Are you fed up with the government enough to spend $900 to hilariously make your point? A Missouri woman sure was, and now all of New York knows just how irked she is.
Lucy Nobbe of St Louis, Missouri became so sick of the debt discussions marring US politics as of late that she spent a substantial chunk of change to charter a plane to fly over Wall Street on Tuesday brandishing a banner. The 51-year-old banker approached a New York-based company, flysigns.com, and asked if they would assist her in an unusual request: she wanted the plane to zip over Manhattan with a message in tow reading “Thanks For The Downgrade: You Should All Be Fired.”
Nobbe tells KSDK News that she was so angry over the way that politicians have postured over the debt ceiling debate that she decided on Sunday morning that she needed to do something about it.
“I couldn’t believe this happened because they were acting silly and being irresponsible,” she says. “I thought that is something that I could do that wouldn’t cost a million dollars and maybe someone would listen to me.” Nobbe approached flysigns.com with her idea, and says that the company was all for it and even offered her a discount.
Nobbe adds she normally isn’t so vocal about politics but wanted to show her daughters, ages 11 and 15, that some things are worth standing up for.
“She definitely stands up, she is different than other moms, she stands up and I’m really proud of her. I am glad to have a mom like that,” says her younger daughter, Holly.
Nobbe tells KSDK that she originally wanted the message to be waved over Washington DC, but when she found out that aircraft are prohibited from flying over the nation’s capital, she figured Wall Street would suffice.
As luck would have it, her stunt ended up with the plan soaring just by the Standard Poor’s headquarters, only days after they downgraded the US credit rating from triple-A to AA+.