The Unassuming Sign
He looked at the sign he had just put up at his shop and smiled. He had never done this before. He also knew that it would cause quite a stir among his customers. He just wasn’t sure if the reactions would be good or bad. He was also well aware that this would potentially affect his profit, but he knew deep down that he had made the right choice. However, he hadn’t realized that the simple sign on the door of his gas station would turn into a media frenzy.
He Was A Hard Worker
This new experience totally blew the shop owner away. Frank Hemani has seen a lot of things living in this small town. He learned to deal with certain situations as they came along. He was also a hard worker, and it paid off after he became the owner of a bunch of gas stations. But it hasn’t always been easy. It was actually pretty tough, especially living in Texas. And mainly for someone with his ethnic background.
Living In Texas
Frank lived in the northeastern part of Texas his entire life, not too far from Dallas. But there have been times when he’s felt like an outsider because of his tan skin and dark hair. Most people assumed he was Latino, especially since 40% of people in Texas are Hispanic. Frank, whose birth name is Faisal, is of Middle Eastern descent, and a Muslim. And that’s made life very rough sometimes.
Loner In The Lone Star State
For most of his life, Frank lived in Emory, Greenville, and Arlington. But the Asian population in those cities was approximately three percent. No wonder Frank felt like a bit of an outsider! But he understood that being a hard worker was important. And even when he struggled financially or went hungry, he persevered. Now, he’s the proud owner of a number of gas stations in Emory. But he’s still affected by his surroundings.
Los Angeles Times
Frank has witnessed plenty of changes, especially the ones that aren’t always easy to spot. Things weren’t any easier after the recession of 2008. The wealth inequalities, which had been growing for decades, became clearer, and most people lost everything. Fortunately, Frank managed to survive until the economy eventually stabilized. But he knows very well that there are some people who weren’t quite as lucky as he was.