“Occupy Wall Street” has been loosely endorsed by Barack Obama, and you can tell the President is having an influence on the situation, because it’s already killing small businesses:

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Twenty-one restaurant workers lost their jobs last week because of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall St., said he had no choice but to let nearly a quarter of his staff go last Friday after he saw his sales drop by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests started.

“What are [the protesters] trying to accomplish here?” Epstein asked Monday.

“The end result is that I and all the wonderful people who work for me are collateral damage.”

Epstein said the biggest problem is the police barricades that have lined Wall Street since Sept. 17, making it difficult for people to see his restaurant and cross the street. Epstein has also had to contend with closed subway entrances, police checkpoints and frequent Occupy Wall Street marches, which he said have dampened the Financial District’s formerly thriving street life.
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The issue of the Wall Street barricades has come up at recent community meetings, and NYPD officers have repeatedly said that the security barriers must remain in place because the protesters do not give advance notice of their marches and routes.

Restaurant workers are losing their jobs? That’ll teach “The Man”!

When Michael Moore got involved I figured at least it might be a boon for local eateries, but I guess I was wrong. Instead, Slobba the Hut is going to make money putting together a movie while “the 99%” lose their jobs as a direct result of the anti-capitalist “cause” he’s hypocritally promoting.

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8 Responses to “Movement Dedicated to Protecting the 99% Continues — 99% Hardest Hit”

  1. sizemorew on November 1st, 2011 4:12 pm

    Didn't one of them wave a sign that a job is a right? Well, looks like they're taking away those workers' rights. And, knowing them, it won't ever sink in that they really are responsible.

  2. Hyperfobea on November 1st, 2011 4:26 pm

    Epstein clearly had no right to let those employees of his go. For him to have done so just proves what a greedy capitalist he is. The solution, as OWS espouses, would have been for Epstein to continue paying his employees until his business either recovered or until bankruptcy was imminent.

  3. Pasadena Phil on November 1st, 2011 6:09 pm

    It has gotten really nutty in Oakland. Here is a letter by the Oakland police to the citizens of Oakland from the other side of the looking glass:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/we-are-confu

  4. joyannaadams on November 1st, 2011 7:22 pm

    "Slubba the Hut" A Mr. Powers original. LOL!

    Hey—Where's the union protecting worker's rights when you need them?

  5. SignPainterGuy on November 1st, 2011 11:10 pm

    Right, and with regular raises !

  6. Barb Chansky on November 2nd, 2011 3:59 am

    Doug, that restaurant is kosher – Moore is going to die of hunger before he goes there. Joyanna, something tells me those workers were not members of the union – so, who cares if they become collateral damage.

  7. Granny55 on November 2nd, 2011 2:29 pm

    OMG – the comments section -ummmm, well, ummmmm, I am, I don't know what, ummmmmmm. Gawd there are some really bizzaro, weird people out there. Sorry, Phil, but I really would not feel sorry if the whole State of California dropped off the face of the earth. Get out while you can!!!

  8. Pasadena Phil on November 2nd, 2011 2:35 pm

    I don't know where you live but the same is happening there too. You just aren't aware of it. Besides, why is it that "conservatives" always recommend running away? How do you ever win anything by running away? Maybe that's why the libs control all of the best states?

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