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Sign of the Times

November 12, 2010

We all know about the ubiquitous inflatable rats that unions use to target businesses around town they are pissed off at.

It also turns out that at least in New Jersey, those puppies have constitutional protection.

Maybe so, but apparently the big rat is being displaced by the pest of the moment, the bedbug. Asylum New York points out:

A 12-foot-tall bedbug (shudder, left) is currently outside of the Affinia Hotel in midtown Manhattan. A group of pissed-off painters deployed the inflatable insect to tsk-tsk Affinia and Capital Builders for not paying them union wages.

To help get their point across, they’re also handing out fliers emblazoned with this headline: “Notice to the Public: Affinia Hotel — Infested with Bedbugs.”

That’s just a wee bit misleading, so they clarified by adding that the bedbugs were merely “sucking the financial blood from its workers,” not actually feeding off the flesh of hotel guests. So, you know, if you’re staying at Affinia Hotel this week, no need to burn your clothes when you return home.

Is nothing sacred?  Hopefully the good old reliable rat is still in rotation and this bedbug fad goes by the wayside soon.  Although the thing is pretty cool looking.  But somewhere Michael Jackson is shedding a tear.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 10:22 pm

    Forget the rat and the bedbug, that should make a giant inflatable balloon of this woman’s head if they want to scare people:

  2. Kelly permalink
    November 13, 2010 7:01 pm

    I can totally see that bedbug’s junk.

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