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Forum Post: I got bullied by Charles Koch!

Posted 6 years ago on May 13, 2012, 10:59 a.m. EST by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC
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Today is Mother's Day. Don't forget to call your mums today!


"I work in an office building where the Charles Koch Institute has its office. On Friday, April 6, a nearby sandwich shop had a food giveaway in the lobby of our building to promote its catering business. While I was in the lobby, I noticed several Koch Institute staffers hanging around waiting for a free lunch. As a political activist, this struck me as being both funny and ironic, so I snapped a photo of the guys and tweeted it with the caption "Bunch of guys from Charles Koch institute waiting for free food in my office bldg lobby. Oh the irony. #tcot #p2"

I didn't think about it after that. So far as I know, no one retweeted it. This morning, Monday April 9, I found the following below email in my work in box. Keep in mind that I never gave my name to the guys in the lobby. I chatted with them briefly about the mission of the Koch Institute, and asked if it wasn't rather socialist of them to be lining up for free food. They may have read my employer ID badge, which I usually wear around my neck, but I can't recall which way it was facing or even if I was wearing it around my neck at the moment. Also keep in mind that I tweet under the name "SatirclAlx," which is short for "Satirical Alexandria." (I am Democratic activist from Alexandria, VA.) Read my email exchange with the Koch Institute's general counsel to see the lengths these guys will go to in order to squelch dissent and ridicule."



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[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 6 years ago

Good work. Thank you for post.

[-] 1 points by BetsyRoss (-744) 6 years ago

What I find both funny and ironic is that you found any kind of similarity between an independent entrepreneur (the nearby sandwich shop) CHOOSING to give away food samples to a specific group of people for the sole purpose of promoting themselves and their capitalistic business prospects with the idea of a "socialist" government forcing all businesses to give away equal food samples to every single person in your city.


[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 6 years ago

Libertarian anti-government handout Koch employees looking for a 'free' lunch, aka a handout. Sheesh. Only someone purposely being thick in the head could miss the obvious irony.

[-] 1 points by BetsyRoss (-744) 6 years ago

But, they weren't looking for a free lunch from their government were they?

Apparently they only teach those of us with "purposely thick heads" how to distinguish between a "handout" and a "free sample".

Handout-Something given free to a needy person or organization Sample-A small amount of a food or other commodity, esp. one given to a prospective customer

If XenuLives has done personal research which indicates that the Koch Employees, along with every other employee of every other company that was present, were indeed "needy" OR that conventional wisdom indicates that "needy people and organizations" are the BEST sources for "prospective customers" then perhaps she/he could share that information so us thick heads don't end up making normal, completely logical (due to lack of information) assumptions that I did.

Just a heads up (since you both seem unaware of or confused about this) most libertarians and capitalists like "free stuff" just as much as the next person. What they don't like is the idea of anyone being forced to PROVIDE free stuff for others, or ACCEPT free stuff from others against their will by their government.

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 6 years ago

Ok, the irony plays on a stereotype and offends you. Fair enough. Duly noted. But I'm still laughing, because it is funny.

[-] 1 points by BetsyRoss (-744) 6 years ago

Kind of like OWS protestors with Macs is funny?

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 6 years ago

Whatever makes you laugh.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 6 years ago

I find it interesting that the Koch's asked for special treatment from building management because they "didn't want people to know where their offices were located." What? I can understand wealthy fat-cats expecting special treatment, but what legitimate business feels the need to hide its offices from the public-at-large?

[-] 1 points by writerconsidered123 (344) 6 years ago

is this the same koch that has a foundation that contributes to public braodcasting?

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 6 years ago

I can see that you are one feisty young lady. And Happy Mother's Day Xenu. I expect that your kids are, or will be the kind of people the world needs more of, as the apples seldom fall far from the tree.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33487) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Wow what arrogant ass-holes. I can understand them wanting to stay under the public radar. They are after all against the public. Think they have nightmares about tar and feathers and a ride on a rail out of town?

[-] 0 points by jgriff (6) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

People believe anything they read on the internet these days!!