Occupy L.A. is more hassle than boon to L.A. Mall merchants – latimes.com

Occupy LA, Day 7

With the Occupy L.A. tent community just steps from the L.A. Mall, one might expect the underground retail center to be reaping the benefits of the growing crowd.

But many merchants said it’s been more of a headache than a windfall.

Salim Virani said his dry-cleaning business has suffered from layoffs in recent months at nearby government facilities downtown, including Los Angeles City Hall. So he wasn’t thrilled to have Occupy L.A. campers come by and ask him to clean up to 30 sleeping bags, free of charge.

“They are asking for the impossible,” said Virani, who has operated Elite Cleaners in the mall for more than 20 years.

Virani said the protesters were angry at being turned down, perhaps because many businesses, including restaurants, have provided food, goods and services to the campers for free.

via Occupy L.A. is more hassle than boon to L.A. Mall merchants – latimes.com.

Strange Random Protest Quote:

“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” – Bayard Rustin (Black American civil rights Activist. 1910-1987)


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