All OWS protesters in NYC will suffer thanks to a few greedy outsiders

Is there a lesson to be learned here? The kitchen staff volunteering to feed the Zuccotti Park protestors have been providing – for free – top-quality meals to OWS protestors and outsiders who are not officially part of the unofficial movement. Kitchen staff no like.

My guess is they wouldn’t be happy if I stopped by for a free lunch of organic chicken, vegetables and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad either. From the New York Post.

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.

The point is not that they are homeless or ex-cons. I’m guessing the kitchen staff is no longer willing to serve high-quality meals to people who are not down for the struggle and contributing in some way to the movement. In other words, protest like you mean it or you should leave.

To show they mean business, the kitchen staff refused to serve any food for two hours yesterday in order to meet with organizers to air their grievances, sources said.

It looks like the organizers have refused to lock out the homeless and ex-cons. But they came up with a solution. EVERYONE SUFFERS.

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.

You can’t have any of our free stuff, go elsewhere. We’ll give you a map.

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.

I think there is a lesson or analogy somewhere in this story … I just can’t seem to put a finger on it.


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  1. Plainvillian on October 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    “Overworked and underappreciated”?? How communal is that?
    Not wanting to feed the homeless and ex-cons is the reciprocal of Orwell’s famous “some animals are more equal than others” to “some protesters are less equal than others.”? Delicious irony.

  2. SoundOffSister on October 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    How about: the protesters believe that everyone else but them should be forced to spread the wealth.

    • zedgar2 on October 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Yes! that’s the lesson here. Brilliant!

  3. Dimsdale on October 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I don’t know which analogy to draw: socialism in general, or just ?bamacare or comparisons with the corporations that OWS is protesting, i.e. a few bad traders/banks/corporations ruining it for everyone.
    Maybe this whole OWS is a learning experience after all!

  4. Murphy on October 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Ah true Socialists & Communists – spread the wealth around to the ruling Oligarchy. And leave the tired, the poor, the huddled masses to what scraps are not fit the leaders.

  5. IamTheMapGuy on October 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Ummm, I believe these people are not happy with the “Equity” they are receiving from their efforts.?

    “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? Isn’t that what they are looking for?? To a homeless person, these occupiers are the 1%.? Amazing what a little relativity?can teach isn’t it??

  6. gillie28 on October 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

    nice photo.? the ironies of this protest are just piling up on the?(organic food)?plate.?

  7. GdavidH on October 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The socialists?don’t want to “share the wealth”?

    How greedy of these anti-greed protesters.?

    • Dimsdale on October 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      The fundamental problem with socialism is that socialist only want to share other people’s wealth.? When it comes to their own, the story is quite different.

  8. Anne-EH on October 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Steve, posted your article over on Free Republic. Here is the URL:?

    Enjoy! Have a good and blessed day Steve! :)=^..^=?

    • Steve M on October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you. That said, we would prefer you do not copy and paste our entire post onto other websites. I would never copy and paste an entire article or post onto our site. It’s not appropriate or fair, and it violates copyright as far as I’m concerned. I’ve seen a couple of Free Republic commenters complain about excerpts and links to read the full article. I never understood that. Post a short excerpt or summary. If the reader is interested, they can take the step to “click once” to read the full article. Also, your post does not even provide a link to the original article I was referencing. That’s not fair to the original source at all.

      As a contributor who has sent money to Free Republic in the past to support the community, I can say I’m a more-than-a-bit concerned about contributors over there who call people “blog pimps” for posting an excerpt and a link, and then asking to have the complete article lifted from a site and reposted.

  9. Lynn on October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Ha, Ha, Ha, I can’t stop laughing, those OWS protesters they slay me. Do as I say not as I do.

  10. winnie on October 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

    “A security volunteer added that the cooks felt ?overworked and underappreciated.?”
    Like the American tax payer must feel right about now?
    “?We need to limit the amount of food we?re putting out? to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.” — Ohhh, there are so many analogies with this one, but I think they’re all pretty obvious and I’d hate to be politically incorrect.

    • Dimsdale on October 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Change “derelicts” to “illegal alien” and “volunteer” to “taxpayer” (involuntary volunteer) and see how the story changes.

    • winnie on October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Exactly what I was driving at Dims…thanks for saying it for me 🙂

  11. Anybody but Obama on October 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

  12. JBS on October 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Some animals are more equal than others.

  13. Tim-in-Alabama on October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    These greedy OWS D-baggers represent all that is good about the Democrat Party.


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