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Commenters Distraught at Business Closing, Never Spent One Cent There

MURFREESBORO, TN – News broke on Friday that a beloved local business, the Fartful Bagel, will close its doors to the public. The last day for the Fartful Bagel was Saturday.

In response to the announced closing, hundreds of commenters on social media have expressed infinite sadness, egomaniacally shifting attention away from a failed local business and the related emotional grief of the owners and placing the spotlight squarely on themselves, because, you know, now they can’t go get a snack from a place they went that one time, which is pretty much just as bad.

The Murfreesboro Tribune Investigative Team looked further into the comments and, surprisingly, it seems that very few of the people expressing dismay at the business closing even spent one damn dollar of their own money to support the owners.

“Oh no!!” said one commenter, with the double exclamation point to let you know that she is significantly hurt. “I never got to make it in there but had always wanted to!” Oh. Well, she really wanted to go. So that counts for something, right?

“We really enjoyed the time we did come in,” wrote another commenter, emphasizing the one damn time she managed to make it to the store in the eighteen months that the store was open to the public. How in the world could this place have closed with your incredible support?

One commenter tagged a friend and wrote “guess we will never get to try this place!!!” As if they never had a chance to park in the parking lot, walk in the door, and spend a few bucks on a donut in the five hundred or so days that the shop was open for business.

Here at The Tribune, we recommend actually spending money at local businesses, instead of waiting for the business to close and expressing your confusion at how a place that you never gave money to couldn’t quite make it.

In related news, The Murfreesboro Tribune Investigative Team has found that the comment “Prayers!” has resulted in significant medical improvement for individuals suffering from illness, so keep on doing that too.

Business Brief: They’re Opening Another F***ing Check Cashing Place

MURFREESBORO, TN – Memphis-based Chexxx4Lezzz is opening a check cashing, cash-advancing, and lower-income-pilfering company in Downtown Murfreesboro, the four thousandth such store in Rutherford County.

BringYoChexxxHere will be located on the corner of Sevier Street and South Highland Avenue, near the Kleer-Vu Café, in an area replete with lower-income residents.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” said Chexxx4Lezzz owner Rakesh Patel. “We  believe that our store will ensure that the community remains intact, because these significantly indebted people will never be able to the gain financial stability to move elsewhere.”

When asked if he had considered North Woods, Breckenridge, or Mirabella for his new store location, Patel laughed, noting that those areas were not part of his preferred demographic. “Not quite enough beater cars and cigarette smokers, if you know what I mean.”

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Saul Talure praised the new store opening, saying that the industry is poised for growth.

“With stagnant wages and the low-paying warehouse jobs we are recruiting, Murfreesboro will need at least a thousand more check-cashing establishments for our citizens,” Talure said confidently.

The proposed location will be voted on at the regularly-schedule Murfreesboro City Council Meeting on Thursday night. All signs point to approval.

Town Home Builders Propose Agent Orange, Napalm for Oaklands

MURFREESBORO, TN – Last month, much to the dismay of conservationists and several nearby bitchy residents, a home builder proposed ninety-one town homes to be built near the Oaklands Mansion and nearby wetlands on North Highland Avenue.

The plan to build townhomes in close proximity to the Oaklands Mansion and the wetlands near Sinking Creek drew immediate criticism from at least seven citizens, who took loudly to social media and didn’t have much else to do but complain on Facebook and Twitter.

In the past few weeks, if you have witnessed the frenzy on social media, you may have learned that a land developer plans to drop at least three payloads of Agent Orange, Napalm, and other biological weapons of ecological destruction on the site of a proposed town home site.

On Thursday, protesters provided leaked documents to the Tribune, drawn up on the back of a Cookout napkin, which set out the first phase of construction: complete and utter desolation of every living thing in the Oaklands Wetlands, using only the most toxic, transmutable, and offensive chemical agents known to man.

“This is exactly what we expected,” said some lady in Birkenstocks. “It is now clear that these land developers just want to rape mother nature and murder our plant life.”

“It’s almost as if these people are trying to just make money or build nice new things,” this likely herbal tea drinker added. “Did anyone stop to think about the willows that grow near the creek?”

ParksLambSwansonMurfreeCorp, the company responsible for site development, declined to comment, instead asking who we were and why we were peeking over the bathroom stall.

This story is developing (pun intended thank you).

Trump’s America: Hardware Store to Hold “Whites Only” Sale

MURFREESBORO, TN – A Murfreesboro True Value hardware store is the subject of both flared tempers and uneasy national pride following its owner’s decision to host a “Whites Only” Holiday Paint Sale.

Holiday shoppers in search of deals in various Murfreesboro news outlets were shocked at the appearance of the ad, which stated:

“Come and Support True Value This Holiday Season! Whites Only—No Blacks, Browns, or Yellows!”

Dave Arian, who owns Arian Family Hardware, insists that the sale has nothing to do with race, but the community knows better.

“My simple misunderstanding over back stock is not a damn appeal to white supremacy,” Arian lied through his teeth. “In April, I ordered seventy different shades of white pantone and it didn’t sell, so I took out some ads this week.”

Arian Family Hardware has seen a 250% increase in its foot traffic since the sale was announced, as well as a 500% increase in protests.

Less than forty-eight hours after the sale was announced, every drop of paint, along with hammer, nail, wrench, and nut, was sold. However, the store was quickly filled with volunteers from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Associates from the SPLC and ACLU, who have had makeshift field offices in Murfreesboro since 2009, when arsonists set fire to a local Islamic Center, have pointed out that that the ad was incredibly effective due to one simple omission: the word “paint.”

“Why did this man leave the word ‘Paint’ out of the ad if he wasn’t trying to appeal to racial hatred?” asked SPLC Field Director John White-Guilt. “We think it is pretty clear that this is a racist business that must be stopped.”

“Excuse me for not being some Mr. Billy Wigglestick Shakespeare,” said Arian, asked for comment on the omission. “Or that damn Edgar Allan Poe.”

At press time, local activists on one side of Broad Street were setting up a “True Values Matter” picket line in support of the store as an opposition group distributed placards with the message “Whitewashing hurts our feelings” stamped in red ink.

This story is developing.

Murfreesboro Tribune Beat Reporter Eddie Poe can be reached with comments, complaints, and sexual propositions at eddiepoetribune@gmail.com.

Cheddar’s Review: Lots of Fat People, Must Be Good

MURFREESBORO, TN – The Murfreesboro Tribune Food Blog is in development, but has been delayed by excessive drug use by our Food Blog Writer, which spurred the Food Blog to propose content solely focused on late night snacking.

While the Food Blog gets it act together, the Tribune Staff decided to start a series of Food Reviews here in Murfreesboro. We aren’t ruling out drugs, but we figured we need to survey some restaurants that the public may enjoy, which means we can’t just write about Eddie Poe’s fridge after burning down some green.

First up is Cheddar’s, the restaurant where everything is three dollars and all guests receive a complimentary head start towards heart disease at a young age.

Parking
Well, half of the parking spots in the parking lot are handicap spaces. Honestly, it’s hard to tell whether the spaces are for handicap or handifat, like the perfectly-healthy-but-still-gonna-ride-this-thing people at Kroger who scoot around in the motorized carts. On that topic, it might not be a bad idea to start a business to rent motorized scooters to haul these plus-sized foodies into the building.

After finding a parking space about three thousand feet from the front door, we wowed the crowd by walking to the front door without a cane, a water break, or a taxi cab to haul us across the lot.

Customer Service
At first, the waiting area was a bit crowded, as the entire Lane Bryant catalog appeared to shuffle through the door at the same time. However, the service was much more friendly once we managed to navigate the maximum-elevator-weight crowd and find a table.

Our waitress was pleasantly surprised when we ordered waters. She expressed frustration that she usually serves sweet tea, one gallon jug at a time, only to find her first delivery guzzled into oblivion by the time she returns to the table.

Menu
The menu offers a great variety of artery-blocking grease buckets, including heavyweight favorites such as double breaded chicken tenders, fried butter cubes, and lard-in-a-bucket. They also have a “lighter side” menu, as if anyone in the building is counting calories today.

To be honest, we aren’t sure whether those items are on the menu. We are just guessing based on the clientele of this place. We couldn’t read the menu because the lettering on the pages is so worn. We assume that, patron after patron, people have wiped their brow in exhaustion after walking from the waiting area to their table or some other light calisthenics, and that the sweat slowly wore the letters down.

Overall
We were unable to complete our experience at Cheddar’s. After ordering waters and a house salad, we were told that the restaurant does not serve lettuce, only bacon. Then, as we contemplated how to order food here without knowingly shortening our lives in the process, a portly fellow entered the restaurant and demanded to be seated.

After the man became violent (he hadn’t eaten in three hours), we volunteered our table so the he could be pacified. The kitchen rushed some fried cheese (because they sell fried cheese, of course) to the table and everyone was happy.

In all, let’s be honest: fat people love this place, so it must be good.

Rating (Out of Five Spades): ♠♠♠♠

New Restaurant Tragically Mistakes Fake Newspaper for Real Newspaper

MURFREESBORO, TN – Chicken Salad Chick is a fast casual chicken salad restaurant, which opens a new location in Murfreesboro this week. From everything we can tell, the business is great and the food is delicious. However, Chicken Salad Chick recently made a mistake that led to some mild in-house hilarity.

As part of its comprehensive marketing plan, Chicken Salad Chick issued a press release to local media, which included important facts about the upcoming opening. The restaurant sent a copy of the press release to the Tribune and said they “would love to share this news with [Tribune] readers.”

Here at the Tribune, we aren’t satisfied with your cookie-cutter press release, so we decided to do our own write-up, which required a little more information than Chicken Salad Chick originally provided.

Here is the email exchange that followed:

From Tiffany ***** to The Tribune

Hey there,

I noticed you cover the scene in Murfreesboro and wanted to share some exciting news that I thought might be of interest. Chicken Salad Chick (CSC), the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant, will be opening its first Nashville area location on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 2855 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. This company-owned location marks the third Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Tennessee.

Would love to share this news with your readers. If interested, I’d be happy to connect you with a corporate executive who can speak on expansion plans in the Nashville area or provide images of the restaurant/menu items — let me know what you might need!

Thanks!
Tiffany

From The Tribune to Tiffany *****

Tiffany,

We would love to do a write-up! For our business announcements, we generally use information from a simple set of questions, which I attached below. Can you fill this out and kick it back over? We will draft something and send it out.

Sam.

Business Name:
Business Address:
Event Date & Time:
Contact Person:
Target Market:

From Tiffany ***** to The Tribune:

Business Name: Chicken Salad Chick
Business Address: 2855 Medical Center Parkway, Suite F
Event Date & Time: Chicken Salad Chick in Murfreesboro will be open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact Person: restaurant number – 615-900-3087 
Target Market: Murfreesboro

From The Tribune to Tiffany *****:

Tiffany,

We have reached out several times now and haven’t heard back on the “Target Market” statement. I wrote the following, which is all the information I have right now. Please let me know if you’d like to comment further.

I think this gets your business out and lets Murfreesboro know that you are a big fan of Murfreesboro residents!

Sam.

Big news for Murfreesboro Chicken Lovers! Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant, will be opening its first Nashville area location on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 2855 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. This company-owned location marks the third Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Tennessee.

According to Chicken Salad Chick, its target market will be Murfreesboro, which appears discriminatory on its face, but may just be a business preference. The Murfreesboro Tribune reached out for further comment from Chicken Salad Chick a number of times, but could not find an answer, so it appears that the business will only be serving chicken salad to Murfreesboro residents.

Please do not come to Chicken Salad Chick if you live in: La Vergne, Smyrna, Eagleville, Walter Hill, Blackman, Christiana, Lascassas, Milton, Rockvale, or anywhere else outside of Murfreesboro. Chicken Salad Chick wants only Murfreesboro residents.

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

From Claibourne ***** to The Tribune: 

Hi Sam,

Tiffany passed along your email, as our South Florida office is currently closed because of the hurricane. Sorry if you’ve had trouble reaching someone! I’m available the rest of the day to speak more about the target market. You can reach me on my cell at ***-***-****.

Thanks,
Clay

From The Tribune to Claibourne *****:

Claibourne,

Unfortunately, a mob of rats chewed through our phone lines, so our phones are currently down.

I really just needed clarification on the target market. Is there anyone that Chicken Salad Chick is not targeting? In other words, certain people or areas that aren’t ideal customers?

We want to make sure our press release has the right information.

Sam.

From Claibourne ***** to The Tribune:

Sam,

Appreciate you wanting to get it right. Chicken Salad Chick in Mufreesboro welcomes all residents and visitors – near or far. We’re looking forward to sharing our delicious chicken salad with not only Murfreesboro, but all surrounding communities. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Best,
Clay

From The Tribune to Claibourne *****:

Claibourne,

Received your message and we are very glad to hear that you will welcome anyone into the store. We were concerned for a minute about the Murfreesboro-only statement.

Please review the release below. We want to get this out today by 5:00 p.m. Let us know your thoughts as soon as you can. If we do not hear from you, we will run the release, as we believe it encompasses the all-inclusive mission you are shooting for.

Sam.

Big news for Murfreesboro chicken lovers! Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant, will be opening its first Nashville area location on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 2855 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. This company-owned location marks the third Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Tennessee.

Most importantly, Chicken Salad Chick is an all-inclusive restaurant that will welcome all residents and visitors, near or far. The restaurant looks forward to sharing delicious chicken salad with not only Murfreesboro, but all surrounding communities. This includes transvestites, vagrants, hookers, and clowns.

On behalf of the Tribune, we are glad to have an all-inclusive restaurant in the area, who will serve anyone and everyone, regardless of violent criminal history or sex offender registry status.

Please stop by and welcome Chicken Salad Chick to the Neighborhood!

No response was received from Chicken Salad Chick, which means that the Tribune likely nailed the press release.

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Halloween Candy Pipeline Burst; Gov. Declares State of Emergency

MURFREESBORO, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning after a Halloween Candy pipeline burst overnight in rural Kentucky, causing a potential Halloween Candy Shortage in Middle Tennessee.

“This is a precautionary measure as we are not currently seeing any widespread unavailability of candy corn or gummy worms in Tennessee,” Haslam said in a press release, which he foolishly thought would calm the masses of fat people yearning for a sugar high.

The Adult Onset Diabetes Pipeline, which flows from rural Kentucky into Middle Tennessee, carries approximately fourteen million pounds of Halloween Candy into Tennessee each fall. Tennesseans apparently just can’t get enough fatness, as they consistently eat whatever is pumped out of that pipeline.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, Governor Haslam remained adamant that a Halloween Candy Shortage is unlikely.

“It is important for the community to know that there is plenty of Halloween Candy,” said Governor Haslam. “The only way we could have a shortage of Halloween Candy is if everyone rushes out to buy candy at the same time, so please don’t do that.”

The community responded to this plea for civility as expected, rushing to every grocery store, gas station, and fat kid’s hollowed out bed post to find every morsel of candy available.

Despite Halloween Candy being available at nearly every store in Middle Tennessee, residents took to social media to voice panic and complaints.

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As capitalists, the Tribune has set up the Tribune Candy Shop, which sells candy out of the back of the Mobile News Center, a windowless van that we bought off Craigslist.

The Tribune Candy Shop will have Reese’s Cups, Kit Kats, and Milk Duds for sale. You can keep that home-packed-in-a-white-bag shit to yourself.

Local Mother Miraculously Not Part of Pyramid Scheme Side Job

MURFREESBORO, TN – In a move that family and friends described as a “complete shock,” local mother Lacey Temple has decided to not whore out her social media account for a multilevel marketing company, despite the fact that nearly every other mother she knows appears to have done so.

Temple, a stay-at-home mother of three, is an ideal candidate for an independent marketing representative with a triangle-shaped business venture, a position that several of her friends have taken to earn a moderate side income, regardless of the enormous damage that the position does to their personal and professional reputation.

“I’m stunned,” said Heather Wakham, a friend of the Temple family, who also serves as a Double Diamond Seal Super Plus Rep with Plexus Worldwide. “Lacey has an opportunity with our company to buy my products, make a lot of money for me and my kids, and talk her friends into doing the same for her. It’s pretty selfish to not help me out.”

Temple reported that she has been approached by representatives from Avon, Herbalife, Mary Kay, AdvoCare, Rodan + Fields, Plexus, Pampered Chef, DildoWorx, Scentsy, and the Columbia House VHS Sales Program, but does not plan to take part in any completely legitimate business that allows you to make money by recruiting people to work directly underneath you.

“I think she’ll come around to it,” said Megan Temple, Lacey’s older sister, who is also a Brand Ambassador Double Secret Six Important Title Rep with It Works! (but seriously have you tried that crazy wrap thing?). “Once she realizes the incredible effect of these wraps, and how much money you can make by pressuring your friends and family through Facebook to try this voodoo science, she’s going to jump on board.”

The writer of this article was unable to reach Temple for comment, in part because I recently accepted a position with Juice Plus and, hey, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask strangers to buy, would I? Answer the phone, Lacey. You need this juice stuff.

Mattress Store to Hold Sale

MURFREEESBORO, TN – In what is being hailed as an “industry changer,” a Murfreesboro mattress store is planning a mattress sale. Local residents are losing their damn minds.

Jon and Betty Perlman, who own Hey Look Over Here Mattresses on Cason Lane, drew inspiration from other industries, which often employ tacky sales gimmicks. The Perlmans saw that the tacky gimmicks have never quite made it to the mattress industry. These gimmicks include flyers, mailers, and paying grown-ass men to sit in a lawn chair and hold a sign all day.

“We asked each other ‘what is no one in our industry doing,'” said Jon. “Suddenly it dawned on us; why haven’t mattress stores put mattresses on sale?”

“I’m not trying to boast,” said Betty, clearly boasting, “but we are in the mattress industry because our stores have a history of no pressure, no frills, no gimmicks sales.”

Jon beamed with pride at his revelation. “We never whore ourselves out for attention or profits,” he said, resting his arm on a pile of flyers declaring Jon and Betty Perlman “The Mattress Masters of Murfreesboro,” with each wearing costumes from Masters of the Universe while swinging antique weapons at the camera.

To ensure that the mattress sale receives the rapt attention of the community, and that mattress stores only put on sales for legitimate reasons, the Perlmans decided to have a Ukrainian Independence Day Sale, which opens on August 24.

On August 24, 1991, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, which established independence from the Soviet Union. The Perlmans figured that sounds like as good a reason as any to sell some mattresses.

“There are two things I hate in this world,” said Jon Perlman. “Overpriced mattresses and commies.”

In what can only be described as a trance fueled by ethnic hatred, Perlman locked eyes with the author of this article, muttering “you ain’t no damn commie, are you?”

Please go see the Perlmans. For America. And for Mother Ukraine.

Walmart Supercenter to Open in Rutherford County Historic Courthouse

MURFREESBORO, TN – Walmart announced plans on Friday to open a new Walmart Supercenter in the Rutherford County Historic Courthouse.

“We believe that Walmart will provide stability to the Public Square,” said Walmart Regional Manager John DeVries, “and an opportunity to bankrupt at least a half a dozen other mom and pop businesses in the surrounding area.”

The Murfreesboro City Council approved the proposed Walmart Supercenter at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night.

“There’s a Walmart everywhere else in this town, so we figured why not put one on the Square,” said Murfreesboro Mayor Sugar Shane McHarland. “At this point, we pretty much just said f*** it— they can go where they want”

Conservative estimates place the proposed store as the twenty-seventh Walmart in Rutherford County, which has spurred explosive growth in check cashing outlets, liquor stores, and other luxury industries.

The Rutherford County Historic Courthouse was built in 1859 according to Wikipedia, which is about as far as this author can get right now after a few too many glasses of Chianti. But since when is it against the law to have a few drinks before work, you judgmental prick?

Initial plans indicate that the first floor will be home goods, the second floor will be food and groceries, and the third floor will remain closed to the public.

Walmart officials have been unable to locate anyone who has actually been to the third floor of the Historic Courthouse and, as a result, Walmart believes the third floor to be haunted.

For more information on Walmart’s continued expansion into the hearts and homes of Rutherford County, raise the issue at your family Thanksgiving Dinner or challenge one of the people sitting on a bench on the Public Square to a measured debate about capitalism. That would be one hell of a ride.

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