On my drive home this week from the office, I noticed two Trump pop-ups on Irvine Blvd in Tustin; they are selling Trump flags, shirts and #MAGA hats. As my business is based in Tustin and I pay a business license fee to operate, I made a couple of calls.
- There’s a state law that allows for pop up stores of this type. And they did try and apply for a business license, but that part of city operations is shut down temporarily due to COVID19.
- As long as they are not blocking the sidewalk, these stores are treated like a picket line or a protest. The police won’t shut them down unless the stories or traffic creates obstacles. This also doesn’t prevent a Biden store from opening right next to them or for those who don’t like the president to protest next to the pop-ups.
- The people selling the Trump gear don’t necessarily support the president; it’s a job at a time when the President’s response to COVID19 has cost 40 million Americans jobs and with the economy at an 11% unemployment rate. Don’t hassle the workers; if you must, hassle any customers. And in three days of drive-bys, I saw only one person looking at the merchandise. And no one at the booth was wearing a mask. Mask It or Casket, I say.
- Tustin Mayor Pro-Tem Letitia Clark is working on a plan to keep pop ups like this away from busy intersections where traffic might get snarled. She’s also concerned about the possibility of some physical altercation between Democrats and Republicans over this. If you’re at one of these sites and you feel things are getting out of hand, call the police and start recording.
I stopped to snap some shots and was pleased to see two women holding up homemade Biden signs. And there were about 25 yards away from the pop up and getting lots of honks from the traffic making its way East on Irvine Blvd. Well done ladies.
So, if you see a pop up in your community you can call the police if they are blocking the sidewalk or creating a traffic hazard. If near a shopping area, alert the property manager so they can prevent parking in their commercial area so customers can buy their MAGA crap.
Or, contact the Biden campaign about opening your own Biden pop up and follow the same rules.