A guy who always comes into the store and yaps about Harvard Square becoming too commercialized and announcing his grandiose plans to solve this problem; plans that he has no way to implement, sees me on my way to work and said “This is a disgrace. A disgrace, I say. Do you see that?” He points to the recently gutted 7-11, which is being renovated into a burger place. “They’re tearing down all the landmarks and putting corporations there.”
"Ummm. Are you complaining that this place is getting too corporate because they TORE DOWN a 7-11? 7-11 is the epitome of corporations. They’ve been shutting down local convenience stores since before Starbuck’s existed. You should be thrilled that they’re gone."
"But," he says, "it’s a landmark."
"How? How is a 7-11 a landmark?"
"Right." I say. "The only way it’s a landmark was in the ‘Hey, can you recommend a convenience store that won’t have what I’m looking for, but will have something similar, but grossly overpriced? Oh, and I’d really like the people behind the counter to be rude to me for interrupting their conversation on their cell phone.’"
"Well, *I* liked it there."