Dirty 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters Should Clean Up After Themselves


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Most Occupy Wall Street protesters are viewing recent developments at Zuccotti Park -- namely, the decision late Thursday night by the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties Inc., to . postpone cleaning -- in a very positive light. After all, most protesters felt the private company, working in cahoots with the city, had contrived the ridiculous cleanup plan as a sneaky way to evict them from the park. Now that the cleaning has been delayed and an ugly confrontation between demonstrators and police (at least for the moment) avoided, the OWS movement is declaring victory.

But not so fast! Before the protesters do the happy dance over this triumph, they'd best read the fine print:

Deputy Mayor Caswell Halloway said that Brookfield is hoping to broker some sort of deal with the protesters in the next few days:

Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown.

An "agreement," eh? Admittedly, I don't sit on the board of major real estate developers and date mayors. But I can think of an "agreement" that would be win-win for everyone in this situation. Pay the protesters to clean-up the park. Give them one of the major things they say there isn't enough of -- jobs.

Sure, some protesters may complain because they'll actually have to work for one day. But the movement is already well-stocked with cleaning supplies, having putting a call out to Facebook and Twitter this week for brooms, mops, squeegees, dust pans, garbage bags, and the like. Why let a good donated power washer go to waste?

Hiring the protesters to clean up Zuccotti Park solves more than a few problems: It gives them something to do besides get arrested; the park will be fresh and clean; and all the neighbors on Wall Street won't be able to yell their tired (not to mention ignorant) insult at the demonstrators, "Go get a job!" Why? Because they'll have one! At least for one day.


Image via NLNY/Flickr

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ashjo85 ashjo85

So what about all they folks whose job it is to clean that park? They get to be out of a job for a day (or several) to quiet the mob? Yeah. THAT'S FAIR.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

OK, so Occupiers expect Wall St. (or whoever) to feel bad (or whatever) because the protesters can't get jobs, can't have a certain lifestyle, and can't afford what the 1% has.  But they consider it a victory that they're allowed to squat on private property and live in their own filth, outside, in tents, with no sanitation, for weeks on end.  If living like they're homeless is winning, why, exactly, do they need jobs - and why would anyone feel bad for them or their situation?

I just really wish they would either have a mission or go home.  I heard one of them on the news this morning, when asked what it would take to end their protest, say 'nothing'.  Well.  That's a plan....

PonyC... PonyChaser

Maybe they should keep it clean in the FIRST PLACE so this isn't a problem? How about that?

As for hiring them to clean up after themselves? Eh, no. First, I agree with Ashjo... what then, about the jobs of the people who already have the contract to clean this park? Are they supposed to be given the day off (with pay, of course) so these idiots can have their job and protest it, too? Second, and this goes back to my original sentence... you are expected to clean up after yourself when you rent a public space. So to make a mess, and then turn around and expect to be paid to clean it up? I don't think so.

bills... billsfan1104

Why do you think they deserve a job, after they trashed the place??  How sad is it that the city has to ask them to clean up after themselves, and make and then turn around and basically negogiate with them to keep it clean.  No wonder kids cant help their parents protest, without police intervention. 

nonmember avatar prashanth

bastards should be thrown in jail or gassed. this is fucking ridiculous

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