The NIMBYs are at it again

This time they are in San Francisco, and their target is a proposed Starbucks.  Perhaps not surprisingly, they’re led by a local cafe owner who (ya think?) might have just a wee bit of a conflict of interest.   Hey, folks, if you don’t like a Starbucks in your neighborhood, then let it open, but don’t go there.  If nobody frequents the place it’ll close so fast it’ll make your head spin.  End of problem.

I’m reminded of the people who complain about the Wal-Mart moving into their town then, six months later, complain about the long lines at the Wal-Mart checkout.   And for some reason I’m reminded of the fans who boo as Barry Bonds comes to the plate, then cheer when he hits a home run.  It’s fashionable to oppose letting the free market operate, but, in the end, most of us vote with our pocketbooks and the market works just fine.

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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Heh. I just got my copy of the St. Helena (Napa Valley) Star, and the local Safeway wanted to have a Starbucks kiosk near the entrance. But, St. Helena has decided that there will be no chain stores (they grandfathered in Safeway, A&W, and one other place) in town, so no go…..

    Welcome to the People’s Republic of St. Helena.

  • Trimegistus

    Starbucks and Wal-Mart are officially Uncool because they’re so popular. Millions of Americans shop at them daily, therefore they are Bad Things and must be destroyed.

  • Mike Devx

    Tri, your comment was Cool! I laughed out loud for quite a while. Well said.

    Now, if only Wal-Mart would stock more things made in the USA, and if the country of origin of products were clearly labelled… things would become very interesting…