Occupiers switch to spartan meals to chase away homeless population
posted at 12:33 pm on October 27, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
To paraphrase Animal Farm, “All animals suffer equally, but some animals’ suffering is more equal than others’.”
That’s the message from scenic Zuccotti Park, which has suffered an infestation of sorts (an infestation apart from the obvious, that is). It appears that a group of “professional homeless” people—whose numbers in New York are legion—has descended on the park to partake of the nightly feasts protesters have been enjoying.
Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer, told the New York Post, “We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out to curb the influx of derelicts.”
Derelicts? What kind of language is that coming from one member of the 99% with regard to another? Where is Moreno’s empathy from someone who ostensibly is hurting more from Wall Street greed than he is?
Maybe he should have a tête-à-tête with fellow protester Lauren Digioia, who told the New York Daily News, “We have compassion toward everyone.”
Then again, maybe such a meeting would be ill-advised. Digioia, who is on the sanitation committee, went on to add:
However, we have certain rules and guidelines…. If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back. There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.
And here I thought the protesters favored entitlements!
The new plan, in any case, is to replace the spaghetti Bolognese and roasted beet and sheep’s milk-cheese salad (actual past menu items) with tasteless porridge and brown rice in the hopes that the “criminals and vagrants” clear out in search of greener pastures with tastier grub.
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