While Big Gulp jugs might not offend most people, there are some in 14th Street NW who believe that the storefront threatens the neighborhood. Over 200 residents have signed a petition to shoo shoo one 7-Eleven from the neighborhood. According to the petition:
"We believe that 7/11 will diminish and detract from our neighborhood, nor do we see it adding any value to our lives. We feel that, at best, 7/11 will just cannibalize existing businesses, assuming anyone was to patronize the establishment."
The petition author further stated that they are "not impressed by the processed and sugary foods" at 7-Eleven, but as noted by CityLab, there is a CVS, Subway, and Dunkin Donuts near the storefront as well. The real issue for the petition author isn't the products that 7-Eleven sells, but the customers that the storefront attracts. The petition author told Borderstan, "People hanging out at four in the morning on a street corner are not looking to pick up trash. They're looking for trouble. We don't want trouble."
· A Petition Against a D.C. 7-11 and the Crypto-Classism of NIMBYism [CityLab]
· Area Residents Petition Against 14th Street NW 7-Eleven [Borderstan]
· "Stay Away from 14th St / Florida Ave!" petition [Change]