Inquirer staff writer Jillian Smith reports:
The Pennysaver convenience store on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Apsley Street in Germantown was empty during the usual lunchtime rush. With no TV, store owner Yunnie Kim and cashier Jimmae Little could not watch the inauguration. To be honest, there was nothing to prove that today was a day in history except for the lack of customers. Maybe they were elsewhere viewing Obama’s speech?
Then, at noon, two men broke the silence in the store to order lunch at the deli counter. “I don't care too much for Obama. I voted for McCain,” said Malik Carter. Carter and his friend Bryant Peoples continued to joke about Obama, mainly about his middle name being Hussein.
Other than that, no real chatter was going on about the inauguration. Work went on as usual with Yunnie Kim, ringing up Peoples’ and Carters’ lunch orders and Little selling lottery tickets to three other customers. Kim’s husband, Han, stocked the shevles with candy.
“People must be really watching it because they're not coming in for their daily numbers!” Little exclaimed. The daily number lottery drawing ended at 1 p.m.
At around 12:15 p.m. Rob Cosson walked in and ordered a sandwich. "I want to watch my shows at 12:30 p.m. Gotta watch my Young and the Restless. I’ll catch everything on the news at 5 o'clock. Why do I need to watch it now? It's going to be on all day!"
Yunnie Kim switched the radio from a hip-hop station to KYW at 12:30 p.m. to listen to inaugural coverage. Not even two minutes later, another co-worker came in and turned the radio back to the hip-hop station. "It's going to be on all day!" he said.
By 12:45 p.m. the store started to get busy - finally. Sandwiches were ordered, lottery tickets purchased. "I guess he's sworn in already," Little said.
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