Peas & Pickles, DUMBO's biggest grocery, is having a problem, the Brooklyn Paper reports. It's "beggars," loitering outside and asking for change! You know, panhandlers, the kind that exist in every urban setting. Apparently, said beggars have rattled the "rapidly gentrifying" neighborhood's residents and grocery-store patrons. Some have even stopped shopping there! Oh, meow. Have New Yorkers completely lost their ability to engage with reality?
"We've heard from more than half our customers that they've been harassed by panhandlers in front of the store," said Maik Fawzy, the manager of Peas & Pickles, the neighborhood's largest supermarket. "We've actually had loyal customers who stopped coming here because of it."