Occupy Update: Putting People Out of Work, Except for the Homeless Getting Paid to Protest

It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it, how the Occupiers of Zuccotti Park are putting hard-working Americans out of work while an ACORN group is paying homeless people to join in the protests?

The first story comes from the New York Post. A cafe and caterer near Wall Street has had to lay off a number of employees because they’ve lost so much business since the occupation began. One employee isn’t at all amused.

She said she supported the protesters at first — but now, she’s furious at them.

“I felt really, really angry,” Cepeda said of learning she was a casualty of the supposedly pro-worker movement. “I really enjoyed the job. I liked the people and my co-workers. Everybody was so enthusiastic to make the company go.”

Cepeda also had some common-sense advice for the mash-up of protesters and squatters who have occupied Zuccotti Park since Sept. 17.

“If they would just go get a real job, helping real people, that would help a lot more than just taking up space and shouting at people and putting others they claim to care for out of work,” she declared.

Her former boss, Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein, said he had no choice but to slash staff after Occupy Wall Street caused his business to plummet 30 percent — and warned he may have to shut down soon.

How sad. I doubt it makes them feel any better knowing ACORN connected groups are paying homeless people to make matters worse.

Lee Stranahan and Brandon Darby have released the latest video clip from their visit to Occupy Wall Street.

In the video, an activist named Channing, who has been at the Occupy Wall Street protests from the beginning, volunteers the information that the former ACORN organization–through its new front group, New York Communities for Change–is paying $10 per hour and $100 per day to homeless people to attend the demonstrations.

She suggests that ACORN’s involvement is unwelcome, alleging that its homeless employees are “being paid to come here and mess things up.”

It looks like Mayor Bloomberg’s patience is running out. It’s about time.

Over on the left coast, they’re shutting down cities. Michelle Malkin has a pretty comprehensive post covering what’s happening there. It’s pretty awful.

And now for your Occupy Wall Street laugh of the day, from Stephen Colbert. I’m not a big fan, but this is good.