Occupy Wall Street kitchen staff protesting fixing food for freeloaders
The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
The Assembly announced the three-day menu crackdown announced earlier in the day — insisting everybody would be fed something during that period.
Some protesters threatened that the high-end meals could be cut off completely if the vagrants and criminals don’t disperse.
Unhappiness with their unwelcome guests was apparent throughout the day.
“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.
A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”
Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.
Irony so thick you could cut it with a knife and serve it to the homeless. Next thing they’ll be yelling “Get a job you smelly hippies!”
Isn’t that Runaway Mom in the photo?
That’s what I thought too.
I think so, I remember liking her scarf 😀
I thought it was Pauly Shore
“Those bums ate all the grilled veal with porcini mushroom dust! All that’s left is Wagyu beef!”
Wow, you got that right. Whatever happened to the 99%? I thought we were all the 99%? I guess some of are less 99% than others…especially the lower down on the percentage scale you go.
Summer of love analogies do, in fact, apply. That’s what all the rich kids who took up in The Haight were saying about their buzzkills, which they identified as runaways and working class kids into drugs. History so often repeats…
Animal Farm played out in real life. Priceless.
I went there and I didn’t see any homeless!
ROFL! That is kind of funny. Too much irony.
I guess the Occupiers have finally met some of the 99% and aren’t too happy with what they’re seeing. So much for redistributing the wealth and everybody sharing and having a voice. Pretty hilarious they’re going to run the “vagrants” out. Hey occupiers, you are the vagrants now!
“…they’re angry about working 18-hour days…”
Uh, yeah! Who’s the moron that didn’t rotate the kitchen help?? I’ve been reading some of these things about OWS “chore sharing.” If you have several hundred people, why are some doing 18 hour shifts in the kitchen and others doing 18 hour shifts in the laundry? Those of us who are wise about communal living, (LOL, like mothers,) could have told them that the real problem is that always, ALWAYS, a small group of unappreciated workers will find themselves doing all the work, while others do “work,” like drumming, guitar playing, art, etc.
And that is why communism doesn’t work (well, one reason anyway). Even with equal pay all round, not everyone will work equally hard and so others get pissed. I would too.
You obviously are a Beckistani
far from it–
kc, it’s a standing joke around here that any mention of collectivism in any critical way at all means you are a raging Beckistani afraid the Red Army is coming to kill us all any second now.
The comments are hilarious. Specially the one about they should issue id cards and build a fence.
But I am disgusted at the classism inherent in this:
Something tells me those in the GA won’t be eating rice and spartan grub..
haven’t gotten through all the comments as I am suffering from the Bubonic Plague. But the irony of all this is the balm.
being paid to sleep in a tent(by fox) makes a big chunk of the whole crew professional homeless
going door to door claiming to be collecting money for one cause and then redirecting it is worth more disgust than panhandling for a bottle
Some of the homeless population have legitimate complaints about economic disparity and few are griping about student loans to NYU
most do a damned good job of being eco friendly by going through trash bins and recyclining
ROTFL! Jeebus, they just cannot see their own hypocrisy, can they?
Let’s treat them to same they give to anyone who opposes their “solutions”:
HEY! Why does OWS hate poor homeless people and want them to starve?? Bunch of selfish entitled white people who want to give a little rice to the poor, while they dine on porcini mushrooms. How DARE they say that obligation-free handouts encourage parasitic behavior in at least some of the population!!! That’s a rightwing trope!! ALL poor people are simply noble souls who through no fault of their own are being oppressed by The Man! How are they going to go get jobs and become productive citizens if you don’t continue to feed them for free?
Oh, and I can rag on the pollyanna “noble poor” meme of the left, just as much as I can rag on the “all poor people are just lazy” meme of the right. Want to know why? Because I lived most of my life poor, and among poor people, in very poor neighborhoods. I know the poor – they are my people. I’d say it’s about half and half in my experience. I.e. some would readily pull themselves out of poverty if given some breaks and some help and a chance And a lot would remain useless and poor and dysfunctional no matter WHAT kind of help you gave them. The poor don’t need to be either demonized or deified.
This made me LOL (seen on twitter):
LOL! That is pretty funny.
Yeah. Of course, the Idle Rich do exist, just as the Lazy Poor do. Selfish assholes exist at every income level. But speaking as someone whose husband regularly goes to work at 5 am, works til 5 or 6 pm, does that 26 days per month, there are a lot of “rich” people who are that way because they work their asses off. Oh, those hours also do not include the hours per week I put in doing the paperwork and insurance end of things – I don’t get paid separately for that, we’re a team. Those hours do not even include the 6 nights a month he is on call and on the phone for 24 hours. He has also not taken more than a 5 day vacation in ten years, and he’s done that ONCE. Before his current job, he quite literally worked 7 days a week, 24 hours a day if you include phone call. He did that for 4 years and socked away money so that he had the funds and the budgetary lag time to move cross-country and take a couple of months getting settled and up to speed as far as patient-load, once a better opportunity presented itself.
He spent years and years making very little at all to pay the Navy back for his schooling. He did all of this so that one day he could make the kind of money he makes now. And he’ll continue to burn it out until the kids are safely through college (which we are paying for) and he and I can semi-retire at a fairly young age. That’s our choice. You want his current income? Live his life. If you think that’s greedy and materialistic and not worth the trade-offs, fair enough. That’s YOUR choice.
It used to be that the USA was the place that if you worked hard you would have the opportunity to get ahead.
These OWSers would have a lot more people on their side if they said that’s what they want back – the opportunity to succeed.
Yep. So long as they seem to keep blaming the mere existence of “the rich” as the source of all evil, they are going to piss off most of the country. The fact that some people found opportunity is not the reason you couldn’t. You need to look to DC for the answer to that. The bankers may take advantage of a stacked deck, but they are not the ones who stacked it, or gutted our industrial base, or drove companies offshore, or helped connected multi-nationals crush their smaller competitors.
good one–and I don’t side with all the rich–some are just aholes. But, some work very hard. When my daughter lived in NYC for 10 years a while back, some of her friends worked on Wall ST. and the stories of cots in their office were true. She said they had no life. Guess there is a trade off and we shouldn’t generalize about ‘all’ is true.
Personally–I’d rather be around the blue collar types any day than pretentious jerks.
The work in a lot of Wall St & other high-powered companies is very cutthroat. Many of them put in the long hours in self-defense, basically.
True that. My first job in private practice was at the LA office of a notorious Biglaw sweatshop. I regularly slept *under* my desk–and still got crap about my hours. And then had my ex-husband screaming and yelling because I didn’t spend enough time with my son. What a lovely life that was. It sure was a lot of money, though.
Anyway, if they’re all about redistribution they should just stfu and feed the needy.
I’m cracking up here as reality meets the road, but on the bright side, perhaps those complaining about their student loans will finally get a chance to see what it means to be truly poor. Poverty really isn’t about student loan debt or having to pay a mortgage. Like or not, people who have those “problems” are the one percent compared to how most of the people in the world live.
I do not share your optimism that PDB will “get it” anytime soon. And this comes from a person who is appalled at (and emigrated largely because of) a system of higher education that allows/requires (depending on your POV) 22 year olds to take out mortgage-sized, non-dischargeable loans.
From the comments here yesterday:
LOL. First sign you’re in a cult, you don’t get the irony. Something tells me her next dive by won’t own up to it or show she understands it. Sad.
In all seriousness, though, I bet 90% of the Kitchen crew are women, and I bet they’re just as tired of the unequal division of domestic labor as most of the rest of American women. They have, however, misidentified their target here. They should be mad at all the dudes running around with signs spouting stuff and looking for easy sex.
I hope like hell stuff like this leads to a huge backlash against liberal/progressive males and that it happens in a way that will make a good news story. Because the status of women in America and in the 99% needs to be front page news.
I completely agree.
In most of the reports I’ve read and photos I’ve seen, the “domestic” crews seem mostly female. Also, the assholes causing problems and touting violence are mostly male. Not exclusively, but by and large.
thanks for explaining the ‘Beckistani’ comment.
We get a lot of strange people in here.
It must be the mental hospital next door.
mental hospital next door
You mean the DNC?
I just keep going back to that statement made early on about how they want to recreate Tahrir Square in America. That they weren’t self-aware enough to put two and two together, to see that obviously male-driven movement that resulted in the rape of Lara Logan just told me everything I needed to know about this group. The pictures of Tahrir Square were NOT inspiring; they were frightening.
I know!!! This is my shocked face. : |
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