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May 5, 2011

Savoring bin Laden's demise

Free burgers, stories and feelings served up to mark and celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden.

By David May | editor@mineralwellsindex.com

Quin Robinson decided there wasn't enough celebration of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. forces.

So he cooked up a special celebration. Literally.

Using a huge mobile barbecue pit donated by Jamie French and Arlie Ashley and enlisting his son, Anthony, as grill master, Robinson dished out free hamburgers, chips and drinks Tuesday outside his D&F Battery and Electric Inc. business on U.S. Highway 180 East.

Robinson said they cooked and served about 450 burgers.

“Osama's dead and I'm glad and everybody can have a free hamburger, chips and drink,” Robinson said. “This is a great day for America and nobody's beating the drum loud enough for me.”

But it was about more than giving away free food.

“A lot of people stopped by to tell their stories,” he said.

Robinson said a lady from Connecticut was driving by, stopped and shared a story of a loved one she lost in the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center – an attack planned and financed by the terrorist who

was shot and killed by U.S. Navy Seals inside a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was behind numerous terrorist attacks carried out against U.S. and allied interests for more than two decades through his al-Qaida network.

“I didn't think this day would ever come,” said Robinson, who attracted people to his makeshift free burger stand with a large white banner with the big, bold red letters proclaiming “OSAMA IS DEAD.”

“A lot of people stopped to talk, some decided not to eat and some did, saving their wives from doing some cooking for one night,” he said.”

“I thought people should be making a bigger deal of this, so I decided to make it a bigger deal,” he said, as cars continued to pull up Tuesday evening to share their feelings about the historic moment in U.S. history and grab some free grub.

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