Monday, October 31, 2011

Just Who Is "Entitled" to OWS Donations?

Winter has arrived for Occupy Wall Street and the call has gone out for those with resources to take care of those without.

Typical, right?

Well, it turns out that even the socialists who are trying to run things are getting ticked off at how certain members of the 99% are exploiting the cause. For instance, after a public SOS for warm weather gear (so that the protesters could continue to camp out in snow-covered Zuccotti Park) did bring in gloves, hats, scarves, sleeping bags and tents, it was appropriated by what OWS organizers deem the wrong kind of folks.

And to OWS leaders, the wrong kind of people are the "professional homeless" who think they're "entitled" to stay warm. 

Nick Hommen [a 29-year old OWS volunteer from Salem, Oregon who was handling donations] said some demonstrators were taking advantage of people’s generosity. “We can’t afford to keep buying new tents. It’s ridiculous the sense of entitlement people feel,” Hommen said.

And he distinguished between actual protesters and the growing number of homeless people invading the park, a rift first reported last week by The Post when kitchen workers revolted over working 18-hour days to feed “professional homeless” people. “We can’t continue to be a homeless shelter,” Hommen said.

Laughable, lugubrious and loony -- all at the same time.