The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington. Susan Bright and her husband, Gregg Rago, are hosting a meeting tomorrow afternoon at their restaurant with city officials and other business owners. A message that Bright sent seeking support for the effort was titled, “Bum Commerce on Kirkwood.” That title, as well as other parts of the message, were criticized on social media today after the message was posted to Facebook.
Nick’s English Hut will host the meeting about panhandling tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the upstairs attic of the restaurant. This afternoon a volunteer at Boxcar Books said volunteers there are opposed to the wording used in Bright’s letter and that some local residents are planning a measure in reaction to tomorrow’s meeting. So far there is no set time or meeting place, but those interested in the counter action can contact Boxcar Books.