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Small Business Owners Fight Back Against Occupy Wall Street
By Jana Winter

Published November 11, 2011

John Corstales of Essex World Cafe, located near Zuccotti Park, is one several local business owners who say they'll attend an Occupy Wall Street counterprotest scheduled for Monday.
Small business owners and local residents fed up with the “Occupiers” at Zuccotti Park in New York City are planning a counterprotest and news conference of their own Monday, to make clear the crowd has long overstayed its welcome — and that businesses will not survive if the “occupation” continues.

Flyers are being passed around at small businesses and residential buildings around the park in downtown Manhattan promoting a “Protest against the Occupy Wall St. and Mayor Bloomberg who does nothing to get them to leave.”

The news conference is scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.

In recent days, shopkeepers, restaurant owners and others with small businesses located near Zuccotti Park have been quietly meeting to share stories of the damage they say has been caused by Occupy Wall Street: theft of property, vandalism, threats, violence and even incidents involving the throwing of fecal matter.

The flyers were printed out by a 46-year-old unemployed teacher named Leslie who has spearheaded the counterprotest efforts. She asked her last name not be used out of concern the protesters would retaliate against her, and that her involvement in the counterprotest might negatively affect her job search.

“It’s time for them to go,” Leslie said of the Occupiers.

John Corstales said he planned to take the employees of his restaurant — Essex World Cafe, located a block away from Zuccotti Park — to the news conference.

“I’ll bring all my people. These protesters—they’re not even protesters, they don’t know anything—they are horrible. They break things, they steal, I have to close my bathrooms and bring customers downstairs [to employee restrooms],” he said.

“You should see what they have done to my gate, what they do every night when we are closed,” he said, referring to vandalism and damage to the exterior of his restaurant.

One of his employees said the urination and fecal matter in the neighborhood are among the worst of the problems. A construction worker who works nearby said he saw someone defecating into a newspaper, which was then rolled up and thrown across the street.

“What they do is horrible, it is just horrible,” Corstales said.

He said he was particularly upset about an incident involving New York Police Inspector Anthony Bologna, who was reprimanded by the department following circulation of a video of him pepper-spraying protesters on Sept. 24.

“He is the best captain in this neighborhood for five years. No better human being than him,” he said.

Leslie makes no effort to conceal her disgust.

“They say they are the 99 percent. Let me tell you, I’m unemployed and I lost my unemployment benefits after 99 weeks. I had to move in with my mother—I’m a true 99 percenter,” she said.

A police officer who was posted at the perimeter of the park for seven days said he would be attending the Monday event out of uniform, “as a protester and fed-up New Yorker.”

“After speaking with many of them, I realize they are unemployable takers,” he said, asking that his name not be used. “They just want to be able to tell their friends, ‘Hey, I was there.’ There is no leader, no voice. They have money in the bank but can’t agree on using it and no one knows who controls it.

“I’m sick of it. Fed up like everyone else.”

An email request for comment from Occupy Wall Street’s media contact was not immediately returned.

Other business owners asked that their names not be printed out of fear of further harassment and vandalism. They said Zuccotti has become home to an increasingly violent and unsanitary crowd, including some looking to commit crimes.

They also complained about the incessant drumming that has become synonymous with the movement.

One restaurant owner complained protesters repeatedly sneaked in to use the bathroom. Others said protesters crowded into their establishment during last month’s snowstorm and refused to leave.

Some local eateries have said they have had to lay off employees because business has tanked since the protesters arrived.

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They've started their pointless crap in nearby Charleston. I have a feeling that if they start that crap here, the only thing they will occupy is a jail cell. Protests are fine but they should inform us of their grievances. The only thing these people are saying is "Look at us!!! We are unhappy!!!"

So what, who ain't, get a job and STFU.


meemoon wrote:So what, who ain't, get a job and STFU.


I don't wanna grind this into the dirt, but I don't understand what these people are so pissed off about. If they are complaining about jobs,why don't they flip burgers, deliver messages, or sell useless crap on the phone, and bitch about THAT. The average unemployment benefit period prior to 2010 and check extensions was 19 weeks leaving 7 weeks of benefits uncollected. The average now is 39 weeks. We pay people to not work, our prez commends those who seek even more benefits instead of jobs, and we wonder why the unemp. rate is 9+% ?


I think some people need something to be pissed about, it gives them a reason to live. If they had nothing to complain about they would feel empty inside. I will admit I don't totally understand the situation because I am not following it. But one thing is for sure, I have never protested anything by marched in front of a building holding a sign, and I have never trashed anything. I don't do that. I stay at home and behave myself.


These people started with the right idea, punish Wall Street but now it has snowballed into civil destruction many quiting jobs to join in, there is documentation of rape, murder and now a potential outbreak of tuberculosis in one camp (2 confirmed cases already) They are raking huge amounts of money from supporters in NY it is inching to over a million in donations. I agree with Moon get over it, get a life and a job. We have them in New Orleans, two nights this week we were below freezing, they invaded the shelter for the homeless taking all the bed spaces, an elderly man was found dead in a park, it was reported he was a regular in the shelter and probably died from exposure. I am sick of hearing about them and the support of the White House and Bloomberg, they all make me sick.


ABC News @ 6:30PM, 11/13/2011:

Oakland has experienced riots at the camp site and a shooting.

In Philly, a woman was dragged into a tent and raped. The Mayor says the occupy movement has changed. "We see serious issues with health and safety on a daily basis"

In Albany, "dozens" were arrested for defying a curfew.

At occupy Vermont, a man committed suicide.

At occupy Salt Lake, a man was found dead in his tent and a day later, 19 campers were arrested for refusing to leave.

At occupy Denver, cops arrested some for intefering with workers trying to clean up a park (god forbid)

When the TEA partyers hollered a bit and held up some signs, they were attacked,at least in one case, by union goons and denounced by the media as "racists". Ya see, when people "get religion", they will justify their acts no matter how damaging or stupidly pointless. It doesn't surprise me that Dems LOVE the "occupy" movement. They share the same religion. Big Brother loves you.


Nothing like a little smoke screen to cover their tracks. of course Washington loves the Occupy movement, I understand being frustrated at Wall Street, but supporting riots, murder, drugs, rape, public defecation, interruption of normal businesses and on and on . It is time to put a stop to this mess.


SSC wrote:Nothing like a little smoke screen to cover their tracks. of course Washington loves the Occupy movement, I understand being frustrated at Wall Street, but supporting riots, murder, drugs, rape, public defecation, interruption of normal businesses and on and on . It is time to put a stop to this mess.
What's wrong with "public defecation" ?


I think most guys have urinated outside before, but tried not to be seen. Like hide in the bushes or behind a tree so no one sees you. Taking a dump is a different story, it's hard to find something to wipe your ass with, so you may have to use leaves..

If you refuse to take a dump in a public bathroom or piss in a parking lot, you crave a deep homosexual relationship. A man's world is his toilet; he defecates and urinates where he pleases.

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