WikiMedia/M.O. Stevens On Saturday, protests erupted outside the Columbia Sportswear store in Portland, Oregon, forcing it to close. The protesters were responding to an open letter that CEO Tim Boyle had written about safety concerns around the company's office. Some saw it as an attack on the neighborhood's homeless population. Protesters are not happy with Columbia Sportswear's weighing in on Portland's social ills. Roughly 50 people descended on the brand's flagship location in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, forcing the store to close, according to The Oregonian. The protest was in response to  an editorial that Tim Boyle, the company's CEO and president, published in The Oregonian in November. The letter announced that the company would consider moving its one-year-old office in downtown Portland, which is used by its Sorel brand. Boyle said he would make the decision in the next 90 days. Safety concerns have arisen as some employees said they received death threats from nearby panhandlers. "A few days ago, one of our employees had to run into traffic when a stranger outside our office followed her and threatened to kill her. On other occasions our employees have arrived at work only to be menaced by individuals camping in the doorway," the letter read. "Our employees have had so many car break-ins downtown that we have started referring to parking in Portland as our 'laptop donation program.'" The letter went on to call for more to be done to make Portland's downtown area safer, including a greater police presence and more attention to the issue from city government. The editorial received a swift response from Portland's civic leadership. Signs around downtown now say that loitering is prohibited, and that the "sidewalk is for pedestrian movement only" — a reference to Portland's "no-sit policy," according to The Oregonian.  Though the letter itself did not mention homelessness at all, some in the Portland community interpreted the signs and the letter as an attack on an already-vulnerable population. "We think it's disgusting that a CEO that happened to give so much money to [Mayor] Ted Wheeler's campaign can write an op-ed and instantly