It’s lots of fun to talk about forcing the banks to forgive the mountain of debt that you and your friends have piled up. It’s loads of joy to seize someone else’s privately owned park, rename it without their permission, and squat on it rent free. It’s just an awesome way to spend the day when you’re getting free food handed to you and you get to sit around playing the bongos and chanting with whatever dude is railing against the big bad banks.
But when someone else decides to help themselves to your stuff? That’s a downer, man.
Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.
“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.
“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”
Crafty cat burglars sneaked into the makeshift kitchen at Zuccotti Park overnight and swiped as much as $2,500 in donated greenbacks from right under the noses of volunteers who’d fallen asleep after a long day whipping up meals for the hundreds of hungry protesters, the volunteers said.
“The worst thing is there’s people sleeping in the kitchen when they come, and they don’t even know about it! There are some really smart and sneaky thieves here,” Terrie said.
I’ll say. Morally, to the extent that the occupiers are unified at all they’re advocating what amounts to theft, and the smartest and sneakiest thief is the one in the White House who keeps stealing from future generations of Americans. So it’s hilarious that they’re now plagued with thieves in their own camp now, and they’re crying about it. If they were all true and good communitarians, then that pricey Mac belongs to everyone, no? (h/t JWF)