Today I stopped by the CapEx exchange to see if I could talk with Skip Oceanlane, proprietor of the businessm about the protest that occurred there on Saturday organized by the "Occupy SL" group. The Occupy SL protestors are alleging that he restarted the sim deliberately to kick them out.
Luckily I found him sitting behind his desk and willing to chat. Here's Mr. Oceanlane's side of the story:
Rik Riel: Just wanted to see if you had any comment about the Occupy SL demonstration that occurred in your sim on Saturday. They are alleging that you restarted the sim to boot them from it. Can you confirm or deny that?
Skip Oceanlane: Peoples deposits were not registering with the ATM, and they were IMing customers. That happens when there is too much lag. I disabled scripts, but it still was lagged, so I restarted the sim.
Skip Oceanlane: I'm not a millionaire - I think harassing me is wrong.
Rik Riel: I only saw a dozen or so avatars there. Is that the capacity for your service? Or perhaps there were many more than that?
Skip Oceanlane: No, there was much more
Skip Oceanlane: I think harassing me was quite childish. I never did anything to these people
Rik Riel: So you are saying that you are restarted the sim because the protests were effecting your business, is that correct?
Skip Oceanlane: The sim was to a crawl - I couldn't even move around. Of course that's why I restarted the sim. And it took me about an hour to fix the damage with missed deposits. They don't have a right to go to other peoples lots and shut down a business.
For more info about CapEx, see their website slcapex.com. According to Skip, they have over 16,000 traders and do about L$10,000,000 in trading volume a month.