A big thank you to all the people who came out to support the BOYCOTT 7-ELEVEN RALLY this afternoon. We distributed several hundred fliers to neighbors asking them to boycott 7-Eleven because:
7-Eleven is a Corporate Invader
There are three bodegas within a block’s distance of the new 7-Eleven, a fourth bodega one avenue to the east and a fifth bodega one avenue to the west. There are 17 bodegas in our 10003 zip code and 25 bodegas in the neighboring 10009 zip code. There is no need for 7-Eleven here despite their claims we are “under-served.”
7-Eleven is a Human Trafficker
This summer the Federal authorities seized 14 7-Eleven convenience stores on the East Coast and five houses in New York worth more than $1.3 million, making the case the largest criminal immigration forfeiture in Department of Homeland Security history, according to federal and state officials.
The eight men and one woman charged in the scheme ran 7-Elevens in New York and Virginia, according to two indictments unsealed on Monday.
“These defendants ruthlessly exploited their immigrant employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses, in effect creating a modern day plantation system,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement released with Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration as well as state and local police.
More than 50 illegal immigrants were overworked and cheated out of their wages, the authorities said. Because they were illegally in the country, the victims may have been afraid to report possible wrongdoing, they added. Reuters.
7-Eleven is Small Business Owner’s Worst Nightmare
7-Eleven micro-manages franchisees to death, which makes their claims of ignorance to the human trafficking scandal hard to believe. 7-Eleven will raid the franchisee’s stores if they don’t like the merchandise. 7-Eleven is being sued by their franchisees who claim the deal is an employment scam and they’re really buying are low-paying jobs with no equity, no benefits, no overtime and a dishonest, abusive boss. Did we mention the average start-up cost for a 7-Eleven franchise is $30,800 – $1,500,000.
7-Eleven is a Above The Law
Despite SEVERAL Partial Stop-Work Orders issued by the NYC DOB, 7-Eleven brazenly continued on with the construction of their East Village location.
7-Eleven is a Bad Neighbor
During the construction of the new 7-Eleven in the East Village apartments were broken into, structural walls were cracked and AC units were installed 14 inches from residents windows, racking up the previously mentioned Stop Work Orders. At one point the construction site fell into such a state of disrepair it was called a “neighborhood disgrace.” It’s also worth noting that during Superstorm Sandy, ALL downtown 7-Elevens remained closed while local businesses attempted to stay open and help their neighbors.
7-Eleven is a Crime Magnet
A quick Google News search demonstrates 7-Eleven is synonymous with crime. Recently one location was robbed THREE TIMES IN TWO DAYS. WTF?! Do we need this?
These are not our values! PLEASE don’t support this awful chain. Boycott ALL New York City 7-Elevens!