Occupiers in San Diego Show Gratitude for Free Food. Just Kidding—They Vandalize the Carts, Threaten Owners
November 8, 2011 - 6:46 am
The sense of entitlement is strong with San Diego’s occupiers. God bless ‘em.
The coffee and hot dog carts were located in Civic Center Plaza, the same location as the Occupy San Diego protesters.
That group first settled in to the plaza Oct. 7 and set up a tent city which has since twice been taken down by police.
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.
The damages will likely require at least a complete cleaning if not a replacement of the cart covers, DeMaio said.
The lovely, peaceful and tolerant occupiers are also said to have hurled death threats at the food vendors. Elsewhere in the occupation, they had to set up a lice tent after an outbreak swept through the Oakland camp.
And in the original Wall Street occupation, life is so grand they have had to set up a rape shelter.
The safety measure comes amid a terrifying spree of sexual assaults — including an alleged rape — in the Zuccotti Park camp.
Kitchen worker Tonye Iketubosin, 26, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly groping an 18-year-old woman after offering to help set up her tent. He is also a suspect in a rape at the park.
The grope victims include Kara Demetropoulos, who told The Post she was fondled in a tent last Saturday night after accepting a man’s offer of a place to sleep.
Most protesters have not been reporting all the incidents to police — instead preferring to settle things on their own.
The tent and its all-female security detail is the latest crime-fighting measure, and it is already garnering much interest.
The arc of history marches on. Eventually these folks will catch back up with the 21st century one way or another.