People are protesting Subway opening with poop emoji

Subway is definitely not a welcome guest.

 

Mike Wehner

Tech

Published Apr 15, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 1:49 am CDT

There are many ways to protest something you don’t like, but covering a building in poop is probably one of the most dramatic. Washington, D.C., residents opposed to the opening of a new Subway sandwich shop decided to do just that, with a little help from a projector and a couple dozen adorable, grinning poop emoji.

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According to popular D.C. blog PoPville, a Subway has been slated to take over the former site of a local discount store for several months now, but not everyone is happy about it. The building, which was painted with a long-worn mural, a bit of graffiti and plastered with various flyers until recently, has been vacant for some time. 

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Now that the restaurant is creeping closer to its eventually opening, some would rather see it remain unoccupied than let Subway open for business, and are protesting in a particularly unusual way. The group opposed to the new business apparently wasn’t satisfied with traditional means of voicing discontent so they decided to use a projector to digitally paint the building with poop emoji and Subway logos.

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It’s unclear exactly what issue the protesters have with Subway itself, other than the fact that they simply don’t like the chain. PoPville readers—presumably local D.C. residents themselves—are locked in a debate over whether the new eatery should be welcomed.

Those who support the protest claim the spot will be heavily loitered and insist that a chain restaurant doesn’t benefit residents, while those on the other side of the argument note that the long-vacant building wasn’t exactly contributing to anyone’s quality of life to begin with. 

H/T PoPville | Image via PoPville

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*First Published: Apr 15, 2015, 5:49 pm CDT