Mario’s restaurant in Detroit routinely ignores complaints about blocking new bike lanes in the Cass Corridor, using the lanes for valet parking.
When I politely asked parking attendants to stop blocking the bike lanes on Second Avenue last year, they tried breaking the windows of my car.
“Get of here, you faggot ass bitch!” one of the attendants yelled as he punched a passenger-side window.
They’ve harassed me since.
On Saturday afternoon, I took out my cell phone camera after the parking attendants started trouble once again. Then a waiter became involved and exclaimed to me, “I’ll kick your fucking head in.”
When I called the restaurant, they told me to come in. But as I walked toward the restaurant, a parking attendant rushed towards me and began yelling within a few inches of my face.
So I continued walking and haven’t heard from Mario’s since.
The bike lanes continue to be blocked for valet parking, creating a hazard for bicyclists.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.