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'Green' activists try to take over Apple store in San Francisco

April 25, 2012 |  7:28 am

Greenpeace at Apple
Environmental activists in San Francisco are trying to get technology giants -- many based in California -- to switch to renewable energy sources for powering the electricity-hungry information cloud.

The latest example took place Tuesday when a squad of fresh-faced activists dressed as a black-clad cleanup crew tried to take over Apple's flagship store on Union Square.

The store takeover, carried out in sync with actions in New York and Toronto, was part of a global Greenpeace campaign.

On Tuesday, the Greenpeace campaigners swept, wiped and politely proselytized in the downtown San Francisco store for about 30 minutes before they were -- equally politely -- shown the door by company staffers.

Greenpeace "cleaner" David Pinsky, 28, to shopper: "We want to clean Apple's cloud, powered by dirty coal.... I'm from Virginia originally, one of the areas very impacted by these data centers, deeply impacted by coal."

Apple manager Sven to Greenpeace protester: "We appreciate how cool you guys have been, but we'd like you to go outside."

Customer Freddy Gandeza's assessment of the protest?

"They're trying to clean up the energy supply that Apple is using and go to a different power source, which is a good thing. But I gave them a hard time about their Mylar balloons. Not environmentally correct."


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Photo: Employees remove decals put up by Greenpeace activists at the Apple store at Union Square in San Francisco. Credit: John Green / Bay Area News Group