Socialist Triumph: Venezuela asks more than 100 malls to close to save electricity

Shops in malls across Venezuela have closed their doors early to comply with a government electricity rationing order.

Venezuela’s socialist government is asking more than 100 malls to close or generate their own power four hours each day, from 1pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 9pm.

Dozens of mall workers and would-be shoppers waited out the closure at a shopping center in upscale Caracas Wednesday. They complained about the new policy, which comes amid a general economic breakdown that has led to chronic shortages and triple-digit inflation.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Those are the busiest hours.

    • The Butterfly

      I think that’s the point.

    • Exile1981

      By closing them during the busiest hours it helps hide thevbare shelves.

  • ontario john

    Thought you were talking about Ontario for a second.

    • moraywatson

      Electricity is soooo 20th century…

  • The Butterfly

    But Sweden Sweden Sweden…

  • moraywatson

    I’m floored, because I thought for sure that having all those wind turbines would make Venezuela immune from this sort of intermittent energy problem.

  • Oracle9

    The Guardian blames el Nino. The weather the explanation for all problems henceforth.

    • Anything but socialism.

      • Oracle9

        This is the same catch-all excuse as we hear from our Canadian Defense Minister and of course the American official line.

  • The end result of socialism.

    Venezuela has large oil reserves, and a shortage of electricity.

    Well meaning Utopians, trying to manage the economy from the top always fail. The command (socialist) system simply does not work.

    North Korea or South Korea, what works best?

  • richfisher

    Yes but their President makes the little heart sign with his hands just like our Prime Minither….

  • mauser 98

    our march to Caracas

  • lolwut?

    BERNIE 2016!

  • Nic

    just think of the reduced carbon footprint.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It looks like the price of oil will remain well below the break even point of Venezuela’s budget.

  • Maggat

    Ain’t socialism just wonderful?