It’s been mostly peace, love, and bongo drums for the Occupiers at their Zuccotti Park campground, but recently the leftists got a life lesson that they can’t blame on Wall Street.
Thousands of dollars in cash and pricey electronics have reportedly been stolen from the clutches of the anti-capitalist movement.
Stealthy thieves plundered the ramshackle living quarters of the Occupation last night, according to the New York Post, including $2500 in donations stolen from the kitchen. One protestor claimed his $5500 laptop was also taken.
“Stealing is our biggest problem right now,” one kitchen volunteer told the Post. Another protestor said of the current security situation:
“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.”“I had umbrellas stolen, a fold-up bed I brought because my back is bad — they took that, too!” added another.
And still another: “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!”
It’s unclear whether the Zuccotti burglars are outsiders or have been sleeping there for weeks. Considering it’s the “biggest problem,” though, it seems it might be an ongoing issue. Who knows, maybe they were protestors who decided the whole Communism thing just wasn’t working for them.
An even more interesting question at this point is, will Occupy Wall Street report it to the NYPD?
If so, Occupiers may now be forced to go facemask-in-hand to the officers they have spent weeks maligning, and ask for help in the future to identify suspicious activity.
Even if the cops agree to help, determining what constitutes “suspicious” in a an open air youth hostel could prove difficult. More here.