Local Man With Truck Gets In On The Action on Food Truck Friday

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TUPELO – Tupelo resident Chip Holmes claims there’s no reason that he and his ‘86 Ford F150 pickup should be excluded from participating in Food Truck Friday.

“I don’t know why more people ain’t doing this. Shoot, I got a truck, I got a generator, and I got a George Foreman. What else do I need?”

Tupelo City Council member David Nichols says that there is one thing Holmes doesn’t have that he needs: a permit.

Holmes is of a different opinion.

“I used to sell grilled cheeses in the parking lot at Phish shows from this very truck. That’s how I paid for the entire ‘94 Fall Tour. I didn’t need a permit then, so why do I need one now? If it was good enough for the hippies, it’s good enough for Tupelo! Roll Tide!”

When asked what made him decide on this career path, Holmes claims it was out of necessity.

“My job don’t pay much. Every morning and evening, I set up a table at the Cooper Tire employee entrance and sell dreamcatchers. Unfortunately the dreamcatcher industry is in decline. I saw how well those food trucks do, so I decided to get in on the action.”

The other food truck owners in Tupelo were asked their opinion on Holmes’ s attempt at food vending.

“Our business hasn’t suffered a bit,” replied one food truck owner. “No one wants to buy a panini from a truck with 400 styrofoam cups on the dashboard, floorboards made of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish wrappers, and truck nuts owned by a guy with black under his nails who looks like he might also sell dreamcatchers on the side of the road for a living. He even put up a homemade health inspection certificate — a sheet of notebook paper with an ‘A’ in Sharpie — in his rear window right next to the decal of Calvin peeing on a Chevy logo. We’re all good.”

Holmes has no intention of stopping his operation. He is currently running a special: Buy two bologna paninis, and get a dreamcatcher for half price.

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Zach Bragg is a Tupelo-based comedian and satirist whose inability to requite his lofty goals with adequate follow-through makes him wonder why he ever agreed to do this in the first place. His experience in journalism includes writing current event summaries for social studies class in middle and high school, as well as reading some Hunter S. Thompson. Originally from Hattiesburg, he moved to Tupelo in 2005 and has called it home ever since, like your classic poser. He achieved modest regional success as the creator of the Tupelo Tourism video series, but has managed not to get a big head about it. Bragg can also be seen every other month as the host of Bees, Dude! (A Comedy Show) at Queen’s Reward Meadery in Tupelo. Zach lives just outside of Tupelo with his wife, kids, and the ceaseless anxiety about things he did and said in middle school.

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