So the exodus begins. Rioters maybe thinking, “Good! Stick it to the man!” What they don’t think about is that might have been a friend or their neighbor’s job. Somebody they might have loved or looked up to. Something they may have enjoyed doing and it kept a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. They might have had kids. How many rioters were local to the area? How many were bussed in so they didn’t have to worry about their destruction?
It seems rioters are welcomed in Dem controlled areas
At least that’s how the owner saw it. If rioters are welcomed, he doesn’t want to be a part of it.
“They don’t care about my business,” Kris Wyrobek, owner of 7-Sigma Inc., told the local paper. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”
Wyrobek watched a business burn to the ground. “The fire engine was just sitting there, but they wouldn’t do anything.”
The damage estimates are obscene
It’s a dubious honor to be the second worst riot in American history. “The city’s first survey of property damage shows that nearly 1,000 commercial properties in Minneapolis were damaged during the riots, including 52 businesses that were completely destroyed and 30 other locations that sustained severe damage,” according to The Star Tribune. “Owners and insurance experts estimate the costs of the damage could exceed $500 million. That would make the Twin Cities riots the second-costliest civil disturbance in U.S. history, trailing only those in Los Angeles in 1992, which were also sparked by racial tensions with police and had $1.4 billion in damages in today’s dollars.”
Insurance companies aren’t going to continue to insure that. The risk is too great. So no, just because a business has insurance doesn’t mean the owner can just collect and rebuild. Wyrobek never considered moving out – til now.
Some of those rioters can drive. How many of them have had accidents? Has their vehicle insurance gone up as a result? Well, the same lesson has been lost. If a rioter has too many problems operating a motor vehicle, it becomes harder to insure them. The same thing happens with a business. If it’s operating in a high risk area, the insurance may become unaffordable.
Dems are embracing the rioters
The focus is all on appeasing the rioters. Democrats don’t understand that this temper tantrum should not continue. We’re supposed to understand them, why they do what they do. That’s all well and good that we understand them, but the behavior cannot continue. You can’t keep destroying things because you feel justified, you feel it’s deserved.
The vote to disband the police department is veto proof. Wyrobek will have zero protection against those who would tear his business down again.
A small section of your tax base is leaving, Minneapolis
That might sink in when your paycheck shrinks, Lisa Bender.
“We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police. We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender noted, “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period. Our commitment is to do what is necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth that the Minneapolis Police are not doing that. Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”
Ms. Bender doesn’t even want homeowners there
She thought people who have homes were coming from a “place of privilege” and deserved to be broken into, robbed and burned.
That’s another section of taxes that may literally go up in smoke. People who want to leave can’t. The house won’t sell with property values plummeting.
Rebuilding doesn’t make sense if this is going to happen again
Mayor Frey has announced a Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition to get input on what the community needs. But Frey said it would be “premature” to talk about how the city will help. So it’s all up to the local businesses that can afford to stay.