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Transit Riders, Unite Against Dillard’s Department Store!

October 4, 2010

In early September, theMontgomery Area Transit System (MATS) of Alabama discontinued bus service to Eastdale Mall. Dillard’s, where the stop was located, seems to be the trigger. The store is now claiming its rights as private property, and service was altered. The nearest bus stop is now on Atlanta Highway, 2/10 of a mile from the mall, across a parking lot, which is 1,056 feet. An able-bodied person could cover that distance in half the number of steps, but that doesn’t account for elderly and disabled transit riders.

But wait, what the hell is Dillards’ problem? According to NBC 12 news, (who couldn’t get a grammatically logical quote from someone if the Rapture was now) the Dillardseses manager wants “to keep the riff raffs out.” Mind you, no one knows who actually said what, because the print version of the news story didn’t enclose that little riff raffs bit in quotes.
Tangent: “Riff raff” is already plural. No S neededs.

Speaking of riff raff, MARTA rider Pierce Adam Randall, a friend of the Bus Nerd, who likes to use his full name when commenting on shit, decided to express his distaste for this change to Dillardses’s corporate.

Recently, I read that the Dillard’s in the Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, Alabama requested the city’s transit service to discontinue drop-offs on mall property, “to keep the riff-raffs out.” Here’s the link to a local news article.
That’s a disgusting example of class elitism at your store’s chain. To make matters worse, individuals most seriously impacted by the unilateral action of your store’s manager in the Eastland branch will be youth, the disabled, and the elderly. As a member of the riff-raff class of transit riders in the United States, I will not shop at a Dillard’s in the future, and will encourage my friends and family to do the same.

I mean, it’s not like he shops there anyway, but that’s not the point. If you are a transit rider and you are a Dillards customer, speak your piece to Dillards corporate. Representative Alvin Holmes has as well.

If the store does not reverse its decision, Holmes said he would either file a lawsuit in federal court claiming age dis­crimination or call for the pub­lic to boycott Dillard’s.

But wait, what the hell is MATS’s kowtowing for? Well, I contacted the planning department and haven’t received a response, but…

Kelvin Mill­er, general manager for the Montgom­ery Area Transit System, said he was forced to change the route after Dillard’s made the request because the stop was on private property. “Because it wasn’t public property, we had to abide by their request,” Miller said. Miller said it is unusual for a private property owner to make such a request.

Ain’t that some shit?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2010 12:00 am

    I almost suggested that MATS relocate the bus stop to a sidewalk near the mall. Then I looked at the mall with street view and satellite view — there’s not a sidewalk in sight anywhere near it.

    Not only are pedestrians unable to walk into the mall from surrounding roads, they can’t even enter via public transit. Allowing access only via personal cars with no transit/pedestrian alternative — that’s the work of Satan (who drives a Hummer and lives in Montgomery).

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