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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.

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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