Richard Ruiz

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Miami Beach Rent-a-Cops March on Lincoln Road Today, Demand a Union

    ​It's not likely to draw quite as many stares as the topless protesters who paraded along Lincoln Road last weekend. But the SoBe security guards planning a march today have a much more compelling reason to demonstrate. The guards -- those guys you see pedaling past on mountain bikes every time yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    SoBe Security Guard Fired over Interview with New Times

    Last week, we brought you the story of South Beach security guards who are trying to unionize for better pay and benefits. Three-fourths of the Security Alliance rent-a-cops riding around Lincoln Road signed a petition to join the SEIU, but only one was willing to talk to Riptide on the record. Ri ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009

    Labor Pains

    SoBe's rent-a-cops fight for respect, get fired instead.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    SoBe's Security Guards Fight to Unionize, Get Harassed Instead

    Every day, Richard Ruiz maneuvers his mountain bike through swarms of tourists in neon "I'm in Miami Bitch" T-shirts on Lincoln Road. Sweating through his white uniform, he watches for shoplifters and herds away panhandlers. Once in a while, he breaks up a drunken shoving match. via Wallyg's Flickr ... More >>