Shane and Mods- please leave this up a few days on electric since this is the most visited- We need all the responses we can get!!
For those of you that have never visited Memphis and raced with the MSRA, we race in a huge parking lot surrounded by commercial business. The center area of the lot where we race is NEVER used for parking- it's just an overflow area that I personally haven't ever seen used. Anyway, we race three parking areas away from Haverty's Furniture. There are at least eight entrances between us and the Haverty's parking area. We IN NO WAY impede visibility or parking accessibility to Haverty's, yet the manager there for what ever reason decided he wanted us to quit racing OVER 700 FEET from his store!! He claimed a racer came and used the rest room at Haverty's and it messed up the rotation of the salespersons because one of the "upped" the racer thinking he wanted to purchase furniture. However, myself or ANY OTHER MSRA racer has NEVER seen anyone or known of anyone going to Haverty's to use the rest room. Why would we? IHOP is half the distance and Hobby Town is about the saame distance and we're welcome to use HT's bath rooms.
Anyway, I called the manager's bluff and asked for his documentation of the customer complaints and he got pissed off when we wouldn't just up and quit racing because he said to, so he called trhe property managers and told them the same lies. They of course called Hobby Town and now we will have to race behind Hobby Town where there are huge drainage grates and the asphalt is way off camber and V-shaped for drainage. On top of that, our exposure will be practically eliminated since it's hard to see where we'll be racing.
I have also found from talking to persons in the sales business in the area the manager- Dave Carraway- is a known jerk and a liar.
The MSRA is a non-profit racing club and we have hardly any way to fight this other than letting Haverty's know they made a mistake. So the best way is to email them and hope they see they need to address this problem and this jerk managing the store. Please go to http://www.havertys.com/web/homepage.nsf/mainframe
and click on the "contact us" tab then submit an email telling them what you think about their ways of drawing new customers!! You can also email one of the PR person here- Crain@havertys.com
Please be polite, don't curse, and just explain that you are an R/C racer and you, your family, friends, and workmates will NEVER grace the doors af a Haverty's furniture store unless they make this situation right.
Whether you email them because you are a friend of mine, supporter of R/C racing everywhere, or just hate stupid lying jerks that want to spoil someone's fun because their sales are hurting, please take a second to do this. Space is sooo freakin expensive in the Memphis area that we will never find another place to race with the exposure we have here.