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Georgia's latest pitch to Amazon: 'Alexa, does Scrooge love Atlanta?'

Apparently, Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Atlanta. And he's no fan of the city's bid for Amazon's second headquarters.

Scrooge gives his best "bah humbug" to our capital city in a video released over the weekend by Georgia's economic development arm. In it, he maligns Atlanta's most sacred treasures and gives wayward Beltline wanderers the ninth degree - before a Dickensian turnaround.

"Nothing would be worse than Amazon coming here," Scrooge growls. "Why move to a city this terrible?"

Of the Georgia Aquarium: "Look at this overgrown fish tank they call an aquarium."

Of Ponce City Market: "They even took a perfectly good abandoned building and turned it into a vibrant community."

Of Coca-Cola: "A barely sippable drink."

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the video is Georgia's latest bid to catch attention from Amazon as it seeks a home for its $5 billion second headquarters. It's a full-court press that has swept up Gov. Nathan Deal, outgoing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and his successor, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

You can watch the video below. But spoiler alert: Scrooge has a Christmas Carol-like awakening at the end that has him kissing puppies, frolicking on the Beltline and, yes, handing out Amazon packages and visiting pets looking for a home at the Atlanta Humane Society.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.