#1 Venezuelan military seizes major retail chain11-10-2013, 06:18 PM
One person described the move as "government-sanctioned looting."
(Photo: Girish Gupta for USA TODAY)
CARACAS — Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country's equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers "fair" prices.
President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military "occupation" of the company's five stores as he continues the government's crackdown on an "economic war" it says is being waged against the country, with the help of Washington.
Members of Venezuela's National Guard, some of whom carried assault rifles, kept order at the stores as bargain hunters rushed to get inside.
"I want a Sony plasma television for the house," said Amanda Lisboa, 34, a business administrator, who had waited seven hours already outside one Caracas store. "It's going to be so cheap!"
Televisions were the most in-demand item in the line outside one Caracas store, though people waited more than eight hours for fridges, washing machines, sewing machines and other imported appliances.
Water and snacks were being sold outside the store by savvy Venezuelans keen to profit from the commotion. Happy customers weaved giant television screens and other items back to their cars through the crowds.
Images circulating online as well as reports by local media appeared to show one Daka store in the country's central city of Valencia being looted.
"I have no love for this government," said Gabriela Campo, 33, a businesswoman, hoping to take home a cut-price television and fridge. "They're doing this for nothing but political reasons, in time for December's elections."
11-10-2013, 08:43 PM
There was something of value LEFT to seize in Venezuela??? How the F did THAT happen???!!!???
11-10-2013, 09:14 PM
They will end up in the hole and closing down like many other Venezuelan businesses and the people will have nothing, no one will fill the void under these circumstances.
Venezuela is a huge welfare state made up of worthless people created by the government.
11-11-2013, 12:36 AM
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From what I've read, this company of 5 stores was their version of our Bestbuy.
The "People" basically mobbed the stores when this happened to get the stuff "Cheap", or should I say, given away.
I love the part where others where setting up small shops out front selling bottle water, food and smaller stuff to those basically robbing the place with the aid of the Gov.
This is Venezuela's way of placating the public mad over shortages, sky rocketing prices and miserable conditions. They pick a business, give away it's stuff to keep the mobs happy, then wait till the mob demands more free stuff and repeat on the next business.
Problem is, like Rock said, who wants to start a business under those circumstances? When the larger chains flee, they will simply start going after the street venders, mom and pop shops then individuals who they deem as "Rich".Rest In Peace America
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11-11-2013, 12:45 AM
Stores all close next week, all employees lose their jobs, economy further crumbles. This will certainly work out in the end, no way it could go wrong.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
11-11-2013, 03:12 AM
People criticize me for openly saying that I usually do not have liberal friends, but why would I want friends that are destroying our nation? Liberals are internal terrorists in my opinion.
11-11-2013, 10:21 AM
Maybe actions like this will get the DUmmies to move there????May the FORCE be with you!
11-11-2013, 10:30 AM
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