The owners of Snappy Snaps, the photo shop where George Michael once crashed his car are asking fans not to turn the place into a shrine for the late singer.
In the weeks following the legend’s death, dozens of fans wrote and stuck messages to the walls of the small store in Hampstead, North London.
In 2010, a drugged up Michael crashed his car into Snappy Snaps. Now, flowers and messages are left daily for him there and the workers have to remove them every morning.
Last week, the owners put a sign outside the store begging the fans to stop leaving their tributes there.
According to one local, “The owners think it’s bad for business.”
“But everyone else around here thinks it’s quite humorous and makes the shop a bit of a tourist attraction. I guess they don’t want to be forever associated with George Michael’s arrest, however.”
One note quoted lyrics from his hit song Careless Whisper, reading: “I’m never gonna dance again the way I danced with you.”
In July of 2010, the singer, who was under the influence of drugs at the time, drove his Range Rover into the photographic store.
He was sentenced to stay in prison for two months after he plead guilty to the accusations of driving under the influence.
The legend was taken to HMP Pentonville in London, where former inmates included Oscar Wilde and Boy George. Later on, Michael apologized to the store manager, John while live on the Capital FM.
“I’m genuinely and sincerely sorry for smashing into your shop,” said Michael at the time during his phone conversation with the radio host.
John responded jokingly: “That’s no problem. It would be nice if you could come through the front door one day soon.”
When he was asked whether or not the business was flourishing after the crash, John explained: “We have a lot of people outside taking pictures.”