The attempt by Wisconsin public unions to coerce businesses into supporting them under the threat of a boycott — even to the point of saying that neutrality is not an option, and businesses that choose not to take sides will be treated as “the enemy” — has fired up my imagination.
Wouldn’t it be fun if one of the businesses were to answer the threat letter thus:
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Dear Wisconsin State Employees Union:
This letter is to acknowledge receipt of your letter demanding that we proclaim our public support in your struggle against the duly-elected government of the state, or face a boycott. It is our company policy to not take sides in political disputes as a company, instead focusing on our core functions, so we must respectfully decline your offer of a poster to display in our window and accept your threatened boycott.
In fact, we are willing to go even further. We will assist you in your boycott, as a way of supporting your legal right to do so. Effective Monday, April 4, we will be taking the following steps:
We will be posting a sign on our doors proclaiming our status as a boycott target, and asking all members of the WSEU and supporting unions to stay off our premises in accordance with your boycott.
Should we identify any members of the WSEU — or any member of a public sector union — within our premises at any time, we will remind them of their boycott, refuse them service, and ask them to leave.
We will offer a small reward to our customers who identify such members to our staff, so we can remind them of the boycott, refuse them service, and ask them to leave.
We will also notify you of any of your members or members of your supporting unions of the individual members who violate your boycott, with the full details of their time of visit.
Please notify us when your boycott has ended, so we can remove our notices and stop assisting you in making your boycott as effective.
COO, Wizbang! Stores
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Gosh, wouldn’t that be fun? How long do you think it would take for there to be talk of civil rights violations and lawsuits and whatnot — for the horrible crime of helping them achieve their goals?
I hereby dedicate this posting to union groupie/whore “jim x” (it’s unclear if he’s just a really dedicated amateur, or a well-paid professional in his support) for helping me come up with this idea. Couldn’t have done it without ya, chum.