“It’s good business,” she said. “It’s not too bad.”
One resident who was watching the media circus from the opposite side of Swede Street said he had mixed feelings about the whole situation.
“It’s kind of sad,” said Jim Moore, of Norristown. “Bill Cosby, he’s always been portrayed superficially as a role model. And it’s kind of sad because in America, you’re innocent until proven guilty. But there certainly seems to be a lot of smoke. So I don’t know. I personally feel bad for the guy. I know a lot of people want to crucify this guy, but I feel bad for him. If this is all true, he’s not right. There’s some kind of mental glitch somewhere. The pure products of America go crazy eventually.”
That said, seeing the spectacle of reporters, news vans and photographers set up was “different,” he said. A retiree, Moore said he takes walks down Swede Street every day and Norristown normally doesn’t see much excitement like this, so it was “a change of pace.”
“It’s fine with me, I live far enough away that it doesn’t bother me,” he said. “This is America. This is what happens. They smell something and everybody runs to the smoke and fire.” Lori Molyneaux, assistant manager at Sessano Cafe in Norristown, said she’s seen business increase 100 percent due to reporters and photographers coming in for breakfast before the start of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial Monday morning, June 5, 2017, in Norristown. Lucy Trejo, of Trejo American Mexican restaurant in Norristown, said reporters stopped by Sunday morning to find out what time her business was open and to pick out lunch menus. She said she hopes the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial, which began Monday morning, June 5, 2017, will be good for business thanks to the media circus in town.
Reporters and photographers crowded behind a fence outside Montgomery County Courthouse to get photos and video of Bill Cosby as he walked in to start his sexual assault trial Monday morning, June 5, 2017.
Photographers and reporters set up large equipment all over the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse Monday for the start of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial Monday morning, June 5, 2017.
A row of local and national news vans parked along Swede Street in Norristown outside the Montgomery County Courthouse for the start of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial Monday morning, June 5, 2017.
Some media outlets set up tents near the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse for the start of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial Monday morning, June 5, 2017.