The Occupy Wall Street protests are turning out to be quite an education for those involved, it seems. First they learned that wealth redistribution wasn’t all it was cracked up to be with their central committee being something less than efficient in meeting the needs of the group, and finger-pointing already starting over favoritism.
Now the occupiers are finding out that their free entitlements are attracting vultures and moochers, including criminal elements and recently-released prisoners.
Newly sprung ex-cons and vagrants rousted from other parks are crashing the Occupy Wall Street protest, where gourmet meals are free and boozy, drugfueled parties are on tap, the movement’s leaders griped yesterday.
“They’re telling people who leave prison to go to Zuccotti Park,” lamented Daniel Zetah, a leader of the OWS community-relations group.
Volunteer Lauren Digioia, 26, said, “We have drug dealing going on here, gang activity, public intoxication. There are a lot of instigators. There are a lot of vultures.
“Everyone knows we give out free food and sleeping bags, and it’s a perfect opportunity for squatters.”
Well imagine that. You create entitlements, within the movement, and moochers rush in to take advantage instead of earning things for themselves. It’s a veritable microcosm for public policy, it seems, and not one that reflects well on the occupy movement’s core philosophies.