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Re: “The Charleston Lie

As a licensed guide I will tell all of you petticabs are generally not licensed to give tours. This is exactly why the tourism commission has a test for guides to keep consistent and accurate history delivered to guests and to keep a livable mix of true Charleston with the massive amounts of tourism.
There is Tourism Enforcement these are police specially trained for these types of situations, they are as follows:

Lee Burbage 843 805 3226

Tim Coghill 843 578 6420

Arnold Jeffers 843 805 3226

Philip Ramsey 843 729 9882

These officers are in charge of enforcing Chapter 29 of the city ordinance code that oversees tourism and guides. These cab drivers are in violation, when you or any of the citizens experience pedicabs calling their neighborhood a "Ghetto" call an enforcement officer and have them charged. The tickets are expensive and sent to the employer as well. This sort of thing upsets guides as well for they endanger the future of our industry. If they can not produce a valid guide license for the enforcement officer they will be charged.
Please remember petticab drivers are NOT tour guides, they have not passed the license test. If that test is removed this is what we will get people like that driving or walking others around our city with no respect to those that live on the peninsula, violating the first rule of tour guiding which is DO NOT MAKE IT UP. Our test though only requiring %70 to pass due to a recent court case should go back to what it was. Yes it is a difficult test to pass and this is part of the reason why.

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Posted by medium on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excellent piece! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this important topic.

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Posted by Amy Hudock on June 8, 2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

My good friend Paul Yellin who owns Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen would strongly disagree with you.

Try to get out of your bubble, my friend.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 7, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

"Include the large number of black-owned African / Caribbean restaurants in the area"

Dear Leghorn,

There are NO large number of black-owned African/ Caribbean restaurants in the area!

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Posted by Dr. Rae on June 7, 2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Well said. Ideas that I could not ecplain myself so eloquently and accurately ss you have articulated here.
I sold my family home of almost 70 years downtown and listened to nauseating comments from pedicab and varriage guides.
A friend of mine who lived for generations on East Bay St. (She tood on her porch and heard carriage tour drivers discuss details of her divorce!) also hosted a guest who wanted to know if she still had slaves. You are so right that the fantasy-driven depiction of plantation life are the marketing model. Through that lens, Charleston is effectively dead. Pickled in some mythological chunk of time that wipes out everyone who has libed in Charleston since or who lives there now. Any view of it as inclusive or progressive woud spoil the view and pop the bubble. Those people just don't exist.

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Posted by Randy Cabell on June 7, 2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

It's illegal for any pedicab to give tours! They are for transport only.
Next time call tourism enforcement but first get his cab number on the back of the cab so they can track him/her down. Call 843-709-1985.

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Posted by Larry Sussberg on June 7, 2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Pour House hosts benefit for victims, including 33 children, of EME Apartments fire

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Posted by Charlie Moore on June 7, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

I moved to the area 21 years ago and enjoy living here but Charleston is such a pretentious town I may cash out and move back to Columbia, not because of the growth but for the financial windfall. I rarely go downtown anymore and when I do it is just to see shows. Tourist do not travel here to meet locals, what a silly idea. The people here are not special.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Yonder Field's Bowman Bound festival has been canceled

Bowman is halfway between Columbia & Charleston on i-26 and an easy ride from Florence or Hilton Head on I-95 sounds perfect. The only problem is the festival is in BOWMAN!! A weak ass line up with camping as your only alternative for sleeping in a location which is really just 2 gas stations at 2 exits is a hard sell even if the show was worth seeing. Riverfront park in north Charleston would have been a better location for the line up but if a festival is gonna pull people to the sticks they need to bring some heat. I suspect ticket sales were the real reason the festival was cancelled.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I am gonna to have to call bullshit on the pedicab incidents, you made this up as a platform to espouse your own bias. I have taken pedicab rides and never had such a conversation. I also used to pick my daughter up from work on King Street and never heard conversations like that among the pedicab drivers as I literally eaves dropped on their conversations as I waited in my car with the windows down.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

This narrow minded view is not limited to the tourism industry. I have heard transplants make similar comments about areas of the peninsula.

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Posted by kmj1969 on June 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Best Tattoo Shop

cant fine any photos of your shops work

Posted by David Findlay on June 7, 2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

WOW! You showed great restraint as I would have probably walked to said pedicab and given them a piece of my mind.
PS: We live in a very diverse neighborhood in Cola and I love it.

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Posted by Debbie McDaniel on June 7, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

Thank you for writing this Charleston and the surrounding areas really need to understand they are pricing the very people that help make this a top tourist destination out of the rental/housing market. They are going the way of Hilton Head Island and Kiawah they will have to literally bus their workforce in if they don't do something about this. I have many a story of workers that make 9.00 to 10 dollars an hour not being able to afford a place to live that is a sad commentary on our area it really is.

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Posted by Denise Mosley on June 7, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Talk about First World Problems. I've lived in many cities - including downtown Charleston - and have found it to be quite diverse, with much greater racial harmony than others. I also thank God every day that I have had the opportunity to live here. This piece sounds like the typical victimhood narrative of a liberal. The people of London, Manchester, Paris, and Kabul should be so lucky to have such a petty incident as their primary concern.

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Posted by MsBayHaven on June 7, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I am so glad you wrote this. I'm not sure what is happening in Charleston. I know the tourist trade has nearly always tended to whitewash Charleston history. I grew up hanging around downtown back in the mid to late 90's. I watched as the landscape changed and how they tried to bury done of the ugly things that built that town, or hide the contributions of non-white folks. Charleston has a diverse and complicated history that deserves more than it's history buried and to be gentrified to death. Thank you for this article.

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Posted by Chelsea Hall 1 on June 7, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “We shopped at Mt. Pleasant's new ALDI grocery store so you don't have to

a poster said, "This article itself illustrates how privilege can create bias owing to lifestyle marketing. 2. They hire from the community and pay a competitive wage, with benefits. 3. Their food is ethically sourced and sustainable. We all need to use our dollars to create a better world. 4. Reduced packaging pledge."

curious - what is your source for this information? Specific sources - and please don't provide a blog post as your source. And what does it mean - do you mean other grocery stores hire outside the area? ??

As far as wages, do you have a sample of wages at, for example, Publix vs. Aldi? My impression - recent Fortune Mar 3 2016 article - is that employees love Publix.

And the ethical sourcing - where exactly are you getting this information? Whole Foods would have us believe that very few people ethically source many things, as there are no uniform standards for 'ethical' or 'organic'. Many grocery stores make similar pledges, but Aldi has the benefit of being private so there is no public information unless you'd care to share it.

Thanks for your help. I know a lot of people like Aldi's (we do too - but I have no illusions about them making the world a better place, but it would be interesting to find out where you've derived that impression) but it is so easy to just make things up on the internet. Maybe you haven't done that - maybe you've got sources. Share them with us. thanks

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Posted by primer dump on June 7, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Did you call the manager of the pedicab company to let it be known that the company has been represented in this less than acceptable manner? If you didn't make that call, you probably shouldn't have put it out on social media. And, saying that, I'm making it known to you that I was confused and unable to comprehend any point you attempted to make other than the comment made by the pedicab driver in this article. I believe that sarcasm of this nature is offensive and a cover-up for lack of comprehension of the topics mentioned. First and formost, stick with the facts and be gracious and kind.

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Posted by Catherine Eckles on June 7, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Personally I've never heard a pedicab mention welfare. I don't see any reason why they would, I chalk this one up to agenda driven fake news. Foghorn speaks the truth...

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Posted by Quillz on June 7, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I live in a similar neighborhood and that's not the "point" of her piece. Perhaps you should reread the article, Ms. Gilchrist is clearly taking her run in with an unknown, rather uneducated pedicab driver and ballooning it into an indictment of the city's tourist industry. I know you're not obtuse, so I would suggest you go read some of Ms. Gilchrist previous agenda driven works.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 7, 2017 at 1:35 PM
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