For John, BLUF: Where did all those people come from? Nothing to see here; just move along.
If you want to see what unrestrained illegal immigration looks like, go shopping at the Hannafords on Rogers Street in Lowell this afternoon.
A normally tranquil grocery with a couple of checkout lines, it was a madhouse. All the checkout lines were in use, as well as the "help desk" at the north end of the front of the store. They are restocking as they went. I saw a skid of frozen ice cream in the middle of an aisle. I picked up the small bottles of Caffeine Free Diet Coke right from the guy restocking the shelves, who had just arrived in the soda aisle.
Because there so many "foreigners", there were maps at the store entrance, explaining the store. And, people in red Hannaford T-Shirts walking around answering question—and they were busy.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Market Basket thing is a mess, and that forcing Author T out was a mistake. And that is from the effectiveness and long term profitability angle, not even counting all the good that Artie T has done for this and other communities. On the other hand, there are lots of ways this Market Basket shoot-out can go and many of those are not good ways.
By the way, if anyone knows where the Sorbet is, please leave a comment. No joy on the Sorbet during my trip through the store this afternoon. And I had a guy in a red T-Shirt helping me. Everything else was right where it was supposed to be.
Regards — Cliff