I’m not sure how I missed this story, but it’s so stupid it’s worth covering three months later. Back in June, a vandalism trial began against one Jeff Olson. What exactly had Mr. Olson done? He’d used sidewalk chalk.
Olson will also be held liable for fines of up to $13,000 over the anti-big-bank slogans that were left using washable children’s chalk on a sidewalk outside of three San Diego, California branches of Bank of America, the massive conglomerate that received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the US government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after bad bets went south.
Now there’s some slanted coverage that still seems spot on. Anyhow, Olson was, predictably, acquitted by a jury. Ex-San Diego mayor and no doubt current gropeaholic Bob Filner even said:
“It’s washable chalk, it’s political slogans,” Filner said last week. The case is “costing us money.”
But the city attorney, and Bank of America, disagreed. Well, way to Streisand Effect the whole thing, you colossal morons. But the most ridiculous thing of all? This claim:
According to Olson, who spoke with local broadcaster KGTV, one Bank of America branch claimed it had cost $6,000 to clean up the chalk writing.
What were they using, Perrier?