From the start of the riots, we’ve heard from hundreds of simpletons who have all parroted some version of this sentiment: You can rebuild businesses, but you can’t bring people back to life. In other words, it’s not really a big deal that rioters are burning small businesses to the ground. They’re covered by insurance, they’ll be fine. No real harm done, especially when you put it up against the lives of people like George Floyd (as if we have to choose between one or the other).
Well, it looks like those idiots were right: Minneapolis businesses destroyed by the rioters will rebuild. They just might not choose to rebuild in Minneapolis.
From The Daily Caller:
The owner of a manufacturing company based in Minneapolis has decided to move his factory after law enforcement was unable to protect the plant from burning during riots.
The plant shut down early in anticipation of the second night of riots and to ensure the safety of employees, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. President and Owner of 7-Sigma Inc. Kris Wyrobek said a production supervisor and maintenance worker who live near the plant kept watch over the business and reported a fire at an apartment complex next door.
“They don’t care about my business. They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own,” Wyrobek told the Tribune. “The fire engine was just sitting there, but they wouldn’t do anything. That’s the frustrating thing to us.”
Heh. We don’t recall any of the protesters considering this possibility. The possibility that their out-of-control chaos would not only destroy physical businesses, but also convince the owners of said businesses to find somewhere else to ply their trade. Somewhere where the local government actually steps in and does something instead of letting the city burn. Somewhere where, when the people have a grievance, they handle it maturely and not with all of the self-control of a Tasmanian devil.
So what happens to the great city of Minneapolis when other businesses decide to follow in 7-Sigma’s footsteps? We realize the city council is already planning to disband the police department, so that’ll take THAT off the financial books, but how do you run a city when you’re left with nothing but layabouts and gang members? Who is going to fund city services?
Oh right, the federal government is supposed to step in and pour millions of dollars into the city’s coffers. We forgot.