gatlinburg has turned into the toilet...

gatlinburg has turned into the toilet of tennesee

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never be back

Manchester, KY

#1 Aug 7, 2010
went for a week in what is supposed to be a family vacation spot me and the wife went shopping while there. well we were in a shop called simply the best on the main drag my 2 yr old daughter was in a stroller and grabbed a pair of crocs and knocked them off onto the floor the pakistani guy working there walked up and started telling my wife she needs to watch her child and ask if the baby was going to buy the shoes very rude man i thought i was going to have to whip this guys ass he would not tell me who the owner of this store was. but im sure there all forieghn and it wouldnt matter anyway you know running the business tax free for 5 yrs then selling it to a family member so they can milk the tax payers for a nother 5 yrs these people have ruined gatlinburg now every shop sales drug paraphenalia glass pipes shaped like peckers, pop and wd 40 cans hollowed out for hiding drugs crappy t shirts and airsoft guns what is it with paki's and airsoft guns anyway its not fit for decent people to shop there anymore
Brett Michaels

Jefferson City, TN

#2 Aug 8, 2010
never be back wrote:
went for a week in what is supposed to be a family vacation spot me and the wife went shopping while there. well we were in a shop called simply the best on the main drag my 2 yr old daughter was in a stroller and grabbed a pair of crocs and knocked them off onto the floor the pakistani guy working there walked up and started telling my wife she needs to watch her child and ask if the baby was going to buy the shoes very rude man i thought i was going to have to whip this guys ass he would not tell me who the owner of this store was. but im sure there all forieghn and it wouldnt matter anyway you know running the business tax free for 5 yrs then selling it to a family member so they can milk the tax payers for a nother 5 yrs these people have ruined gatlinburg now every shop sales drug paraphenalia glass pipes shaped like peckers, pop and wd 40 cans hollowed out for hiding drugs crappy t shirts and airsoft guns what is it with paki's and airsoft guns anyway its not fit for decent people to shop there anymore
Couldn't agree more!! It's the towell heads that have ruined that place!! I hate them!! Because of them hard working americans can't afford to own a business. Why doesn't our government give us a 5 year tax break?? I own property in Gatlinburg & it sucks when we pay tons of taxes and they don't.

“ Just be yourself”

Since: Aug 10

Pigeon Forge,TN

#3 Aug 10, 2010
never be back wrote:
went for a week in what is supposed to be a family vacation spot me and the wife went shopping while there. well we were in a shop called simply the best on the main drag my 2 yr old daughter was in a stroller and grabbed a pair of crocs and knocked them off onto the floor the pakistani guy working there walked up and started telling my wife she needs to watch her child and ask if the baby was going to buy the shoes very rude man i thought i was going to have to whip this guys ass he would not tell me who the owner of this store was. but im sure there all forieghn and it wouldnt matter anyway you know running the business tax free for 5 yrs then selling it to a family member so they can milk the tax payers for a nother 5 yrs these people have ruined gatlinburg now every shop sales drug paraphenalia glass pipes shaped like peckers, pop and wd 40 cans hollowed out for hiding drugs crappy t shirts and airsoft guns what is it with paki's and airsoft guns anyway its not fit for decent people to shop there anymore
I live in the area of Pigeon Forge and at times when I can I go down at night time or late afternoon and just take a brisk walk and look mostly.I have noticed more and more foreign people have become residents here in this great community and some are actually very nice and some can be so mean and cruel and they don't have to be that way but some are.I am sorry that you and your family had such a bad experience as this.
Iagreewithyou

Atlanta, GA

#4 Aug 11, 2010
Those Pakistani's and Indian's are rude jerks. They really treat women like scum, because that's part of their "peaceful" religion. Well sorry Buddy you are in America now, and we ladies might just preceed to whoop your rude a$$.:)
Brett Michaels

Jefferson City, TN

#5 Aug 11, 2010
Iagreewithyou wrote:
Those Pakistani's and Indian's are rude jerks. They really treat women like scum, because that's part of their "peaceful" religion. Well sorry Buddy you are in America now, and we ladies might just preceed to whoop your rude a$$.:)
The highlight of my day would be to see some fired up country gal just rip into one of those sand ......., well, you know!! Give em hell sister!!
Iwillgivethemhec k

Atlanta, GA

#6 Aug 12, 2010
Brett Michaels wrote:
<quoted text>The highlight of my day would be to see some fired up country gal just rip into one of those sand ......., well, you know!! Give em hell sister!!
I did once. Middle eastern man was cussing out some poor girl in the shoe department at belk. He was in there trying to get a refund on faded glory shoes. You know walmart brand shoes? He had her in tears. Well me and a very blunt elderly woman pretty much called him everything under the sun. They may get away with that where they are from, but you are on my stomping grounds now.:)
By the way I love me some Brett Michaels. lol
hello

AOL

#7 Aug 13, 2010
we plan on being in the area on vacation next week and was wondering if u all could recommend a few scenic driving areas around the mountains.can't do much hiking so gotta stick with driving.Any help appreciated.
hotmomma1

Miami, FL

#8 Aug 13, 2010
Get on Trip Advisor and go to the Gatlinburg,TN Forum page and ask all the questions you want to.Alot of good advice on there too.
There is one poster named cherokeegurl she is very knowledgeable about Gatlinburg.
hello wrote:
we plan on being in the area on vacation next week and was wondering if u all could recommend a few scenic driving areas around the mountains.can't do much hiking so gotta stick with driving.Any help appreciated.
Sad

United States

#9 Aug 14, 2010
I couldn't agree more, I loved going to TN for our family vacation, we loved it so much we went several times a year. Then hard times fell and we didn't have the money to go for a while. I decided that my husband and I HAD to go to Gatlinburg so he could experience Gatlinburg for himself. There were Hookas and air soft and knock off purse stores, I was broken hearted. I wish I hadn't gone back and ruined the memories. Except for the candy store with the giant ice cream cone out in front, their hawian ice's are still as wonderful as ever, and the same guy was still running it! A wonderful bright spot in the midst of ruined memories.
RBs Den

Cherokee, NC

#10 Aug 19, 2010
Not all the business owners are rude and arrogant. I own an art and crafts store at the mountain mall we don't sell junk or imports. I understand how mad some of you are . I pay almost 11% of my earnings to the state as well as the fed gov AND local taxes as well and have to hustle to make a living while others thwart the law. I can only say DO NOT spend your money in those stores . Save it for American owned stores and spend your money there . There are quite a few of us that treat our visitors right
ken

Murfreesboro, TN

#11 Aug 19, 2010
all I can say is I am so sorry for anyone that has had a bad experience in these shops, the economy has forced so many Gatlinburg shops to change hands, I guess that is were all the things in gat have went wrong I have been living in sevier county for eight years now and have seen a drastic change for the worse in gatlinburg I can only say that to us that are faithful pray for a change in the people that own the shops or the change of the shop owners there are so many nice places to spend your money in the county wears valley,pigeon forge,and the outskirts of gatlinburg just cut them off by not spending a dime in there stores, if they can not treat us right remember Jesus himself said we have to follow the laws these people are just following a law to have a better life but it does not give them a right to treat us bad and who is spending there money on the crap in these stores, I can walk in every shop in gatlinburg and probable only find at best maybe ten things I actually may want or buy also please send complaints to your government for change in this tax law it needs to change it is happening in other buiseness rapidly look at most of the hotel motel buiesness these days I can not beleive that they make us pay for some of these rooms they should pay us to stay there. I do not wish bad will on anyone bit these people are ruining this country and they are doing it on our buck
Sad

United States

#12 Aug 19, 2010
RBs Den wrote:
Not all the business owners are rude and arrogant. I own an art and crafts store at the mountain mall we don't sell junk or imports. I understand how mad some of you are . I pay almost 11% of my earnings to the state as well as the fed gov AND local taxes as well and have to hustle to make a living while others thwart the law. I can only say DO NOT spend your money in those stores . Save it for American owned stores and spend your money there . There are quite a few of us that treat our visitors right
And it is stores like yours that I go and visit, Good luck my dear in these troubled times. I hope only the best for your shop :)
alf

Salyersville, KY

#13 Aug 22, 2010
Yes, the foreign people are ruining the charm of Gatlinburg. If they own the shops, the only thing we can do is vote with our dollar and dont buy from these people, but if they are hired to work there , then shame on these owners, they are the ones taking the charm out of Gatlinburg. Visitors came here because of the hospitality of the local people not to see some rude foreign idiot behind the counter. And you locals need to understand that this is ruining the area and start a campaign to get something done before the goose that laid the golden egg gets cooked!
Maryann

Blissfield, OH

#14 Aug 22, 2010
I agree!! I will not shop in any of those stores. If I happen to walk in one of them and see they are run by foreigners I will turn around and walk right back out! I would rather pay more and buy from a local. If more people did this they would go out of business.
NotInCobbCo

Mableton, GA

#15 Aug 24, 2010
I made the mistake of staying in an Indian owned hotel there last week. NEVER AGAIN!! I stayed there due to racking up more wyndham rewards points towards free nights. It was a DUMP! Days Inn and Suites on the Parkway down across from the Park Grill. It's awful. Had I known that a Patel owned it ahead of time, I would have stayed elsewhere. I know from experience that they do not keep their hotels up to par. You can remodel a room, but that has nothing to do with everything else. The outdoor pool is a nasty dark green slimy smelly thing.
I did notice a lot of stores owned by middle eastersn selling bongs.
guest

De Leon Springs, FL

#16 Aug 24, 2010
we are coming over next month not what i was looking foward to. when did they take over??? should i just stay away
NotInCobbCo

Mableton, GA

#17 Aug 25, 2010
guest wrote:
we are coming over next month not what i was looking foward to. when did they take over??? should i just stay away
Don't stay away. There are still plenty of American owned places in town. Also the arts and crafts community are all locals. Use trip advisor when choosing a hotel. I wish I had knowing what I know now about that dump I stayed in last week. Jack Huffs motor lodge is in the top 5 for hotel ratings, and they are American owned. A lot of those souvenir shops that have the same old, same old are Indian owned. What they do is move here, pay no taxes for 5 yrs and right before that 5 yrs. is up they switch ownership over to another family member to get another 5 yrs tax free. Yep, they know how to ride the system very well.

“ Just be yourself”

Since: Aug 10

Pigeon Forge,TN

#18 Aug 25, 2010
Iagreewithyou wrote:
Those Pakistani's and Indian's are rude jerks. They really treat women like scum, because that's part of their "peaceful" religion. Well sorry Buddy you are in America now, and we ladies might just preceed to whoop your rude a$$.:)
Some of them really do treat the women really badly and I think that is so uncalled for.
wolf12

Utica, KY

#19 Aug 26, 2010
NotInCobbCo wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't stay away. There are still plenty of American owned places in town. Also the arts and crafts community are all locals. Use trip advisor when choosing a hotel. I wish I had knowing what I know now about that dump I stayed in last week. Jack Huffs motor lodge is in the top 5 for hotel ratings, and they are American owned. A lot of those souvenir shops that have the same old, same old are Indian owned. What they do is move here, pay no taxes for 5 yrs and right before that 5 yrs. is up they switch ownership over to another family member to get another 5 yrs tax free. Yep, they know how to ride the system very well.
also Kingwood Inn has just reopened and is American owned and Operated, within walking distance of the parkway just a trolley ride away from Arts and Craft community.
Corbinite

AOL

#20 Aug 26, 2010
Have been going to Gatlinburg for over 25 years. I have witnessed how the middle east shop owners treat their customers. There seems to be a preoccupation with talking on the phone, looking at me as though i was going to steal something and my favorite complaint is starting a conversation"You want to buy something?" Too many other places to spend my money. My daughter commented that this place is creepy can we leave and that was in a tee shirt shop.

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