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Pricing Convenience

"Watch out at convenience stores!" So said a breathless Sarah Buduson in a recent report for the excessively named My Eyewitness News Everywhere, identifying Mid-South convenience stores as a "hot spot" for on-the-go felons looking to score a buck while enjoying an ice-cold, 64-ounce beverage. "Fifteen convenience store robberies have been reported to Memphis police since April 15th," Buduson said. "One convenience store is robbed every other day."

Since Buduson's worrisome report aired, the Fly-Team's crime experts have worked overtime to identify three essential reasons why area convenience stores may be such easy marks for criminals. What they've discovered may shock you. Contrary to popular belief, convenience stores aren't just convenient for shoppers. Oh no. These Stop-and-Stabs — as they are sometimes called — make things easy for criminals, too. There may be several stores in a single neighborhood. They do a lot of cash business, and many are open 24/7. In other words, if convenience stores were harder to get to, carried less stuff people want, and were closed 12 or more hours a day, Memphis would immediately experience a sharp reduction in predatory crime.

Sh#t Lists

Once again, Memphis ranks at or near the bottom of several vaguely sourced but no less important-sounding/column-inch-eating lists. The Memphis Business Journal reports that fat, cue-lovin' Memphis is the seventh least heart-friendly city in America for women. And it isn't because the fellas are all a bunch of hardbodied smoothies, either.

Meanwhile, The Commercial Appeal notes a study showing that our fat, lazy, car-centric Home of the Blues is one of America's worst cities for cycling. But our favorite new ranking by far comes via a study reported by Conde Nast's listing Memphis as "the least safest metropolitan area," which, technically speaking, doesn't sound all that bad.

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