Looting Decimates Small Businesses in Ferguson

Kerry Picket, Breitbart, August 20, 2014

It’s not easy running a business with riots going on. In the ten days since Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, the small businesses that line the streets have suffered a major financial blow from the constant rioting, vandalism, and looting, owners said.

Looters and vandals have smashed windows of store fronts, spray painted graffiti, stolen property, and burned down businesses. Some stores re-opened with plywood plugging up their smashed windows. The words “open for business” are often spray painted on the plywood, but many customers are too afraid to even come.

One such sign for “Yolo! Boutique” says in spray-painted letters the store is “OPEN!” and instructs would-be looters the facility is “BLACK OWNED.”



“Our patients are canceling left and right because they don’t want to come on our street,” the owner of a medical facility told Breitbart News. “It’s affecting our bottom line for the past week. We’re going on the 8th day now.”

The same business owner was concerned about releasing her businesses name for fear of retribution by protesters who may burn down the facility like she says they had already done to a friend’s place of business. {snip}

“I have the best insurance but I heard rumors they may try to play the social unrest card and say that I’m not covered and say that this is a civil unrest and therefore I’m not covered,” Dyan said.



Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • MekongDelta69


    “OPEN!” is spray painted on a BOARDED-UP store.

    Yep – it sure is black owned.

    • theallseeingmaster .

      Black staffed?

      • Alucard_the_last

        I don’t know about that. They spelled ‘open’ correctly.

  • John

    I’ve been wondering all along as to who’s going to pay for all this damage and who’s going to clean it up. Since the residents themselves trashed (and still are trashing) the place, let them clean it up. My advice to any business owners that can, pack up and leave. Get as far away as possible. Blacks wonder why all the big name grocery chains don’t have more urban locations? Ferguson explains it all.

    • Andy

      Apparently all the teachers at the local high school spent an afternoon cleaning it up.

    • A Freespeechzone

      You can bet these ‘victims’ will receive economic grant money and sue the city & Darren Wilson.

      This will be a money-maker.

      • John

        Africans are immersed in a culture of violence with a history of cannibalism and human sacrifice. They won’t be satisfied unless they have a blood victim. Or some playoff games for something start, whichever comes first. Al and Jesse are already having strategy sessions about how to maximize the profitibility of this “crisis”. I hope eventually justice will prevail as it did in the Zimmerman trial and Officer Wilson is exonerated. Putting justice upfront would mean that this case is determined after a normal investigation to be the righteous shooting that it is. All you Goverment shills can pack your bags and go home. Especially you, Mr. “my people” Holder.

    • MBlanc46

      If it’s like the West Side of Chicago, it will never really be cleaned up. State or local authorities will almost certainly haul away all the refuse, but the vacant lots where businesses used to be will remain vacant lots for decades. Then the blacks will complain that businesses refuse to move into their neighborhood.

      • Irishgirl

        And then they’ll complain about “food deserts.”

        • MBlanc46


      • Georgia Boy

        It’s hard to say what will happen to the businesses long term when these stories don’t even try to put numbers to this stuff, instead of just saying “stores were looted” how many stores out of how many on the street? Ten out of a hundred is a different story from thirty out of 40. This article coming from one of the new media news sites, it has the feel of a mostly recycled news piece to get clicks, written by some intern somewhere who didn’t get out on the ground in STL. My guess is the only actual reporting work Breitbart did was two phone calls to the two business owners they quote in the article.

      • “Then the blacks will complain that businesses refuse to move into their neighborhood.”

        Because just as with assaulting police officers and then getting shot, they’re not bright enough to associate cause with effect.

        Had trouble with Disqus for several days, so hung out posting comments on Yahoo news. A lot of the posters there are fed up enough to make good AmRenners.

  • “Yolo” = You Only Live Once

    And in Bell Curve City, that’s not for very long.

    • Anglokraut

      …because the left side of the bell curve never heard the phrase “Carpe Diem”.

  • Oldcorporal

    I still recall how, during the Detroit riots of 1967, black store owners wrote the word “Soul Brother” on the front windows of their establishments. Often didn’t help them any, though, because when the National Guard came to Detroit to suppress the rioting, practically every window with that “Bruthuhood” message written on it, got a bullet through it, courtesy of a Guardsman’s rifle.
    Well, except for one, that is. This one couple was interviewed by reporters as they cleaned up their store after the riots. Clearly printed on their front window was, “Soul Brother.”
    The owners were Jewish. The man grinned at the reporter and said, “We’ve got soul too, brother!” Warmed the cockles of my heart!

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      What a coincidence. A jewish owned business is the only one not damaged.


  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    As if blacks have any problem victimizing and stealing from other blacks. What a joke.

  • John Smith

    Now any legitimate business owner will NEVER set up shop there…and many legitimate business owners will say, “I give up” and pack up.

    This city is now in a death rattle.

    Hmmm…are blacks the byproduct of a bad environment (OR) is a bad environment the byproduct of blacks?

    • John

      “Wherever you find the Negro everything is going down around him, and wherever you find the White man you see everything around him improving.” –Robert E. Lee

  • Any non-black operating a business in a black area is a fool. Hell, even a black operating a business in such an area is a fool. Rebuild? Move! Quick.

  • TruthBeTold

    In ten years they’ll be complaining they live in a food desert but never acknowledge that they were the ones that burned down the grocery store.

  • journey

    Hey, those are nice and well maintained cars. Courtesy of white tax dollars.

  • dd121

    “OPEN–White Owned”. Come on in! I’m open but reloading.

  • Ronald

    During one of the periodic “burn downs” of the South Los Angeles/Compton/Long Beach corridor, I observed “Black Owned” signs that had appeared on the fronts of businesses throughout the city of Long Beach. Apparently those signs are an effective means of causing the rioters to bypass “Black” businesses and on to loot and burn White owned businesses. If such signs were not effective they would not still be used.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    They even misspelled it for emphasis. I wonder what helpful White passerby pointed out their error.

  • Adolf Verloc

    It’s been a few years, but I used to travel through Detroit and was always impressed with how much of the city was a Dresden-like moonscape decades after the riots. Ferguson is never coming back.

  • Paleoconn

    As Steve Sailer pointed out ‘let the good times roll’ is a dangerous motto for blacks to live by. Ditto YOLO. Delayed gratification and orderly conduct is not their forte.

  • adplatt126

    “Mens”? You mean “Men’s”? Black owned… Yeah, got it. “Mens”, the black “Mensa”. One grade short.

  • Don’t rebuild . . .Ferguson is nothing more than a miniature Detroit ..

  • Hahaha, “the social unrest card” it’s the race card for Jewish insurance companies!

  • Blacks are stupid enough to think that the “insurance” they bought from a friend of a friend who lives in a run down apartment on MLK boulevard is “the best if the best”. So the claim of having the best isn’t proof one way or another.

  • Dale McNamee

    This brings to mind a scene out of “Atlas Shrugged” where Ellis Wyatt creates “Wyatt’s Torch”… He leaves this note : ” I’m leaving it as I found it. Take over it’s yours”.

    The same note should be left at the vandalized,burned out businesses…

  • would not serve them or even let them in his place

    Amazing he didn’t get a million ‘civil rights’ lawsuits, plus government intervention.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m really hoping that not one business reopens. Let the rioting simians walk/take the bus/steal cars from their neighbors and drive/walk 10 miles to the nearest supermarket.

  • LaQa’ta’sh’a’s connection at Flybynite Insurance and Nail Emporium

    There is at least one open strip mall on the FerGaza Strip where there is a nail salon/shop next to a one month at a time car insurance joint.

  • Nancy

    I’ve owned pets who have the common sense not to sh** where they eat, yet it never occurs to these people? My iguana is cleaner than the average Liberian.

    • Doing that into the ocean in such huge quantities makes the shellfish completely inedible and a lot of the bony fish extremely unsafe. Then they turn around and eat “bush meat” and catch Ebola.

  • anna

    Yes. It happened recently in Portland, Oregon. Black residents protested because a Trader Joe’s was looking at a vacant space in “their ‘hood” and they said it would attract too many white people! It’s the same people that whine about “food deserts”!

  • Beautiful post and response, thanks. And may your Friday be a stress free and enjoyable one! For some reason I got the impression you were taking the owners claim at face value in the original post, should have known better!

  • Who cares? Business insurance rates there will skyrocket, businesses will take their payments and relocate, and Ferguson will be an economic ghost-town even more worthless than it already is.

    We will then later be treated to histrionics about how there aren’t any jobs there, there’re no grocery stores – making it a “food desert”, all the property-tax-paying white families have fled the school district (taking their kids – who are currently expected to work as unpaid teachers’ aids – with them), and how the instantly-unemployed blacks there are all losing their trash-heap homes to foreclosure. We’ve seen this one before, but sure as the sun rises in the east, the mainstream media will pretend that these developments are some sort of tragic crisis.

    • Ferguson-Florissant School District is already 78% black, and trending up.

    • Laura Dilworth

      don’t worry, uncle sam will rescue ferguson. he will subsidize businesses…

  • If race is just a social construct, there can be no such thing as “racism”. The differences between poodles and dachshunds thus instantly vanishes. Magic!

    Or perhaps I have accidentally admitted that I am guilty of dog-ism.

  • MoMo

    Why is it always the whites who have to leave? In five years Ferguson will be a Ghetto. The whites will leave and with them so goes the tax base. In my view if there is no difference between an African – American and a (white) European – American then how would you explain the fundamental differences in I.Q. between African-Americans and whites; and, the fact that at least ninety percent of the University’s football team and 99% of the University’s basketball team is African – American – 99% of whom would have never set foot on the University’s campus for which they represent if the same admission requirements applied to them equally.

    What is so obvious that it should be self evident to any and all is that an African – American could compete there would never be need for affirmative action! Is it fundamentally fair (winning football games aside) that a University which is 90% white has a sports team that is 90% African – Americans.

    There is a certain percentage of African – Americans who are bright, who do work hard, who are family oriented, and who do deserve the success that they have achieved. I enjoy gifted black athletes, gifted musicians, and gifted actors but this group of individuals is extremely small. Aside from this does any African – American stand out as being particularly note worthy. For ever Ben Carson there is a hundred thousand African – Americans on the government’s dole.

    A logical evaluation of any race is whether or not it contributes more than it cost.
    The black race is a drain on every economy in which it participates. In my view, something is fundamentally wrong with a society that tolerates a man who fathers children regarding his total obligation as one of “bringing a bag of pampers over once a month.” This country is eighteen trillion dollars in debt – ever wonder how big the debt would be without the African – Americans and Hispanic – Americans?