What is Mayor Bloomberg RIP VAN WINKLE? He is only just now noticing the “inconvenience” caused by the OWS, to say nothing of the $5 million plus on police overtime to watch them.
Bloomberg said nobody has been a stronger defender of the protesters’ First Amendment rights than he’s been but he stresses he’s concerned about the rights of the people who live and work in lower Manhattan. Wow, what a revelation, well, maybe it’s not an enormous revelation, since it’s been SO AMAZINGLY OBVIOUS to everyone else since September 17th that the OWS are intruding on the rights of others who live, visit, and work on Wall Street. It’s affected tourism, cabs, business people, and so on.
One business affected is the small cafe owned by Marc Epstein, who had to lay off 21 employees as a result of the drop in business since OWS moved in across the street.
According to the NY Post, one employee, a former supporter of the OWS, Shamil Cepeda, 23, said, “I felt really, really angry,” Cepeda said of learning she was a casualty of the supposedly pro-worker movement. “I really enjoyed the job. I liked the people and my co-workers. Everybody was so enthusiastic to make the company go.”
Cepeda also had some common-sense advice for the mash-up of protesters and squatters who have occupied Zuccotti Park since Sept. 17.
“If they would just go get a real job, helping real people, that would help a lot more than just taking up space and shouting at people and putting others they claim to care for out of work,” she declared.
Her former boss, Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein, said he had no choice but to slash staff after Occupy Wall Street caused his business to plummet 30 percent — and warned he may have to shut down soon.
“We laid off people Friday. We had a staff of about 100,” fumed Epstein. “It’s sad, it’s just so sad.”
The fact is that many of the OWS protesters have jobs and come from fine families. It’s a well-documented fact. Personally, as I walked around talking to OWS, many were members of organizations such as MoveOn and who live with their parents in NYC, Westchester, and LI.
Don’t forget that crime is on the rise because 10% of our police force are supervising OWS, who have a high crime rate developing in their own ranks.
At least Bloomberg finally mentioned the fact that the banks weren’t to blame for the mortgage crisis. He blamed Congress, but why didn’t he mention the real culprits, Dodd and Frank and Fannie and Freddie. That would have been a step up, but I’ll take what I can get from Rip. Glad he’s waking up.
Bloomberg: Protesters Should Stop Looking For Villains: MyFoxNY.com