There was supposed to be a protest at Apple's monstrous architectural annex in New York's Grand Central Station today. If you weren't looking for it, you'd would've only seen the usual commuter hell. But the protestors showed up. Four of them.
Two of the protesters organized the event and a third was Mike Daisey: Monologist. (See my interview.) It's not clear who the fourth person was.
The signatures were delivered and then the protesters were told to leave. Loitering, perhaps? (It stands to reason that none of them would be caught dead spending money at an Apple store.) Creating a public disturbance? (The protesters were outnumbered at least seven -- maybe ten -- to one by the press.)
You could read the rest of the Gizmodo coverage but as with anything published by Gizmodo the writeup is several paragraphs of hyperbole and sensationalism that doesn't ever bother getting around to an actual point.
I guess it's up to me, then:
Four people. Total.
It's not hard to collect 250,000 signatures. (Pick a topic.) It's apparently much harder to get more than four people to back up that fleeting sincerity with a show of public action.
It's cold out and stuff.