (i.e., most people who read UU) need to frequent these businesses and call 911 often. Tell the operator that there is illegal activity (with sufficient detail) going on inside the establishment. I guarantee that if someone deals drugs in a particular restaurant and gets caught once or twice, they will never go to that restaurant again.
Similarly, I encourage everyone to go to businesses they wouldn't otherwise go to for the same reason. See lots of activity in/around Popeyes? Go there and just order a drink (they have mice). How about "Top Choice" right next to Three Harmony... many of us ordinarily won't go in there, but I encourage you to do so and grab a pint of milk. Look around and report any activity. I guarantee that the owners of these businesses do not want this type of environment in and around their business, but are likely too scared to do anything."