Occupy Best Buy

I couldn’t help but note the irony of the above photo from yesterday’s New York Times. It shows tents erected by shoppers outside a Best Buy store. They want first crack at the incredibly inexpensive but in short supply electronics goods that were to go on sale in the early morning hours today.

The irony I see is that if you set up a tent outside a Best Buy, the mainstream media celebrates you as the hardy descendent of the pioneers who first settled this country, enduring physical hardship to get the best possible buy. But if you erect a tent on a public park in protest of the transference of wealth from the middle class to those who already possess great fortunes, you are portrayed by the mainstream media as a societal parasite who mustn’t want to work in the first place. It all depends on where you pitch your tent.

8 Responses to Occupy Best Buy

  1. Bob Forrant says:

    Anyone as annoyed as me with the Target ads of the loud, crazy woman exercising so she can shop harder?

    So, we get pepper spray at a big box store in California and the news is referring to the event as ‘competitive shopping’. It is criminal behavior actually, aided and abetted by the jerks on the TV news who show up to cover this crap but can not spare a minute to cover a story on our increasing poverty and the fact that foreclosures are on the rise again. Yup – bah humbug.

    We are doomed!

  2. Publius says:

    Is the pitching of the tent in front of Best Buy any different from the Dollar Day and Running of the Brides at Filene’s basement? It is just done differently today.

    Since the only place to pitch a tent at Filene’s was the public sidewalk I suspect the cops would have thrown you out(as they should in Dewy square) while the sidewalks at Best Buy at a mall may be considered private property.

  3. Righty Bulger says:

    While not a fan of Black Friday and the insanity it brings, your analogy is a bit of a stretch Dick. Let’s forget for a moment the public vs. private property aspect of the discussion. The shoppers are there one day, maybe two tops and did nothing to destroy the property. Your beloved occupiers were there months and left behind a mess.

    Tell you what, if they’re so virtuous, why don’t all you sympathizers living on highly traveled roads offer them visible tent space on your lawn. Let’s see how sympathetic you remain to the “cause” a week later.

  4. Christopher says:

    Righty and others, you are only led to believe or assume that there is property destruction, and while even the lowest impact will leave its mark, the truth is these Occupiers are organizing themselves to clean and maintain the grounds on which they are camped. Also inviting them on to our own lawns makes no sense. They are not protesting us. They are protesting big finance and the public policies that prop them up. As such they SHOULD be on PUBLIC property. Of course I’ve also heard that Zucotti Park is technically private and its owner did NOT call the police to ask the protesters be removed. In any event, the Occupiers have it right on what is wrong regardless of where they park themselves.

  5. Righty Bulger says:

    Really? So my eyes deceived me when they saw the pig sty they turned Boston into? You’re either lying or woefully ignorant of what they are doing to that property.

    As for why I told you to invite them onto your lawns. If the intent is to garner attention to the cause, then a visible intersection in a highly traveled residential neighborhood should do the trick. And if they’re as clean as you’d like us to believe, there’d be no harm to your property. Let’s see some of their liberal suporters put their money where their mouths are. Let’s start with Michael Moore’s lawn. They’d fit right in with that unkempt pig.

  6. Christopher says:

    I don’t know what you saw, but I do know what I have seen, read, and heard, so yes I stand by my comments that at least in some cities the Occupiers are consciencious of their impact on the grounds. In Boston I know there have been signs put up by the Occupiers asking that others stay off the plantings etc. There are a lot of people so certainly no guarantees that everyone heeds these requests, but calling me a liar or ignorant does nothing to advance the dialogue.