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Home Depot hammers the little guy, again

In regard to your article about the hot dog stands at Home Depot ("Home Depot tells owners of hot dog stands to relocate," May 17), I am appalled that the Big Box Bully would crush a small business owner in this environment. To throw out a long-time vendor that brings a nice added touch to this behemoth is unfathomable to me and should anger all small business owners especially the small businesses that use Home Depot for their own livelihood.

Kicking a 17-employee small business out to put more lawn mowers and grills in front during the "busy season" is odd since the store has been in partnership with Angelo Micklos for 21 years. Was this the first "busy season" in all of those years? If any mega store should take into consideration the implications of this action, it should be a company that has for years helped close down many small mom and pop hardware store across the nation.

Personally, I used to bribe my young daughter with the promise of a hot dog if she would go with me on the weekly Home Depot run. I'm sure I'm not the only dad out there who has resorted to the hot dog payoff!

Really, Home Depot you needed to do this?

Bill Aydlett, Catonsville

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