Busy Parking Lot Stymies Protest at Brentwood Square

A group planned a protest in front of Whole Foods on Saturday, but first had to find parking.

Some protesters showed up at on Saturday, planning to make a statment, but first they had to find parking which wasn't easy.

"We checked it out a couple weeks ago and it looked like it would be OK," Sandy Griffin, one of the protesters said.

On Saturday, it was packed.

The group of about half a dozen arrived in cars and small pickup trucks with handmade signs, stating that Whole Foods sells GMO food. GMO stands for genetically modified organism.

Some found parking, but others circled the lot, and soon a patrol car caught up to them.

The officer told them signs had to be off the cars, and they could carry them on the sidewalk if they wanted.

After a brief conversation the protesters removed the signs.

Mr. Completely August 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I'm not sure about the police telling the protesters that they can't have signs on their cars. Can someone please quote the law or "ordinance" that backs up this statement by Brentwood Police to the protestors.
just me August 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The issue is; the parking lot is privately owned property. Protesters must stay on the publicly owned sidewalks and they can't park, nor drive on the sidewalk.
Randall Mays August 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
C'mon bonehead Completely...Let's go ahead and set up a demonstration on your private property. Right on your front yard. You know, "free speach" and all. Oh yeah, we'll bring the signs too. You just stay inside and watch the freedom. Idiot.
Mr. Completely August 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Oh excuse me Randall, public parking?? If I have a sign on my car that says I'm a plumber, dog walker, idiot running for mayor I can't drive through a PUBLIC parking lot? Please tell me more.....
Randall Mays August 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Get a clue Completely knucklehead. It is NOT PUBLIC parking on PUBLIC property... it is PATRON parking on PRIVATE property. Ever heard of trespassing? Yes, they can throw you off for any reason...it's THEIR property. They can refuse service, it's THEIR pproperty. In THIS case, the owner of the shopping center. You DO NOT have the same rights on PRIVATE PROPERTY, period. BOnehead!
sprintmudder August 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
YES it is a private occupancy parking space. No, police cannot tell people in public arenas what posts they can or cannot have showing on their cars. Think of it this way; you have a fender-bender on a busy lot. The police do not make a report, because it is private property.
sprintmudder August 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
BTW, kudos to the BPD. They are the most professional dept i have experienced. You can't fault the police on citizen's misunderstanding of legal property rights.
Doug Miner August 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Randall Mays - I'm sure you can express your opinions without name-calling. Thanks
Mr. Completely August 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Hey Randall, you are a real pleasure to debate. Ever heard of anger management??? Come on, put on your big boy pants and try to make a point without name calling. This isn't 3rd grade.
just me August 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Now that was a truly adult response. NOT!!
Andy Moeckel August 20, 2012 at 02:53 AM
So, what GMO products does Whole Foods sell?
Doug Miner August 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I'll look into the GMO issue, and the signs in the parking lot issue. Thanks for the comments.


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