Friends in Dayton, Tenn., rally around Hindu businessman subjected to nasty Facebook gossip
DAYTON, Tenn. - Over the course of the lunch hour, a continual stream of blue-collar, born-and-bred Rhea County men passed through the doors of B&E Convenience, a small gas station and convenience store on Market Street still known to locals as the old Pilot.
Sunny Patel, the kind-faced, mustachioed owner of this store for 10 years now, knows them all.
And they know him.
Which is why the regulars didn't believe the Facebook rumor circulating last week that Patel was celebrating the fatal shooting that had occurred 40 minutes away in Chattanooga.
"To anyone who goes to the convenience store near Bi-Lo," one Dayton man posted last Friday, "the owner personally told a customer yesterday that he was happy about what happened in Chattanooga yesterday regarding the shooting and the killing of four Marines."