A lot of people are ticked about the U.S. economy.
There’s the torpid pace of job growth, the plummeting markets and the partisan gridlock that Standard and Poor’s cited in downgrading the nation’s debt last week.
But at whom do you lash out? Where do you vent? Is there a feasible way to convey your angst to the myriad players responsible for landing the U.S. in this financial morass?
Lucy Nobbe apparently thinks so.
The Kirkwood, Missouri, securities executive and single mother rented a plane to fly over Wall Street towing a banner that read, “Thanks for the downgrade. You should all be fired.”
Nobbe originally wanted to fly the sign over Washington, she told CNN affiliate KSDK-TV in St. Louis, but there’s a no-fly zone over the nation’s capital.
She instead came up with what Justin Jaye of flysigns.com called an “excellent Plan B, for sure: Hit Wall Street and then downtown New York, the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor.”
American Banker magazine tweeted shortly after lunchtime Tuesday that the plane “just buzzed past the S&P office in Lower Manhattan.”
Because she works in the securities business, Nobbe understands well the repercussions of being downgraded, she said. The S&P move made her angry. The idea to speak up came to her in her sleep.
“I was at a party Saturday night and I was ranting and raving about the downgrade, woke up in the middle of the night, saying I’m going to hire an airplane,” she told KSDK.
She said it seemed like a not-so-costly way to have her message broadcast. Several media outlets reported Nobbe paid $1,200 for the two-hour aerial admonition, but Nobbe told KSDK that flysigns.com was so impressed by her moxie that she got a discount on the $900 fee for the service.
“It feels pretty good just because a lot of times I think those things, but I don’t do it, and this time I actually did it,” Nobbe said.
Her daughter is glad her mother took a stand, according to the TV station.
“She’s very different from other moms, and I’m really proud of her because she does stand up for what she really wants,” Holly Nobbe, 11, told KSDK. “I’m really glad to have a mom like that.”
Lucy Nobbe joins a colorful cast of folks who recently have gone to unorthodox measures to let the government know their thoughts on its perceived missteps. A couple of classics come to mind.
Remember Sharon Keeter of Raleigh, North Carolina, who paid a $350 fine in pennies, nickels and dimes to protest what she thought was a ludicrous penalty for failing to mow the lawn at a home she owned? Police were summoned, but Keeter stood her ground and made city officials count the coins. It took two hours.
Or how about when the Incredible Hulk, Superman, Darth Vader and other “Superfriends” converged on City Hall to demonstrate against Los Angeles banning costumed characters on Hollywood streets?