#Ferguson Business Owner Tells Protesters: “Get the Hell Out of Here!” – Refuses Flyers
Businesses on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri are boarded up.
SOLO Insurance was one of over 100 local businesses that were vandalized and-or looted during the Ferguson rioting in August. The protests and rioting have cost local taxpayers over $5.7 million so far.
One local business owner whose office was vandalized told Ferguson protesters to, “Get the hell out of here!” after they asked to leave literature in his business.
Along West Florissant Avenue, the ground zero of violent protests, businesses put back the plywood boards they had taken down from their windows and doors. Business owners were tired of answering questions about how they had fared through the weeks and weeks of tension.
“How do you think we are doing?” asked Dan McMullen, owner of Solo Insurance Services on West Florissant.
“I just want to get this over with and move on,” he said, sitting at his desk behind the boarded-up entrance to his strip mall office.
He said some protesters came in wanting to leave flyers with information in his office.
“I told them to get the hell out. You broke my windows and now you want me to put out your literature?”
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told local media this month that he expected demonstrations across the region and warned authorities to “prepare for the worst.”
For some reason the national media has mostly ignored the plight of local business owners during these devastating riots.