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Buying local has gone a bit too far if you ask me

By Donna Bianco
Posted Saturday, August 15, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Al Davis has had too many "buy local" experiences this week for me not to express my concern. People came up to him and asked if his shrimp is from North Carolina. Ummm, Louisiana Fresh Shrimp is the name of his company and that is usually posted very clearly where ever he sets up. Every person who was told that it is not from North Carolina would not purchase shrimp but those same people left with at least a pound of free shrimp from Al, because he is such a sweet guy. Free is good I guess even if it isn't local.

It embarrasses me to hear things like this.

Al Davis has spent an absolute ton of money here in Pittsboro. He spends at least one to three weeks in Pittsboro every time he visits. He bought a freezer from Archie's Appliance Center, he frequented Janice's Unity Books and Stuff and Espresso Brazil when it was open, he eats at Virlies, enjoys the City Tap, buys at least $200 in ice from the local stores every time he comes, shops at the local grocery stores including Chatham Marketplace. The list goes on and on. Plus, he pays NC Sales Tax!!

His home in Louisiana is made of cyprus and when repairs after Katrina were needed the only place he could buy cyprus was from North Carolina. Imagine that. His family always lived within one block of him before Hurricane Katrina but now they are spread all over the United States. His daughter and granddaughter relocated here and that is the only reason he started coming here in the first place. Selling the shrimp is his way to help defray the cost of visiting his family.

Belinda, his daughter, is a nurse at UNC and McKenzie attends Pittsboro Elementary School. So he spends his time, now that he is retired, traveling to see them. I say we are lucky to have him bring such a good quality, fresh product from Louisiana for us to enjoy.

We need to embrace people who come here and embrace us. Stop with the pettiness. Go buy some wonderful shrimp from Al, tell your neighbors and friends, don't let politics or politically correctness stop you or the rest of us from getting a good quality product from Louisiana Fresh Shrimp or prevent Al from making the profit that enables him to visit his family.

Be hospitable for goodness sake!

Donna Bianco is the owner of Our Neighborhood School in Pittsboro, NC

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