A business owner near the Occupy Wall Street encampment claims she has been repeatedly harassed and threatened with bodily harm by protesters after she and her employees refused to give in to their outlandish demands.
“I’ve been told, ‘Watch your back!’ 10 times,” Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, located across from Zuccotti Park, told The Post yesterday.
She and her employees are terrified by the constant threats, which she said began after she demanded the protesters stop using her shop’s restroom as a place to bathe every day.
The final straw came about two weeks ago, when the demonstrators broke a bathroom sink, flooding the shop, and clogged the toilet — setting her back $3,000 in damages.
If these lowlifes indeed represented 99% of the population America would have ceased to exist long ago.
Another businessman, who complained to The Post about the squatters’ behavior last week, said yesterday that the situation has since deteriorated, adding, “You don’t know the half of it.”
I suspect this lunacy would have ended long ago if New York City had a mayor with a semblance of a backbone.
Meanwhile, the police chief in Washington, DC has pretty much had enough.
The chief’s tough talk changed the tone of what had been about a month of congenial relations between protesters and authorities. It came after a Friday night incident in which several people attending a downtown event where the protesters were demonstrating were hurt. “Five people that we are aware of were injured,” Chief Lanier said in a statement issued Monday. “That is no longer a peaceful protest.”
Chief Lanier’s statement also included links to videos that police say support their claims that the protesters are becoming more aggressive. In one video, protesters appear to use children to block an entrance. “We do not condone nor will we tolerate violence or aggression,” Chief Lanier said. “The administration will do what’s necessary to maintain order in the city and to ensure that everyone is safe.”
If you read most lamestream media outlets they keep insisting things are “mostly peaceful,” all evidence to the contrary.
Coffee cart owner Linda Jenson and hot dog cart operators Letty and Pete Soto said they initially provided free food and drink to demonstrators, but when they stopped, the protesters became violent. And according to one city councilman, bodily fluids were used in the attacks.
“Both carts have had items stolen, have had their covers vandalized with markings and graffiti, as well as one of the carts had urine and blood splattered on it,” said Councilman Carl DeMaio.
Up in Portland, one woman who was at first sympathetic to the cause has fled the scene due to the out of control violence.
“They’ve turned a national movement into a national mess here in Portland,” she said Monday as she walked through Chapman and Lownsdale squares, where she camped a couple of nights ago. “I’ve seen a total of four assaults and that was all in a 24-hour period,” she said.
“I saw the assaults with the two by four by the center there with the tower.” In addition to the violence, she says she also found evidence of illegal drug use, including used heroin needles on the ground. She says she doesn’t recognize the park anymore, a place she felt safe in just a few weeks ago. “Now it just seems like it’s a safe haven for a lot of street kids (and) a lot of homeless people that do drugs,” she said.
“I’ve seen drugs and alcohol run rampant through here. I don’t feel safe in the parks.”
In Boston, the freeloaders are now usurping services intended for the homeless. So much for that so-called “self-sustaining” movement.
Occupy Boston has been encouraging protesters to take showers, hot meals and shelter meant for the homeless, prompting a St. Francis House manager to ask the downtown campers to remove directions from their Internet newspaper. The online publication that calls itself “Occupy Boston Globe” posts meal times and shower hours at St. Francis House on Boylston Street, which runs on private donations and state and federal funding.
The Democrats who sponsor this outrage remain silent as their zombie army of marauders continues to make life miserable for all around them. They need to be held accountable.
Yet finally there’s one bright spot out of Zuccotti Park. Danny Cline, the self-proclaimed “Lotion Man” and anti-Semitic cretin, is now occupying a rubber room.
He won’t be missed.