Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Helping out small business

Apparently, the Occupy Wall Street crowd in New York is really having an impact.  Unfortunately, it's impacting the small businesses around their little people's paradise and the people who are employed in them.

Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall Street in lower Manhattan, said he had to cut 21 of the 97 members of his staff on Thursday and Friday after seeing sales plummet by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests began. He's also been forced to slash the restaurant operating hours, moving up his closing time from 9 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
So a protest movement that's supposed to be sticking it to the man has taken food off the tables of 21 families, and made it likely that 78 more will be poorer by the time they're through.  

Way to go guys!  Nothing takes down capitalism like making sure that people who are hustling to keep a roof over their heads can't keep their jobs.  Hey, if you work really hard, maybe you can drive all of the small businesses in the area out and then you'll have a place to crash this winter.

Update - Looks like the folks out in Oakland are bracing for a general strike on Wednesday.  I'm sure all of the hourly employees of the small businesses that are staying closed out of concern for security and safety will enjoy being short a day's pay.  

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