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  •  notdarkyet - I think this one is easy (4+ / 0-)
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    For people camping in shopping centers, or stand alone big box stores, they are there until the owners of the property want them to go. If it serves the interest of the property owners for them to allow camping, as a PR move, they can.
    However, if the store, or shopping center, owners wanted them removed they would just have to ask the police to let the campers know and my guess is that these campers would agreeably leave. Protesting at shopping centers during the posted store hours is a much more complex legal issue, but camping seems very straight forward. Virtually every store, or shopping center, has posted hours by which everyone must vacate the property.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 05:36:46 PM PST

    •  People stay in motor homes in our local (3+ / 0-)

      Walmart parking area all the time for days at a time.  I realize it is the private property of the store, but I find it ironic on two levels.  People probably aren't calling them dirty, trashy hippies.  They could be camping out for a good cause, the 99%, but they camp to shop.

    •  You can also add the juxtaposition of the values (2+ / 0-)
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      of the two "camps".

    •  And that illustrates the larger story (5+ / 0-)

      Merchants, police, citizens - all think it's just dandy (if kind of cute, or quirky, or silly, or an example of societal decline) to pitch a tent outside a business to be first in line for a shopping deal (or tickets to a concert/sporting event). It's great for the merchant because it can get media coverage, and the "camper" usually doesn't mind their 15 minutes of fame either.

      At the same time, citizens pitching a tent in front of city hall in hopes of getting media and community attention to major social issues is an offense against orderly conduct. They should take a bath and get a job.

      I think the diary raises a good point. Of course it's one I already had on seeing my daily paper's obligatory pre-black-Friday story on a camper in front of some big box. This within a page of the story about the eviction of my city's Occupy camp.

      The irony writes itself in large bold type.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 06:06:11 PM PST

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    •  Call the police if they camp in front of WalMart (3+ / 0-)

      Say you're afraid that they are drinking, unsanitary and potentially violent.  

      Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

      by Lefty Coaster on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 06:27:36 PM PST

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