Monday, May 1 was set aside by immigration activists as a day of protest. Immigrants were asked to withdraw from the United States economy for one day as a way to make a point about the role they played both as consumers and workers.
In Payson, McDonald's and Fiesta Mexicana were closed Monday and there was speculation among callers to the Payson Roundup that the closures may be part of the protest, labeled the Great American Boycott. But a few phone calls revealed there was no protest involved in either closure. They were both simple, practical matters.
Chris Tackett, the McDonald's supervisor, explained they had been so busy lately, they had run out of eggs and couldn't serve breakfast. They expected a delivery of products at 5 a.m. Monday, but the truck didn't show up until 1 p.m., she said. Apparently the driver became lost and was located in St. Johns, on the way to New Mexico, Tackett said. A call was made to a sister store in Winslow for a loan of products, but by the time those arrived it was so late, she said. They decided to just start serving lunch.
Fiesta Mexicana had a sign posted explaining it had drain problems, forcing it to be closed Monday for repairs, with plans to re-open today, Tuesday.