About a dozen “iPirates” assembled in front of the Apple store in Carlsbad on the morning of May 26 to protest what they said are the computer company’s tax-avoidance schemes. The iPirates were also there to support the candidacy of Dick Eiden, a political independent challenging Darrell Issa in California’s 49th congressional district.
“[Apple’s] headquarters is in Cupertino, California, but their business address is in Nevada, which saves them a good chunk of change,” says Eiden. His group also claims the company is keeping $74 billion in funds offshore in order to avoid paying taxes that would be due if the money was brought back into the United States.
“Apple was the architect of the offshore loopholes for corporations in the ’80s,” said Katia, an Eiden supporter, in explaining why Apple was targeted for the demonstration.
Amused shoppers took handouts that detailed the group's claims against Apple and promoted Eiden’s candidacy. Another costumed individual, who referred to himself as “Senator Cash,” mockingly insulted Eiden and satirically sang the virtues of capitalism.
A security guard briefly consulted with store employees, though interactions were peaceful. None of the protesters attempted to enter the store or disrupt business.