by Andrew Samtoy
So here’s the deal:
First, Flash Mobs were, like, dances and songs and feel-good things that people put up on YouTube to try to show how awesome they were.
Then, a bunch of punk kids took over the idea and decided to turn them into mindlessly destructive riots.
A few of us were sitting around talking about this, and about how to help businesses in our rough economy. We were thinking about how businesses could be ruined just by kids running in and stealing stuff. What if responsible, law-supporting citizens decided to go into these businesses – or, really, local businesses in general – and spent their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus? Imagine if 100 people showed up at a farmer’s market, say, or an Etsy show, and each spent $20. That would be $2,000 into the local economy for stuff that we need (or want) anyways. We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, and we’d get a drink to celebrate afterward.
Then a guy named Marty suggested that we called it Cash Mobs.
There was no turning back.
First, please follow us on Twitter @Cashmobs. You can also email us at email@example.com, or you can bookmark http://cashmobs.wordpress.com . We will soon put up rules and, in the future, pictures of CashMobs that happen and perhaps even videos with business owners that we hit with our cash. Stay tuned.