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City Creek Snark Fest



A new website is providing a platform for those who want to take a swipe at the LDS Church's shopping complex, City Creek Center. Titled "Don't shop City Creek," it showcases reasons why shoppers shouldn't patronize the long-awaited mall.---

On the site, pithy lines, which you can refresh by hitting "OK, why else?," offer criticism, typically tied to the mall's well-publicized and extensive code of conduct, of both the mall and its owners.Viewers can submit their own reasons for not shopping City Creek by clicking "Let us know why."

Some comments target the "let them eat cake" ethos that the mall is seen to aspire to by some of its critics. One writer, presumably talking about a well-known cellist who solicits coins while he plays outside Salt Lake City theater venues, notes that such an act would be told to move on. The writer concludes, "People who can afford $500 handbags shouldn't have to be reminded that there are poor people."

That City Creek is closed on Sundays also comes in for a little drubbing. "Seriously ... they want to 'protect your values' even if those values aren't yours," states one writer. Other code-of-conduct issues that seem to irritate people include not being able to hand out pamphlets to advertise a local band or wear a provocative T-shirt.

Some writers, though, appear to have had enough of the entire subject.

Why not shop City Creek? "Because it's a fucking mall," snarls one. "Go ride a bike, fat ass."