Thursday, September 1, 2016

Favorite payment demand?

I confess I love a Choco Taco.
credit: Wikipedia
Now this one was a new one on me. From the Reno Gazette-Journal in 2015*: 
Choco Tacos, M&Ms, licorice and Chobani Greek Yogurt are just a few of the food items officials for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are demanding Burning Man organizers provide them at this year's festival, according to documents obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal. 
Those demands by the BLM, unprecedented in Burning Man's history, have turned into a point of contention as organizers negotiate with the agency for their annual permit to stage the event in the Black Rock Desert this summer. 
Burning Man officials have pushed back against the BLM, saying the demands are excessive and that they cannot meet all of them...
I've never quite been in a situation where I could name my price, and I'm really not much of a negotiator. But I do admire folks who know then they have the upper hand in a negotiation, and can demand things that can make their heart happy, like Choco Tacos.

*courtesy of a longer article about the history of Choco Tacos


  1. Clearly, you are not a rapper...

  2. To be fair, Choco Tacos are amazing.

  3. How is this not corruption? It's not like this has anything to do with compensating the taxpayers, who actually own the land in question.

    1. Legalized bribery, sounds like, yes. Interesting, when did public servants get such an attitude?

    2. Corruption is a bit strong. Sounds like workers from BLM have to be out there during the event. The demands might be excessive, but I don't think this rises to corruption.

    3. Not full-on bribery (yet) but closer to taking front row seats and backstage passes for allowing concert on public land. Note that these officials are civil servants, not the property owners.

      Creeping Latin American-style grifting standards from the US government. I wonder why?

    4. There are plenty of other places on the internet to talk politics.

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