‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Annoyed At Protest ‘Freeloaders’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As the “Occupy Wall Street” protests enter their fourth week, donations of food and clothes have been appreciated not only by actual protesters, but also by an unwelcome crowd of freeloaders.

“Basically the tourists take all the food and the hipsters take all the clothes,” one Brooklyn artist told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

“It’s a shame, but there are a few people out there doing that,” another protester said.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

“Some people haven’t quite understood the message of why we’re here and some have been acting as opportunists, but I mean they’re not acting on the opportunity, in my opinion, any more than the people who are coming down here, registering people to vote for the Democratic and Republican Parties, or the people who are coming down here to sell their t-shirts and pins,” another protester said.

Over the weeks, the protests morphed into an umbrella movement for people of varying ages, life situations and grievances.

“I am 116,000 in debt for being a social worker,” 2010 Columbia University grad Jess Horner said. “I don’t have a job. I have no healthcare. You can only get insurance through employment. So many people are unemployed.”

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell on the protest

Rich Sward, a 64-year-old retired teacher from Syracuse said he came out to the protest “because of the basic inequity of our social and economic system in this country.”

Photos: Wall Street Protests Continue

Sunday afternoon, Riverside Church Interim Senior Minister Stephen Phelps and other clergy from the church are expected to join the protesters at Zuccotti Park, CBS 2’s Mark Morgan reports.

This new support comes a day after several thousand protesters took to the streets to make the two-mile trek to Washington Square Park from their home base in Zuccotti Park.

Demonstrators say they wanted to show that their movement has structure and is organized.

“That’s part of the problem, that people are not coming or judging this whole movement because there’s ‘no cohesion,'” said protestor Paul John. “That’s because three people said ‘there’s no cohesion’ but when you can show up and walk through the streets and say this is what we’re standing for right now, that’s a purpose.”

When they arrived at Washington Square Park, they were met by at least one man with an opposing view.

“I wanted to come out and give a different point of view and express how much I love capitalism and the system that we live in here in America and the opportunities that we have through the system of capitalism,” said anti-Occupy Wall Street protestor Jonathan Valdez.

Washington Square Park has a curfew and protesters honored that curfew and walked back to Zuccotti Park. Saturday night’s march was orderly, with no violence and no arrests reported.

Meanwhile, protests are continuing to grow nationwide.

An off-shoot of the group Occupy DC closed down Washington’s National Air and Space Museum after demonstrators tried to enter the building with signs.

Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons says a group of demonstrators, estimated between 100 and 200 people, arrived at about 3 p.m. Saturday and tried to enter the free museum.

Gibbons says when a security guard tried to stop them, saying they could not enter with the signs, he was apparently held by demonstrators. A second guard used pepper spray on at least one person and the crowd dispersed. One woman was arrested.

Protesters outside Philadelphia’s City Hall went on the move Saturday, marching to the Liberty Bell.

Some of the demonstrators have been staying in a makeshift tent city since Thursday.

In the Midwest, more than 1,000 people marched on the Indiana statehouse for the Occupy Indianapolis protest.

The demonstration was mainly organized through posts on Facebook and other web sites.

In the south, turn-out was not as strong in Alabama for Saturday’s Occupy Mobile demonstration. Only a few dozen people showed up to hold signs at a government plaza.

In Florida, hundreds marched through downtown Jacksonville Saturday. Some demonstrators held up signs critical of House majority leader Eric Cantor who said the protesters were a mob.

On the west coast, members of the Occupy San Diego protest are vowing to camp out at City Hall. The sit-in began there Friday afternoon. They say they’ll stay indefinitely.

In the Pacific northwest, police are investigating a possible sex assault where the demonstrators have set up camp for the Occupy Portland protest.

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  • Sick of Hipsters

    At the protests, I’ve been seeing a lot of these self-absorbed, self-entitled pricks that just moved to this city… to all the gentrified neighborhoods in Bklyn. They pay some of the highest rents in the city, making it impossible for the working class (that they’re supposedly fighting for) to get a decent apt in a decent neighborhood. And most of them live off their parents wealth. Now that’s more ironic than the t-shirts they wear.

  • The Realist

    The “Occupy Wall Street” group’s entire business plan (and yes, it IS a business) is built around freeloading off others and getting something for nothing. Now they’re upset that others are freeloading off them and getting something for nothing.

  • NYGirl

    Now that Al Sharpton is getting involved, you know this has got to be liberals who are going to claim racism and with that Robinhood attitude take from the rich and give to the poor. NOT. Go protest in Washington as to how the middle class bailed out the banks and is already paying for poor, plus illegal immigrants on top of that. Go protest our government you fools.

  • Teddy Morris

    The teachers, unions, and college professors are paying for the pizza, clothes,water for the protestors. What nerve. When it comes time to pay their salary and pensions, we should protest them and not pay. They have no problem being greedy when it comes to their own contracts and hide behind other people when it comes time to collect. Hipocrits.

  • Nathan X.


    I think this movement needs a direction. My website explains my experience there,

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    • At least they work

      At least they are hardworking taxpayers unlike this movement who have no jobs.

  • G

    Hypocrites! They claim to not have any money in their pocket, but somehow these flea bags manage to walk around with smart phones and food/clothes to spare. Then have the balls to be greedy when someone takes the food and clothes. We’re now in week four that my taxpayer money is being spent on managing these clowns and clean up the mess they leave behind. More than have of them are here just for the simple purpose of protesting, regardless of the subject. You see the same potheads at animals rights protests, anti-war protests…you name it. If it’s a protest, they’re there. What also drives me nuts is these are the same type that voted for Obama.

  • The Realist

    “Basically the tourists take all the food and the hipsters take all the clothes,” one Brooklyn artist told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

    Now the moochers are getting mooched. Welcome to OUR WORLD, losers!!

  • Gratche

    I still hear this question her is the best answer at this moment what is going on around you that you simply don’t understand. This my last time explaining this, I have try to get ready for ‘work’ at $13.75/hr, no benefits.

    I dedicate this to all the ‘head scratchers out there-Our what do you Want? Friends:

    The demonstrators are seeking accountability for Wall Street and corporate America for the financial crisis and the growing economic inequality gap.

    There are plenty of policy goals to address the grievances of the protesters — including lasting foreclosure relief, a financial transactions tax, greater legal protection for workers’ rights, and more progressive taxation. The country needs a shift in the emphasis of public policy from protecting the banks to fostering full employment, including public spending for job creation and development of a strong, long-term strategy to increase domestic manufacturing.

    • Gratche

      It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. It is also the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge.

      There are plenty of policy goals to address the grievances of the protesters — including lasting foreclosure relief, a financial transactions tax, greater legal protection for workers’ rights, and more progressive taxation. The country needs a shift in the emphasis of public policy from protecting the banks to fostering full employment, including public spending for job creation and development of a strong, long-term strategy to increase domestic manufacturing.

      There. Is that the kind of answer you are looking for?

  • Mrs Rod

    That’s good. Stay by your blue flickering screen 25/8 and screed away.Too fat to move, except to release your waste. You worthless BUM. Why are you anything more than a waste of my time go away, before I can have people find you. I watch the IP’s, I know the nodes and chokepoints.


    Protestors should be protested for not sharing food and resources. How dare they act like the greedy corporations they are protesting!

  • John

    Glass-Steagall At Center Of Mass-Strike Upsurge
    October 9, 2011
    As the mass-strike upsurge spreads, we see Glass-Steagall, the issue that LaRouche has championed, at the center of the fight, and beginning to be reported in more and more of the coverage of the spread of Occupy Wall Street.

    * Taiwan News, Oct. 8, reported, “The Occupy D.C. movement pays close attention to economy, corporate corruption of the political system, and the negative effects of corporate personhood as it exists after decisions such as Citizens United and the repeal of Glass-Steagall.”

    * The San Mateo Daily Journal reported on Oct. 8, in an op-ed titled “The Young Call for Economic Justice,” that a lot of the outrage is “due to the failure of the Obama Administration, in the bailing out of Wall Street, to go after the financial crooks … and consigning them to jail, as did the Pecora Commission….

    “The Pecora investigation uncovered a wide range of abusive practices on the part of banks, bank affiliates, and bank stocks. The hearings galvanized broad public support for new banking and securities laws. The U.S. Congress passed the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933 to separate commercial and investment banking…. Pecora wrote: ‘Bitterly hostile was Wall Street to the enactment of the regulatory legislation. (Sound familiar?) Had there been full disclosure of what was being done in furtherance of these schemes, they could not long have survived the fierce light of publicity and criticism. (Do we know better now?) Legal chicanery and pitch darkness were the bankers stoutest allies. (Amen!)'”

    * Former Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich has a widely posted article called, The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democrats that blasts Obama for being “extraordinarily solicitous of Wall Street and big business,” and for not demanding that the banks “accept the resurrection of the Glass-Steagall Act, as conditions for getting hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.” Obama’s failure has “contributed to the new populist insurrection,” says Reich.

    * In an op-ed in The Missourian of Columbia, Missouri, Missouri University professor “Gene” Robertson wrote on Oct. 7, “We need to reinstate the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, the law that created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and was systematically repealed over the years, or create something new…. We must hold perpetrators of unsavory practices legally accountable.”

    * Even entertainment web-rag FabLife features the photo of Penn Badgley of the teen hit show Gossip Girl at OWS with a Glass-Stegall sign. “October 5, 2011: Penn holds up a sign protesting corporate greed and advocating the return of the Glass-Steagall Act. Forces millions of Gossip Girl fans to open their American History textbooks for the first time.”

  • yuri rochenko

    i know officials are planning martial law contingencies as this movement is growing. fema has their eyes wide open now. this could really happen.

    • Button Gwinnet

      How do you know this? Enlighten us all. I am calling your bluff.


      You’re right!! this is really on the event horizon…..

      FEMA CAMPS & REX 84, They censured me out of the Washington Post Bog for saying the same thing, so therefore,

      everyone Google: FEMA CONCINTRATION CAMPS REX 84

      • Michael H.

        you should concentrate more on your spelling…

        • mike


  • Button Gwinnet

    Where was your angst when Obama gave billions to the banks? Too big to fail? Who are the tree-hugging, granola-crunching, Teva-wearing, Birkenstock-breath, won’t shower, iPod buying, Apple-biting, hemp-smoking, mamby-pamby, throw money at Obama’s campaign, hypocritical electorate that voted in Saint Obama? Obama’s campaign raised more money than any presidential candidate in history. What mah-roons threw their checkbooks at him?

    • Bill B

      I am with #OWS, and Wall Street is a metaphor for the entire political/financial system that is broken and includes OBAMA. We have never singled out a politician to change, it is the entire system that allows both parties to be corrupted by funds, religion and corporate, extremist interests. We are a non-partisan, all inclusive group, because the diverse, peopla in the USA are all affected by the economy. Why assume we arent mad at Obama? When we say the system, we mean the whole system. ALL politicians, We will not appear to be GOP or DEM, and not only won’t we endorse a political party, we don’t want them to endorse us, because all of the people are fed up. What we want is changing the laws to stop corruption, or we will all rise and change the system. CHANGE OR BE CHANGED! We are in the process of peacefully and successfully doing that rather quickly. Everyone of all political backgrounds, including the bankers and lawyers and doctors with us, that the media does NOT cover, we all get along. At out camps, we are equals, listening to each other and function respectfully as a unit, by talking and listening,. and being compassionate. Something DC and parties cannot and will not do, YET.

    • Jose Alvarez

      Obama? Bush is the one who gave the money to wall street, and Herman Caine clearly stated it was a good idea to partially nationalize the banks and make a profit off of them. Obama saved the American Auto Industry. Obama eliminated DADT and has called for the end of DOMA. Obama got Osama, something Bush could have done in October 2001, but chose not to. Hemp Smoking? That’s something Ron Paulbots do. And who would waste their money on Kochsucking Republicans?

  • Pat Johnson

    Looks like a lot of people who complain here must work for the banks
    who suck us all to death ,then pass on that debt to our children .
    Old age home care is 20-35 thousand dollars a month .
    Years ago one did not have to pay banks for loans for school ,cars & homes
    and to pay healthcare costs.If you worked you got ahead and were able to
    buy things without the banks ,now you have 2 bosses,your employer and the
    bank you owe money to just to get by,as more social services are eradicated
    this gets worse .when people have no real money ,they don’t buy real products.
    The banks know they are in control ,what bank ever started a campaign like
    wall street is doing against this”99 percent party” fro Geprge Bush’s phony
    Iraq war and it;s trillion dollars cost .still ongoing.

    • mike

      The banks dont swipe your credit card for you, they didnt sign your name on that mortgage application. Maybe spend a little more responsibly and within your means like we had to do in this country’s past. and taking out loans for school? maybe dont go to a private school for 45k a year?!

  • M.M.O'Reilly Jr.

    I think 25 million citizens on Medicare will join this movement when they realize
    how much they will have to pay for the cutbacks the T party & Republicans
    will want next June including a 30% paycut for Doctor’s they may join
    in as well.
    Actually Medicare reinbursements as they are now is keeping your hospital
    open and your Dr’s kid in Cillege. it’s part of the trickle down scheme Reagan
    talked about ,sadly the old ,sick and the young kids who can’t get jobs are
    suffering os yes,this movement will grow. The other side of the Tea party .

  • TexanPatriot

    I hear daddy may get tired of funding their child’s $10 a day Starbucks habit…and when they get cut off, they may go back home at that point…..but not before they keep using their corporate built iPhone to twitter about it…their corporate built Macbook to keep abreast of their Facebook…and while sitting in the building leased by the Starbucks CORPORATION, sipping a $5 frappachino.

    Bunch of hippie pinkos…..they’re protesting just to protest, now the big time Socialists are coopting them…making this an anti-Bush protest….

  • walter

    Education..so what? That means nothing if u a lazy bum,,This is the best country in the world .I came to USA 27 years ago and i was a musician back home.I drove a cab used to work as a carpenter,roofer,just any job i could do to support myself.Today i,m a proud owner of a multimillion dollar co and 34 american born people working for me..u just lazy good for nothing potheads

    • Cicero

      Unfortunately you would not qualify for entry into the US today, as you actually demonstrate intellect and a will to work hard. Amerika is presently open only to ignorant, uneducated parasites that have no desire to learn English, no desire to acclamate into broader society, and come here purely to take advantage of the welfare state that your taxes and mine fund. You can thank the decades of liberal societal engineering going all the way back to Johnson’s Great Society. This country is finished.

  • vlad

    Wait until first frost or bad weather comes ,all this rat’s will go back to their parents houses..bums..

    • Max

      U r IDIOT, ask mammy to change your dipers more often

      • Cause Du Jour

        Max – Judging from your use of spelling and sentence structure, I’d bet you were one of their leaders.

        • Max

          Case du jor – u R many foolesh! I am always koresh.

          • Maek

            This is why you shouldnt be allowed to use welfare checks at liquor stores…

  • walter

    Wait until first frost or bad weather comes ,all this rat’s will go back to their parents houses..bums..

  • Irish love dog

    I’m 27 and rich because I worked hard,instead on siting in a park smoking weed like these lazy kids. Semper Fi

  • Nathan X.

    Visit leadfootedrabbit.com to see my personal account and photos from occupy wall street

  • lisa

    in 2004 i got a divorce and moved north to indiana.tried to get an apartment. couldn’t afford one. so i went to school. and joined the army reserves. i have gone from making 7.00 dollars to 16.00 dollars an hour. but the apartment i wanted went fron 500 dollars a month to 1200 a month gas went from 2.00 a gallon to almost 4.00 dollars and we won/t even go into utilities . i have worked for nothing. if i wern’t on military duty, i would be protesting on wall street for the right to not have my military pension taken away, some type of medical benefits for the public and some type of regulation on housing. i really don’t care who gets taxed but i do care how the tax money is spent. more on the taxpayers who pay it and less on retired polititions who did nothing to begin with and still aren’t doing anything


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    Well this is great—The Senior Minister of Riverside Church who makes over $120.000.00 dollars a year OR MORE, Rabbi’s making over a $1000.00 dollars just for ONE WEDDING AND UP TO $1800.00 FOR one wdding are going to support the protest. Wouldn’t it br nice if they would help these people like other religious instututions do instead of going for the publicity. WHAT A BUNCH OF PHONY’S. .

    • Button Gwinnet

      Oh, misguided Cathy. So, no one is allowed to earn a living, now? Who precisely are “these people?” I thought “these people” were Occupying Wall Street and the institutions to which Obama give countless billions. That’s what they call themselves, anyway. Now, you take pot shots (perhaps, literally) at clergy. You really are a PHONY.

      • Garth

        I think you need to get your head out of the punch bowl or off the exhaust pipe. Find me one priest that actually tithes, the way the true catholic faith requires. Arch Bishops driving Lincolns or Cadillacs, lavish offices with either Mahoggony or Teak, and pretty damn good china for coffee as well. If you are dizzy enough to think the Rabbis and Ministers don’t also take ‘Donations’ for services rendered, then you need to get out in the street with the rest of the dead wood that claims to be protesting something. And since this was union orchestrated to take attention away from the failed economic policies of the Obama administration, you can;t even really call this a protest. The unions and their high price demands will be the death fo the middle class, not Wall Street. Why don;t you and your friends take your ipods and cell phones and find a union bosses office and camp out there for a while. See where that gets you….

  • Nathan

    In visiting the group, what I learned first hand is that they have no specific demand. Rather, what they seek is a voice – a platform from which to vent their frustrations at a government more concerned with maintaining power for themselves than with trying to make the types of bona fide changes (not the Obama-type changes which have proven to be more of the same) that can right the ship of a nation that has strayed far off course. -Nathan of leadfootedrabbit.com

  • The Realist

    Which schools offer majors in PROFESSIONAL ACTIVISM? I want one of those lucrative protester jobs so I can get paid to complain about unemployment.

    • Lou Stoole

      Prepare to join the ranks after you rack up $50,000+ in student loans to pay for that education. But with dumb comments like yours, don’t expect to find work in the field. No one hires fools.

      • The Realist

        No loans for me. I paid for college (’87, math/economics) with an academic scholarship plus THREE part-time jobs. That’s called being realistic.

  • Average Joe

    U.S. taxpayers give Billion$ and Billion$ to Israel….more than any other country….while unemployment and homeless are at record high.

    • sk

      isreal does not get more money than other counrties! America also gives money to Pakistan, iraq and Palestinians.. These are places that are anti-american! so you are arguing over somthing you don’t know much about. as far as homeless, i lived in manhattan in the 80s there were a lot more homeless on the streets back then than there are today! besides, the protesters are not homeless either in efew years they will make a great money, be just as greedy as the people on wall street!

  • Confused Wall St Worker

    What exactly are they protesting about?

    • Norma Stitz

      After three weeks of protests, only the ignorant or the agitator asks this question.

      • Tear gas them

        They just want to hang around the park smoke drink and have sex.This is a joke NYPD needs to use tear gas.

        • mark

          Yeah! sic em!

    • Scott Laux

      How about the sub prime scam hatched on wall street that has bankrupted a generation of working class people. How about Goldman Sachs running the country- who voted for them? How about hedge fund managers making a billion dollars a year and paying less % in taxes than a guy making $40k a year? How about WS lobbying to privatize social security so they can get their greedy hands on it. How about the bailouts to the banks who screwed over Are you that obtuse to the suffering going on in this country?

      • American Worker

        How soon people forget the scams that come out of Wall St manipulating the price
        of oil , selling worthless real estate loans as stock investments .
        The protest are to put the spotlight on the scams .

        • FULL Wallet

          Wall Street has been very very good to me.

          • Jason M.

            LOL….me too! I am paid very well to structure RMBS/ABS securities even these days. Not seven figures as I was a few years back but I still can’t complain.

            And, what kind of idiot borrows $110k to attend Columbia when all they want to do is become a social worker? That’s what CUNY is for ya wanker!

            • mike

              ABSOLUTELY! I went to a state school and have NO pity for these trust fun whiners who NEEDED to go to NYU or Columbia. Brats.

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