From Occupying Wall Street To "Dying For Work"?

Tyler Durden's picture

Imagine you are driving to work this morning in Las Vegas (yes, you are one of the select few locals who has a job that does not involve relying on the strip's ever declining gambling revenues or flipping a house to John Paulson in the second, and far shorter, coming of the regional housing bubble, with poppage imminent), and you observe what appears to be a man who hung himself below a billboard saying "Dying for Work."

Confused, you continue, only to drive by another billboard with what seem to be a man hanging off, this one saying "Hope you're happy Wall St."

Slowly it all clicks: the man is not real, and this is not a suicide done in protest by some depressed unemployed person, instead it is merely a mannequin, part of some grotesque attempt at a statement. Would this be considered shocking, and will the thousands of commuters who saw this feel any worse or better toward Wall Street and its denizens - America's bankers - having seen this, or will they merely continue with their lives?

What if the dummy was a real person? And is this merely a foreshadowing of things to come in a country in which class warfare has not been as violent in decades if not centuries, and in which the divide between the haves and the have nots has never been as wide?

And what happens when the next such "stunt" involves a real person - perhaps someone depressed enough to copycat what they saw on the 5 o'clock news? More importantly, what happens if a depressed jobless person takes their life but first takes out some of those he thinks are responsible for his plight - say Wall Streeters?

What happens then?

We don't know, but sadly we, as well as everyone else, may find out very soon.

What we do know is what happened today. From the AP:

Even by Las Vegas standards, it was a shocking billboard: A mannequin dangling on a hangman's noose below a black sign with the ominous words "Dying for Work."


Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says the 911 calls started coming in as the sun came up early Wednesday, with drivers worried the stiff, black-suited dummy swaying at the end of a rope along Interstate 15 near Bonanza Road was a real person.


"It's a publicity stunt, obviously done in bad taste," said Elliott, adding that officials were focused on getting it down quickly to avoid distracting drivers during the morning commute.

The graphic display along the interstate was one of at least two unauthorized signs spotted Wednesday morning in the Las Vegas area. Another found on Highland Avenue and Desert Inn Road was white with black lettering that read, "Hope You're Happy Wall St.," and a similar mannequin hanging off the edge.


A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co., which owns one of the billboards, labeled the act vandalism and said the display was being removed. She did not provide her name.


Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns another sign that was affected, said they pulled the display immediately and plan to work with law enforcement to punish whoever is responsible.


"We condemn the destructive behavior against one of our billboards because it is illegal and punishes our advertisers," Clear Channel Outdoor spokesman Jim Cullinan said in a statement. "This is not an innocent protest, but it is illegal and dangerous behavior that Clear Channel Outdoor and the industry will not accept."

Not everyone is filled with remorse over this act:

While nobody has publicly claimed responsibility for the signs, the Occupy Las Vegas group, which is affiliated with the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, posted photos of the displays on its website. Its caption says the Nevada governor's budget has slashed social programs and aid to suicidal adults.


Sebring Frehner, an Occupy supporter who posted the photos, told The Associated Press he didn't know who put the hangmen up, but applauded the message behind it.


"People saying it's in bad taste are living sheltered lives and don't pay attention to what affects the working class," he said.

Fair enough. But how does one escalate in order to truly capture the attention of those "living sheltered lives." Will the next fake person be all too real?

Or will America's "working class", having been taken over the edge in its class hatred, decide to pay Wall Street a visit, and bring some mobile guillotines with it for good measure?

And is this really America any more, or is it France circa 1789?

And who will take the place of Louis XVI?

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Bohm Squad's picture

They're hangin' the wrong dummies!

runlevel's picture

I was trying to come up with my usual witty responses (thank you) and you took the cake. fucking awesome. 

krispkritter's picture

Hangsters! Gangster, bankster...Same Shit, Different Douchebag. Hang'em and the world will be a better place. Just remember to start at the top...

nmewn's picture

It always starts at the top.

They couldn't do what they do if it were not aided, abetted and sanctioned from the top.

old naughty's picture

Are we still playing Hangman?

That game is old.

AldousHuxley's picture

let's play a new game....


hang a real bankster on wall st.




ex-congress lobbyst on Kstreet









Dubaibanker's picture

You got to read the story here....high flying job....close connections to the royal family....cocaine...prostitutes....while having a wifey and 4 kids.....Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome?......What a life!....He must be turning in this grave and thinking....'Those were the days'.....

These are the guys who run the world...and have not yet repented for their sins....

And, the London politician who thinks that NY is after London to get business back to NY by suing SCB and going after HSBC, must read this article and he should wonder if it is he who allowed these UK banks to launder money, evade sanctions and evade taxes from NY in the first place? After all, NY did not create this evidence?

boogerbently's picture

" More importantly, what happens if a depressed jobless person takes their life but first takes out some of those he thinks are responsible for his plight - say Wall Streeters?"

....or Washington bureaucrats !

GetZeeGold's picture



They're hangin' the wrong dummies!


I'll give you either Harry Reid......or the FT guy who sold the CFTC silver bogus cover story. Take your pick cause you can't have both.


merizobeach's picture

"More importantly, what happens if a depressed jobless person takes their life but first takes out some of those he thinks are responsible for his plight - say Wall Streeters?"

Um, uncork the champagne and pop the corn, bitchez!

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

More fuckheads like bloomberg screaming gun control.

FEDbuster's picture

Let's start a pool on when the "dummies" will be replaced with real banksters and politicians.

A Lunatic's picture

Never. I win, next game.

AldousHuxley's picture

bankster hanged..... himself



and Pennsylvania politician buddy dwyer


....too bad he was one of those honest ones who was framed by someone who lied under oath to get a better deal for himself and over zealous judge who was out to make an example of him.

ImGumbydmmt's picture

no chance of foul play in the banker hanging? Any high priced call girl with a rope could have pulled that stunt off.

lemonobrien's picture

that or he lost his job. a dude with two kids and a good job doesn't off himself; unless...

rambo1028's picture

I think we may have just found the job sector with real growth potential. Bet it pays well too. Wonder if I can fill out an application from my mobile? Sex, violence, and a bankster by the balls... please don't wake me ;)

rambo1028's picture

Female.... in case you were wondering

merizobeach's picture

"Any high priced call girl with a rope..."  Then let's give that girl some money!

A Nanny Moose's picture

When the Praetorians appear, the elite are doing it wrong.

Shocker's picture

The unemployment problem is much bigger than anyone is talking about.

Good Paying, well skilled jobs are going away, and we replacing them with either nothing or low paying non skilled jobs.

First part is realizing there is a problem, before we can actually fix it



sitenine's picture


Not to be a dick, but you're sort of your own poster child here.  I'm not one to dig on grammar, but "and we replacing them..." is extremely ironic within the context of your complaint.

Shocker's picture

Hahah, you are correct. ZH only gives you a short window to make changes and .......... I missed it

sitenine's picture

No worries.  I wasn't trying to knock you personally, I hope you know.  I was just making a point about the state of education at your expense.  Glad you took it well.  Cheers!

Freddie's picture

You said "....before we can fix it."   Good luck with that.  There "ain't no fix."   Hype & Chains.  RiNo Bush sucked but the islamic is exponentially worse.  Yeah yeah red and blue teams.  I got it.   The muzzie is far worse.  

Brokenarrow's picture

shut up, ass

i pray every nightthat McVeigh appears on wall st

monkeyboy's picture

Sir, the first rule of project mayhem is you do not ask questions, sir

Tarheel's picture

lets see some occupiers really hang themselves before appluading their

kliguy38's picture

You'd like that wouldn't ya Jamie? Save ya hav'n ta donate to NYPD again...

mofreedom's picture

The occupiers smell like donkey balls and if they even had to work a day in their lives they would immediately die from shock.  So find a job and die, soon.


General Decline's picture

Here ya go:

Meesohaawnee's picture

they cant. thats the problem.

scatterbrains's picture

you think the occupiers stink?  Just wait till the Bolsheviks arrive smelling like apes and smashing skulls.  A few more round of QE aught to get the ball rolling.


Mad Cow's picture

I bet they didn't taste very good either.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Tarheel said:

lets see some occupiers really hang themselves before appluading their

Awwww, getting a little nervous there, bubbie? Did those bad ol' unemployed bums with their hatespeach® make you soil your diaper?

Offthebeach's picture

Wall Street is the symptom, Washington is the disease.

( How long before us? muppets aren't allowed within 20 miles of the imperial city without proper papers and authorization? )

nmewn's picture

Washington DC is "doin just fine".

Does anyone see a problem here?


LMAOLORI's picture



"Washington DC is "doin just fine".

Does anyone see a problem here?"



Take me down to the parasite city

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

nmewn said:

Washington DC is "doin just fine".

Does anyone see a problem here?

It's not in flames?

Just a wild guess.

nmewn's picture

Maybe we need to let the British back in ;-)

As remarked on by others...DC is full of parasites. Fourteen billion in "shovel ready" stimulus was dedicated to renovation/construction of federal buildings. Of that, 5.5 billion went to the General Services Administration.

Yes, the same guys who threw lavish parties for themselves in Las Vegas. Now it is learned...gave themselves 44 million in bonuses as the private sector crumbled and people lost their houses.

"Employees at the scandal-ridden General Services Administration were enjoying even more taxpayer-funded perks than previously reported.

Along with sending themselves to lavish conferences on the U.S. taxpayers’ dime, an investigation by WUSA-TV has found they were also getting massive bonuses totaling up to $44 million in fiscal year 2011.

That total included roughly $30 million in awards that were either undisclosed or underreported – up to $79,000. And some of the workers awarded bonuses are the ones responsible for organizing an infamous 2010 convention outside Las Vegas that cost taxpayers $822,000 and featured a mind reader, bicycle giveaways, and extravagant after-hour receptions."

FreedomGuy's picture

Exactly! People hit the wrong targets. Only through the use of government power can Wall Street or anyone else oppress the larger population. Wall Street also responds the same way everyone else does, too. The Fed and the government in general have made it so playing with money and balance sheets pays well above the production of real goods and services. Want to know why so much corn is grown instead of arugula? Crop subsidies, stupid ethanol production, etc.

Government will hang us all out to dry while promising utopia.

AldousHuxley's picture

problem with US government today:


democrats = neo-liberals:     they are liberals in a sense that they wanted to liberalize the FIRE sector and roll back regulations. works for bankers like Robert Rubin and his Rubinites. (Clinton, Obama)


republicans = neo-conservatives:     they are all about empire building abroad using tax money for foreign wars instead of building the country within. (Bush family)



nobody cares about the middle class. the workers. the foundation for next generation of talent.

nobody care about the investor class either. the capital to be invested for next generation of wealth.