A Lengthy Island Metropolis landlord has been accused of paying individuals to protest towards Amazon after it canceled its New York HQ2 (AMZN)
- Earlier this month, a Lengthy Island Metropolis landlord launched a protest towards Amazon after it introduced plans to drag its HQ2 mission from Queens, New York.
- The boycott, which came about exterior an Amazon Books retailer close to Herald Sq., was supposed to incorporate fellow indignant Queens residents.
- However two protesters instructed Patch that they had been paid for the gig.
Earlier this month, a Lengthy Island Metropolis landlord launched a protest towards Amazon after the corporate introduced plans to drag its HQ2 mission from Queens, New York.
Sam Musovic, who owns residences near the place Amazon had proposed constructing its headquarters, instructed Enterprise Insider that the information about HQ2 being canceled was “devastating” and that he and a bunch of indignant Queens residents can be protesting at an Amazon Books retailer close to Herald Sq. on February 15.
This group desires to deliver again Amazon. They’re protesting exterior Amazon Books on 34th Road in Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/vqdzhfPJEQ— Maya Kaufman (@mayakauf) February 15, 2019
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Whereas Musovic was current and vocal on the occasion, evidently the group of Queens residents who joined him weren’t who the general public thought they had been.
At the least two of the protesters instructed Patch that they had been paid to be there.
“I used to be simply searching for jobs and got here throughout that gig — I believed it was advertising-related,” Donny Radwell, one of many protesters, instructed Patch. He mentioned he had discovered an advert on Craigslist that supplied $30 an hour to carry an indication.
One other protester, Charlie Perry, mentioned that the advert was deleted after the occasion however that he filmed the protesters being handed money by an unidentified man.
A spokesperson for Musovic’s rally didn’t instantly reply to Enterprise Insider’s request for remark. Each Musovic and his spokesperson denied to Patch that that they had any data of the alleged Craigslist submit and funds.
“I do not know something about that,” Musovic instructed Patch. “We had been simply attempting to get Amazon again on the desk.”
Nonetheless, in line with Patch, the phone quantity that was listed on the advert was the identical as Musovic’s PR consultant. Perry texted this quantity to reply to the advert.
When requested to touch upon this, the consultant mentioned to Patch: “My quantity was listed in all places. I did not essentially know all people who was texting me.”
Musovic beforehand instructed Enterprise Insider that he took out a mortgage of greater than $1 million from the financial institution to renovate his residences in Lengthy Island Metropolis and two eating places he owns on the Higher East Aspect earlier than Amazon’s November announcement that it might be opening a headquarters within the space. He mentioned he then shifted his focus to investing within the Lengthy Island Metropolis places, placing in new kitchens and loos, pondering he would get the cash again when extra individuals moved to the world.
Amazon had mentioned it might deliver as many as 40,000 jobs to town over a number of years with its new headquarters. Now that is not taking place. In a weblog submit on February 14, the retail big referred to as out state and native politicians and hinted that their protests had been behind its choice to kill its plans to return to New York.
“I’m not going to have the ability to recoup the advantages,” Musovic mentioned. “It is an enormous loss. We wish Amazon again.”
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