"""Poli-bytes: A behind-the-scenes look at state and local politics
July 25, 2005
Students loot Lansing cafeteria while at rally
Some of the 400 or so Detroit students who attended a boisterous rally at the state Capitol for affirmative action came away with more than a civics lesson last week.
They swiped $600 worth of snacks and soft drinks from a cafeteria across the street, according to the owner.
"They just stampeded in here," said Patrick McGlinchey, who owns the State Plate cafeteria.
He said he and his staff watched helplessly as between 20 and 30 youths from the rally cleaned out entire shelves of pop, chips and candy without paying.
"We couldn't get to them; there were too many," McGlinchey said, adding that most of the students were well-behaved.
The high school and college students were bused to Lansing by the group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) to protest a proposed ballot issue that would end racial preferences, i.e. affirmative action, for university admissions and government jobs.
Some in the group attended a meeting of the state Board of Canvassers, which debated whether the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative petition drive had enough valid signatures for a spot on the 2006 ballot.
The cafeteria in the House Office Building, where the meeting took place, is operated by McGlinchey through the Michigan Commission of the Blind. He said he hopes his insurance covers his loss.
But he said he might send a bill to BAMN.
BAMN organizer Luke Massie said Friday he'd heard of the incident, and intended to call McGlinchey, but had not spoken to the students.
By Chris Christoff
Monday, July 25, 2005
I think Luke Massey of BAMN had more than he bargained for here. From the Detroit Free Press.