Grand Haven business owner sick of "rowdy teens"

8:29 AM, Aug 16, 2008   |    comments
Doris Fekken, Owner Jumpin' Java, Grand Haven, Ottawa County
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GRAND HAVEN,  Mich. (WZZM) - Doris Fekken has been serving coffee and Cappuccinos for ten years. She owns the Jumpin' Java voted people's choice six years in a row.

Lately, the Jumpin' Java is better known as a hang out for what she calls unruly teens than for its coffee. "They hang out here. They destroy things they break glass against the walls. They smoke. They do a variety of things they should not be doing," said Fekken.

Fekken says she's counted up to 65 to 70 kids at a time. The patio next to the Jumpin' Java is owned by 5/3rd. The bank let's Fekken use the area for customers as long as she maintains it. "We've had flower pots and shrubs and hanging baskets.

Also, a number of other chairs, and umbrellas. They've stolen them all." Grand Haven police responded to 32 calls this year alone.

Fekken says most of the trouble starts after nine. "It's not always like that. It's some of the kids later at night not twenty-four seven," said 18 year-old customer Mark Pirrotta.

Fekken cards smokers and hounds people for loitering. Her signs don't seem to do any good. "I spent 800 dollars on no loitering signs," said Fekken. "They have ripped them all down but two so far." Neighboring shops are also fed up. They fear the problems will only escalate.

While police patrol the courtyard, grand haven public safety is working on solutions with the business owners.  But Fekken would rather spend her time serving customers than baby sitting.  

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