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New York can be a tough city, but if there's one thing I've learned living here it's this: New Yorkers protect their own. That's why I wasn't surprised to see the residents of my fair city rallying in defense of a bodega cat who was recently dissed by a cranky Yelp reviewer.

If you're unfamiliar, bodega cats are a subspecies of adorable kitties that occupy corner delis all around New York City. They're mostly there to keep rats and mice out, but they're also usually pretty friendly and down to keep you company while you're drunkenly shopping for Oreos at 3 a.m. New Yorkers love bodega cats so much that they have their own Instagram account. Look at them! They're so cute!

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It appears, though, that there's one among us who doesn't share our city's love of bodega cats. A woman by the name of Diana D. recently gave a deli in the East Village a 1-star review because she wasn't happy to find that their resident kitty, Star, was sitting on some cases of beer.

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“I’ve ordered from SK before and the sandwiches are pretty good,” she wrote. “Today, however, I decided to stop in and grab a sandwich. To my dismay — there was a cat, perched upon some cases of Budweiser in the middle of the store!! Besides being allergic to cats, I wonder what the health code says about this?”

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After reading Diana's complaint, residents were quick to flood the deli's Yelp page with 5-star reviews. Most pointed out that Star was there to keep rats (and subsequently their poop) out of the store. This kitty's got an important job!

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One reviewer by the name of Robert B. even had a little pep talk for Star. He wrote, "The best places have the coolest cats. Don't listen to the haters. You've taken your throne atop those cases, don't let Diana knock you down from there."

The story got so big, it was even covered by local news outlets.

I love New York. Long live bodega cats!