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Aug 27, 2010
 

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Corbinite wrote:
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.
The same thing happened to us last week when we were up there. Oh sorry this is NotInCobbCo. I decided to make a profile.
They stare you down and follow you around like you are some criminal.I wish the Govt. would lower the business taxes and give tax breaks to new small business owners, so that Americans could open back up shop all over the country. Those foreigners pay no taxes for the 1st 5 yrs., which is why they are taking over retail,gas stations and hotels. Next it will be our restaurants and they will refuse to serve beef and pork.
Average Joe

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#22
Aug 29, 2010
 
I go all the time, and typically stay with the local owned hotels and shop in the local owned shops.

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#23
Aug 30, 2010
 
I've owned a few stores in Gatlinburg over the years. Middle Easterners do hurt business, hands down. I mean the way they act drives people away but what can be done by other businesses? You can't make a " we don't want Pakastanis to own shops" law. Maybe if people explained to the Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau.....

As far as pipes and airsoft..... I know a few legit Iraqis that have those in their shops because they sell so many of them. It seems the people that buy bongs and toy guns aren't the types that look too deeply into "untrashing" Gatlinburg. But they supply the demand. If pipes paid you're rent each month, why wouldn't you sell them?

Something else that helps them get ahead is the fact that alot of them HELP each other. Americans are usually greedy and see competition. Instead of helping another shop owner make it, we want to close their shop, and guess who opens it back up? I know of 3-4 guys that go in together to buy huge lots of goods they SPLIT. They have different shops, same items, but because they split the costs they make more money due to discounts in quantity and shipping...
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hotmomma1 wrote:
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.
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That's funny. Since many of us know that you are actually cherokeegurl, or happynow, or whatever you are calling yourself these days. Your blatant self-promotion in your pathetic attempts to regain your status as a Destination Expert in the TA forum is laughable.

Have you no self respect?
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We visit Gatlinburg at least twice a year. We love it, but I do not like supporting the foreigner's either. I have quit going for the shopping and spend more time in the mountains. One thing they havn't been able to claim is the real reason I visit the area. They cannot steal the beauty of the mountains, the streams and all that the Smokies has to offer "naturally"! I refuse to allow them to keep me from enjoying something I love!!

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I am staying in a community between the two cities here and I am sure that I have never seen the amount of crap sold anywhere else in my life. It is like I have walked into ebay the town... Nothing worth while at all. Saving my money for when I get back home. Buy something I like and need. The area is beautiful and I love it just wish there were some real crafts not a bunch of fn chinese junk..

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#28
Sep 30, 2010
 
Look for the American owned stores and only shop at those. Also make sure you go to the arts & crafts community. I did. There is a place there that makes the most comfy moccasins ever. I also buy my jellies, jams and syrups from the arts & crafts community. Then there is that store that sales all of the stuff made out of copper. I just love it, and I am all about putting money into the locals pockets. You know good and well that most of those middle easterns who have stores there, do not even live in Sevier co. Most probably live over in Knox Co.

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#29
Sep 30, 2010
 
Yeah I cannot wait to go back and might go back this spring when the rod run is going on again. I love the area and would move there if I could find a job in my field haha!
Linda

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Oct 1, 2010
 

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We need to stick together, Don't spend a dime with the foreigners!
My good memories of Gatlinburg was spoiled also the last time I was there, because of the shop owners,do not plan on going back to the shops.
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Wow looks like your the one with the problem.They shall not be jealous of what others do or have.
eyeopener wrote:
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That's funny. Since many of us know that you are actually cherokeegurl, or happynow, or whatever you are calling yourself these days. Your blatant self-promotion in your pathetic attempts to regain your status as a Destination Expert in the TA forum is laughable.
Have you no self respect?

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#32
Oct 6, 2010
 
Infamous Mr Johnson wrote:
Yeah I cannot wait to go back and might go back this spring when the rod run is going on again. I love the area and would move there if I could find a job in my field haha!
We want to move up there too. Well not right in Gatlinburg, but outside of town. What towns are just on the outskirts of Gatlinburg that the tourists do not flock to? I have never really headed up 321 except to go to the arts & crafts community. Are there any small towns up that way, that are not too far away? There are a lot of jobs right now up there, and where I presently live our unemployment rate is at 12.9%. I will wait tables. I am not picky. My husband could do maintenance on hotels or chalets. He's a very hard worker, and knows his stuff.

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#33
Oct 6, 2010
 
Linda wrote:
We need to stick together, Don't spend a dime with the foreigners!
My good memories of Gatlinburg was spoiled also the last time I was there, because of the shop owners,do not plan on going back to the shops.
I agree with you there. That is why I saved most of my shopping money for stores that had American owned signs up, and the rest I spent in the arts & crafts community. Those foreign owned stores are all the same thing anyway. They all sale the same tshirts and souvenirs. The worst part is when they buy out hotels, because they are notorious for not keeping them up. They'll come in, paint some walls and put new covers on the beds and call that a remodel. That is exactly what they did at that nasty Days inn we stayed at in August. The place was a dump, and I noticed the owner is a Patel.
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Jul 27, 2011
 

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i will never be back again it used to be nice there untill the arabs bought all the stores up now it not fit to take your children to the main strip
Heck

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Jul 29, 2011
 
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i will never be back again it used to be nice there untill the arabs bought all the stores up now it not fit to take your children to the main strip
You are 100% correct. Gatlinburg has turned into a dump in the last 10 years. Piss poor city management is one of the biggest problems.
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Why are you people so racist? Is there really a need to call them ragheads and sandn****rs? Really? What a bunch of racist douche bags. I can understand you being upset that they take business away from the locals and get tax breaks. That's completely legit. But do you really have to be such racist a**holes? I don't go in a shop just because it's American owned. I go because they have something I want to buy. And if they don't, I leave. If they treat me like sh*t, I leave. American owned or immigrant owned. I've had a bad experience with a business owner in an American owned store over there. She acted like she was above ne and looked at me like trash. So guess what! I LEFT!!! Race has nothing to do with it. Maybe try learning to think for yourselves.
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Oh! I'd like to add that it is a MYTH that the government grants a 5 year tax break to immigrant business owners. Do your research. Knowledge is power.
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Kristen ibrahim wrote:
Why are you people so racist? Is there really a need to call them ragheads and sandn****rs? Really? What a bunch of racist douche bags. I can understand you being upset that they take business away from the locals and get tax breaks. That's completely legit. But do you really have to be such racist a**holes? I don't go in a shop just because it's American owned. I go because they have something I want to buy. And if they don't, I leave. If they treat me like sh*t, I leave. American owned or immigrant owned. I've had a bad experience with a business owner in an American owned store over there. She acted like she was above ne and looked at me like trash. So guess what! I LEFT!!! Race has nothing to do with it. Maybe try learning to think for yourselves.
S.T.F.U.,Dam lil jew princess!
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i used to live there locals get a big discount and the places make it up on out of towners. the tax breaks are for real and no myth to them.
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#40
Jul 31, 2011
 
Ive shopped at pretty much all the shops in Gatlinburg and they all seem to sell the same items so if one treats me bad I simply move on to the next shop. Dont really care who owns the store as long as they treat me right.
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60 Gunner wrote:
<quoted text>S.T.F.U.,Dam lil jew princess!
HI, actually... I'm an Irish catholic. My maiden name is Collins. Don't be such a racist douche bag. Have a nice day, a**hole.

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