RUMOR: WGA members are starting to hire "freelance picketers" to do their strike duty.
Universal strike captain Jan Kimbrough noticed this Craig's List posting on Day Four:
Reply to: email@example.comWe emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to take him up on his offer. Hey, $40 right? Maybe email@example.com is even at my gate at Disney: I could make $40 to do what I was going to do anyway! But so far, no response. At this point, we have no proof of firstname.lastname@example.org's WGA membership.
Date: 2007-11-08, 3:15PM PST
I can't make it to my picket tomorrow and I need somebody to take my place. I want to go see friends in San Diego while I have time off work, and I'll pay somebody $40 to cover my four-hour shift. My strike "captain" doesn't care as long as there are people out there. I'll give you my shirt and signs and all that crap.
If this works out on Friday then let's do it next week too. I'd really rather not have to deal with it.
I'll disclose studio and show once we've set a deal. Let's talk.
Perhaps email@example.com has a congenital condition that compels him to spend his Fridays at a world-class zoo. He'd call in sick, but that crosses a stark moral boundary.
But wait: There was no picketing on Friday the 9th. That was the Fox rally. My friends, this could well be a "psych-ops" smear by the AMPTP to portray writers as pampered douchebags on a "glamor strike." (Attention AMPTP: Whatever you do, don't pay to send the In-N-Out truck to Disney's Riverside Drive gate at 1:30pm tomorrow. Oh, the damage that would do! If I get caught eating some animal-style goodness, the strike would be broken for sure. I beg you, don't!)