Local business owners complain of lost patronages due to the street barricades for the BET Hip Hop Award show filmed in Atlanta this weekend. BET offers no alternatives, only their promise that customers will be allowed through the traffic blocks.
Many local businesses are opposed to the closures arguing that they will miss out on valuable business. In addition to the streets shutting down, the sidewalks will also be close which will effectively block patrons from entering surrounding businesses. Rufus Terril owns O’Terrill’s Irish Pub on Piedmont and went as far as to ask BET what they would do to prevent his business being effected over the weekend. Terril met with city officials and BET representatives Wednesday night. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported they essentially just blew him off.