One Capitol Hill business owner is tired of Occupy Seattle. So today he/she expressed that frustration on Twitter, while also daring Mayor Mike McGinn to do something about the protests.
We're not going to name the owner or link to any of their Tweets. Despite the fact that this person expressed their frustrations on a public Twitter feed, we're sensitive to their safety concerns.
"I'm the last person who would turn down free press/adv," he/she wrote to us in a direct message. "but this is how scary freaked we are of these people."
The owner's tirade included a lot of now familiar criticisms of the protesters--that they're smelly, unshowered hippies who smoke too much weed. But beyond the stereotypes, the owner also expressed the unique frustrations of someone trying to run a small business, while also making a valid point: If it's the undue influence of corporations in America that you're railing against, Capitol Hill isn't the ideal place to pitch a tent.
We're also not going to name the owner's store. But without giving anything away, it's somewhere near the Seattle Central Community College lawn that the local Occupy movement migrated to at the beginning of the month. (A move that the college has fought since before it even took place.)
When I reached the owner today via Twitter he/she had just finished explaining to someone else why McGinn "hates" Capitol Hill business owners.
The owner says that sales this month have been as bad if not worse than those from last January, which is typically his/her slowest. And when the owner calls long-time customers that live on the Eastside about new products in stock, he/she says the first thing they hear from them is that they'll wait until Occupy is over before they come in.
"have relied on huge eastside/north seattle/lynnwood biz for years- not coming in. Before lack of parking, now add this," he/she wrote. "add a homeless camp w/an image of violence, & Hill has another major problem, small biz wise."
As for what McGinn could do about Occupy, the owner had this to say: "if he supported SBiz(which he doesn't) he'd guide this camp to a park or let them stay at westlake where it IS corporate."