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Trails End Deli Protesters: 'Boycott isn't About Race'

A group of Verplanck residents staged a boycott and handed out flyers in front of the Trails End Deli in response to a number of controversial videos and photos that were posted by a family member of the stores owners.

There’s a good chance the boycott that took place outside of the Trails End Deli in Verplanck Saturday won’t be the last, according to organizers.

“This isn’t about race,” Laurie Lyford said as she handed out flyers across the street from the deli. “It’s not fair for someone to come from another country, have a business in our country, take our money, disrespect us, mock our religion, say you hate the United States, and record people without their knowledge.”

Lyford was one of about a half-a-dozen people who stood across the street from the store Saturday morning. A photo of the flyer that was handed out is attached to this story. 

The deli has been a growing source of controversy in the hamlet over videos and pictures featuring one of the store’s workers.

The 20-year-old Ammran Morshed, whose family owns the establishment, is shown in a YouTube video taken five years talking to two customers sitting in a car outside the deli. The customers use profane language and spout anti-American rhetoric during the clip.

 Here's a link to another YouTube video where, no anti-American language is used, but the video does show Morshed getting in a verbal dispute with at least one customer

A Facebook group called “Boycott Anti-American Trails End Deli, Verplanck, NY”  has already sprung up and has nearly 1,800 members. Although no threats of physical harm have been made to workers at the store, a number comments can be found from people expressing outrage.

Morshed apologized for the video and said it was taken five years ago. The Facebook group also has also posted what appears to be pictures of Morshed holding firearms, including one photo where there appears to be playground in the background. It’s not clear where those pictures were taken.

Lyford said she isn’t moved by Morshed’s apology.

“That was just to save the business or to save embarrassment,” Lyford said. “That was not a true apology. You can hear someone in the background telling him what to say.”

Lyford said her group will try and pressure the store for as long as it takes.

Check back for more updates on this story as they become available.

Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 08:17 PM
They're not "their.from"
Shaun McGuire January 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Greg = God
Shaun McGuire January 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Whoever you are, I wish we were friends.
while you were out January 09, 2013 at 09:18 PM
You left a lot of the story out . http://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/27/nyregion/l-from-peekskill-view-of-robeson-unrest-790958.html
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Not as clever as I think, do you know anything about public information? It is crazy what one could find on the internet if one was so inclined. Also, are you familiar with one's right to share pubic information on a public forum such as this? Imagine if you offended some one on a public forum with distasteful comments of their community and neighbors? What if that person you offended had public information taken from the internet,for example, links to your personal Facebook account, your personal Flickr account, even a map off of Google Earth showing a little bungalow in Buchanan and posted them on here? Would that be wrong or would that just be sharing information accessible to the public? Crazy right? Maybe if there indeed was such a person, that person would be satisfied with a public apology to all the people you insulted from Verplanck.
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Not as clever as I think, do you know anything about public information? It is crazy what one could find on the internet if one was so inclined. Also, are you familiar with one's right to share pubic information on a public forum such as this? Imagine if you offended some one on a public forum with distasteful comments of their community and neighbors? What if that person you offended had public information taken from the internet,for example, links to your personal Facebook account, your personal Flickr account, even a map off of Google Earth showing a little bungalow in Buchanan and posted them on here? Would that be wrong or would that just be sharing information accessible to the public? Crazy right? Maybe if there indeed was such a person, that person would be satisfied with a public apology to all the people you insulted from Verplanck.
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Gee Jean Then I'm glad I didn't offend anyone or call any names..other than the 2 kids in thecar spouting their stupidity...So If you were personally taken aback..re read what I wrote..you probabally know then that i have many very good friends in Verplanck...
Shaun McGuire January 09, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Short memory ? ... (sic) "especially by those time wasting losers who are carrying on" .... "about STUPID VERPLANCK should be required watching" .... I guess it's not insulting.
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:29 PM
The comment jean wolbaum seems to have mis understood was referring to the fictious verplanck named in the movie Drowning Mona, no actual persons were insulted or implied- so if this satisfies your implied threat so be it. The stupidity again refers to the 5 year old comments- not made by the Trails End Deli people- which was my point. OK?
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Shaun-the film was about "stupid verpanck" not the real Verplanck- take this issue up with the write of the film... for example here are some quotes: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0186045/quotes
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Stop back tracking Gene, admit you were wrong and apologize and I will leave you alone.
Cyndi January 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
This was your comment "The deli is probably needed in verplanck which is more like a ghost town". I think it would also sound a little bit of an insult to the people of this town as it is in NO way a Ghost town. That itself is insulting and incorrect.
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:51 PM
OK, it is a store in a town that does not have many commercial enterprises, and it would probably be good for the town to continue to encourage business, and customers coming into town . BTW I love the Paradise and dine there as frequently as I can.
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:52 PM
OK Jean..I appologize to you for any comment youmight have interperted as offensive- now will you delete your personal posts?
Not as clever as I think January 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
This has gone wayyyy beyond a civil discussion of 2 stupid boys in a car saying stupid things 5 years ago, and holding a kid accountable for the youtube upload which he apparently did not upload...and saying things he did not say His poor parents are desperate to keep their business going which was probably an asset to the town.
Cyndi January 09, 2013 at 11:11 PM
You, I am going to assume for arguments sake (however, not easily detectable based on your comments) are an intelligent person. When you make the comments you have made you should expect some kind of rebuttals to the CORRECT nature of the situation. It is not a ghost town it is a HAMLET part of what makes this place a great place to grow up and raise children may just be the lack of Commercial enterprises. And the town and its people do and have supported, not only this business for years, but any business that has been local to them. The town will continue to support the LOCAL businesses that CARE about the community and people in which they are supporting!!!
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
WOW!!! All my comments have been deleted? Just because I was smart enough to figure out who these "anonymous" commentators are and because I had the balls to call them out? Shame on you Rasheed Oluwa and The Peekskill Patch. I was sharing public information! If I was sharing a list of publicly accessible list of gun permit holders you would not have deleted my comments! Scumbags!
Cyndi January 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
So again if you can refer to my previous comment to you, that will stand. That being said, the people of the Boycott page have also stated time and time again, If the owner of this store came out with a public apology, something to this affect: I apologize for the acts of my son's friends from a video taken (lets get real IT WAS NOT 5 years ago 3 at most) years ago in front of MY store. I not only Love America but I love this community and I apologize to any of my loyal customers/neighbors/friends who were offended by this act done by stupids. I also deeply regret the videos that were taken THIS past Christmas causing embarrassment not only to my store but to my valued patron. I will make myself available to discuss any possible retribution to these people and show my sincerest apologies....." yadda yadda yadda something to this affect MAY VERY WELL HAVE gone a long way to the "poor parents are desperate to keep their business going which was probably an asset to the town."
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I am going to direct my friends on the boycott page to read Not as clever as I think's comments here. I will also personally inbox everyone who ask's directions on how to access public information on Not as clever as I think. Then we'll see how many friends he has left in Verplanck.
Jean Wollbaum January 09, 2013 at 11:29 PM
James, all I know is the food at Arrowhead stadium is delicious!
Rasheed Oluwa (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Hello Jean, while I want this conversation to continue, I still need it to happen in a manner that conforms with Patch's terms of use policy. Yes, the information is publicly available. But, as a courtesy, I'm asking you and other users to stay on topic and refrain from posting that information.
Sue Peck January 10, 2013 at 01:51 AM
in listening to you all, I find it curious that although Trails End Deli has been in the neighborhood for over 10 years, how few of you seem to know Jimmy and his family. Why is that? They are open most of the time and are directly across the street from the Post Office where we all have to go to get our mail (and why is that? Why no street delivery?).
Cyndi January 10, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Sue, I am confused by the question. Is it..why is there no street delivery for the mail? Is it why do more people not know Jimmy personally? Is it why do more people not go into the store as it is open most of the time?
Cyndi January 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Either way I suppose my answers would be the same (and I can of course only speak for me).... I do not know why there is no street delivery for the post office although that would be very nice (maybe that is something the towns people can petition the USPS for?!) Why do more people not know Jimmy and his family personally? I, again speaking for myself, have gone to many stores many times in my life, take Angies for instance and yes I know Angie Kathy and Tony when I go into the store but I do (which I have been doing for 30+ years btw) but I have never sat down with any of them to break bread. They are/were my local grocers. Sure I ran into Tony outside of the store from time to time, having gone to school together many years ago and as adults in Fulgums a few times where we have exchange pleasantries. Not personally knowing them however has never really come across my mind as I am sure it hasn't gone through most peoples mind (again I can only speak for myself however). Why do more people not go into the store as it is open most of the time? I am sure there are many reasons for that. I myself have gone in to the store a few times in the past few years BUT only when Angies or other stores where closed and not as convenient as I myself found the store pretty dingy and filthy. And the few times that I did shop at the store was mainly for cigarettes and sometimes beer. However I am sure everyone has their own reasons.
Snake Plisken January 10, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Some of the questions here are just amazing. When we moved to Verplanck 8 years ago..one of the FIRST things that I wondered about..was..."why no mail delivery"...and the simple way to answer that query?...ask somebody..AT THE POST OFFICE IN VERPLANCK!...like we did............................
Sue Peck January 10, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Cyndi I go for the convenience for cigarettes too and have found Jimmy very pleasant and easy to talk to....much like Angie's.
Sue Peck January 10, 2013 at 02:37 AM
hey Snake...what did they say re no mail delivery? I asked and did not get a reason.
Cyndi January 10, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Well Sue, nobody as far as I know and I have been involved in the boycott since day 1, has ever questioned that Jimmy is a very pleasant man. And if you read all of the posts on this article as well you will see that a lot of this could have been handled differently if the very and all pleasant Jimmy had taken a different kind of approach other than "no comment".
TxDoe January 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Clever you are referring to a MOVIE... it's not based on any fact. This is not a ghost town this is a real town with real people not a movie. These are hard working people who believe in what is right. they do not believe trashing the US is ok. If you believe this movie real then you are probably one who believes that space exploration is the same as Star Trek or Star Wars. My family has been a part of Verplanck since the 1700s so please get your facts straight before you start quoting movies as fact. Save the movie quotes for your friends and family and don't use them as facts.
TxDoe January 10, 2013 at 01:43 PM
there is no mail delivery bc they do not offer that in Verplanck. If you would like mail delivered to your front door try coach light sq or Buchanan or peekskill. That's small town living for you. Even in the very small town we do not have mail delivery to our homes. We have to go to centrally located post boxes and use a key to get our mail. We also do not have sidewalks on every street GASP yes I know... but that's the price of small town living. I would rather know my neighbors and the people around me then worry about the lack of mail delivery and lack of sidewalks. there are bigger issues here that we cannot distract from. The fact is in this town or any small town or even any large city stating you F the US is not acceptable. Stay on topic Sue if you cannot do that please contact either the town of cortland over the lack of sidewalks or the USPS regarding you big issue of delivering the mail.

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