For many drug dealers in Bushwick, Family Dollar on Myrtle Avenue was a staple for throwaway, pay as you go cell phones. Now that its ownership has shifted to Dollar Tree, there’s been a lot of upheaval regarding the merchandise being sold. And one of the first things that management is chucking out the door is the beautifully trash-tastic selection of phones.
The new manager of the store, Jermaine DeDend, a 41-year-old native of Bushwick, confirmed to The Burning Bush, “Now that we’re owned by a new company, we’ve got all kinds of consultants and what have you coming in and telling us what we need to keep and what we need to get rid of. The phones were one of the first things they pointed out on the ‘to go’ list. Guess they want to help move gentrification along faster by keeping the coke dealers out.”
An anonymous customer, who favored Family Dollar as his main spot for replacing/rotating phones, stated, “This is really gon’ affect my business. What da fuck am I supposed to do if my clients can’t contact me?” Indeed, a number of Bushwickians expressed discontent over not being able to have easy access to drugs. Trinity Kane, a stripper at Pumps, lamented, “My dances are gonna be a whole lot sadder without some coke to pep them up. If I ever wanna contact my drug dealer I have to meet him on the corner near Delinquency.” To be sure, there’s going to be far more old school street corner drug deals without Family Dollar’s precious inventory of phones.
Written by Genna Rivieccio