Fake blues: Paid participants reportedly joined anti-Amazon demonstration

Two men told Patch.com they attended the demonstration outside an Amazon store as respondents to a Craigslist ad soliciting people to carry signs for $30 an hour

TRD NATIONAL /
Feb.February 24, 2019 01:30 PM

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company’s plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A public demonstration in New York City decrying Amazon included people who were paid to protest, Patch.com reported.

Some participants told Patch they were paid to join a crowd that gathered Feb. 15 outside an Amazon store in Manhattan to criticize Amazon for backing out of its plan to open a Queens headquarters.

Sammy Musovic, a landlord in Long Island City, led the anti-Amazon protest after borrowing to upgrade his apartment building, in the belief that the retailer would open a Queens headquarters.

Outside the Amazon store on West 34th Street, about 10 men walking beside Musovic held signs that read “Amazon Left Us!” and “Boycott Amazon!”

Two of those men, Charlie Perry and Donny Radwell, told Patch they participated in the protest as respondents to a Craigslist ad soliciting people to hold signs for $30 an hour.

Patch also obtained a video from Perry that shows a man handing cash to a group of participants in the Amazon protest.

In a telephone interview with Patch, Musovic denied paying fake protesters. A publicist for the landlord said he was unaware of the Craigslist ad and questioned its existence. Though contacted at the same phone number Perry texted to respond to the Craigslist ad, the publicist for Musovic said he did not recall the text. [Patch.com]Mike Seemuth


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: 55 East 74th Street, 9 East 82nd Street, 1 Central Park South, 78 Irving Place with Adam Neumann and 111 West 57th Street (Credit: StreetEasy, Wikipedia, Getty Images)

Adam Neumann’s triplex, Russians’ Plaza pad were priciest homes listed last week

3 East 69th Street and 252 East 57th Street 

With asking prices in freefall, luxury market sees strong week

Keller Williams CEO Gary Keller

Keller Williams will cut off agents who leave

The Real Deal interviews TF Cornerstone's Tom Elghanayan at REBNY's 124th annual banquet.

TF Cornerstone exec: How I got over Amazon dumping LIC

(Illustration by Neil Webb)

One year later, Amazon Effect still felt in LIC, citywide

Wall Street bonus season is the stuff home sellers’ dreams, as they picture eager buyers armed with hefty bonus checks and willing to pay top price. But in a buyer’s market that vision may be more like a mirage (Credit: iStock)

Here’s what Wall Street bonus season means for real estate this year

Adam Neumann and 78 Irving Place (Credit: Getty Images and StreetEasy)

Adam Neumann is asking $37M for Gramercy Park triplex

(Credit: iStock)

Residential rents continue upward march in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...