Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Let Them Eat Savings

In an effort to placate angry protestors whose bids to obtain permission to protest the upcoming Republican Convention on the Great Lawn of Central Park--instead of the less pleasant and far less visible West Side Highway--have been repeatedly rejected, and no doubt nervous about the potential of a Chicago '68-style flareup, Mayor Bloomberg has come up with a remarkable solution: bribe 'em with discounts.

"Law-abiding protesters will be given buttons that bear a fetching rendition of the Statue of Liberty holding a sign that reads, "peaceful political activists." Protesters can present the buttons at places like the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Sex, the Pokémon Center store and such restaurants as Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too and Applebee's to save some cash during their stay."

""It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday."

--NY Times


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