Downtown Neimans Now a Little Less Festive After Protestors Throw Fake Blood on Windows
|Photos by Leslie Minora|
Ginger Reeder, veep of corporate communications for Neimans, reminds us today: Every Friday after Thanksgiving, animal-rights activists pay a visit to Neimans locations across the country. This year was no different, except this time, in downtown Dallas, they were joined by members of OccupyNOW, who posted to their Facebook page this morning the heads-up that they were celebrating "National Buy Nothing Day with Animal Connections of Texas [by protesting] at Neiman Marcus for Fur Free Friday on behalf of the 5th grievance of OWS."
Update at 1:35 p.m.: DPD spokesman Sherri Jeffrey confirms that "two people were arrested for criminal mischief," but that police "can't confirm their affiliation with anything." Sgt. Steve Toth told Leslie that the incident occurred at around 11 this morning, and that animal-rights protestors have disavowed their association with the act of vandalism; they told the officer that "this was probably done in a moment of desperation" by the Occupiers who'd hitched a ride.
Update: According to the police report, the two men involved -- 21-year-old named Matthew Markovitch and 19-year-old Zechariah Thomas Vasquez -- did around $3,000 worth of damage.