That’s the headline of an editorial in the Orange County Register about Trader Joe’s decision not to build a store in a depressed neighborhood outside Portland, Ore. Apparently, an activist group opposed the popular food store’s presence because, in the group’s words, it would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood to nonoppressed populations.” The group demanded that Trader Joe’s allow the community a measure of control over its business decisions as a condition of being allowed to build its store. Trader Joe’s refused.
Here’s how the Orange County Register put the issue:
[The group] wanted to extract tribute from the developers and businesses in order to further advance its social and political agenda. It is almost like a scene from Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” where the unproductive members of society increasingly feed off of the productive members until the producers decide they have had enough. And, just as in the novel, Trader Joe’s shrugged.
You can read the editorial here.