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  • New York Business Owners to Counter-Protest 'Occupy Wall Street'

    Scribe reported last week on the extensive damage to small businesses wrought by the “Occupy” protests being staged around the country.

    In lower Manhattan, business owners are fighting back. Having been forced to endure nearly half a million dollars in lost revenue, they are planning to stage a counter-protest. At 5 pm, they will gather on the steps of City Hall to speak out against the “Occupy Wall Street” tent city, which has remained in Zuccotti Park for nearly two months.

    A recent survey by the New York Post showed that local businesses have taken a hit as a result of the protests. The Post reported:

    The Occupy Wall Street movement has cost surrounding businesses $479,400 so far, store owners said.

    A Post survey of a dozen restaurants, jewelry shops, beauty salons, a chain store and mom-and-pop establishments tallied almost a half-million dollars lost in the 53 days since the Zuccotti Park siege began on Sept. 17.

    “My customers used to take food to eat in the park, but now they can’t,” he lamented.

    With clogged streets, aggressive signs and stories of predators and criminals lurking among the knot of protesters, business owners and managers say shoppers are not taking the risk of coming to the area.

    Other cities have seen occupiers do comparable damage to local businesses. Though they haven’t yet taken to the streets, business owners in Oakland, California have petitioned the city government to help abate the economically destructive protests there.

    On Tuesday, members of the commercial business district in downtown Oakland sent a three-page letter to Mayor Jean Quan, demanding that the protesters go. Five city council members held a press conference Wednesday reaffirming the demand.

    “The impact of the urban encampment has been very negative,” says Paul Junge, public policy director for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Three businesses with commitments to new leases in the downtown area, which would have brought in some 350 jobs, backed out of their agreements in the past three weeks, he says.

    “We are aware of dozens of small businesses in and around Frank Ogawa Plaza where the tents are, reporting 40 to 50 percent losses in the past three or four weeks,” including clothing stores, coffee shops, and conference spaces, Mr. Junge says. “People don’t like walking around down there, it makes them nervous … they are taking their business elsewhere.”

    The protests may be rooted in economic grievances, but they seem to be doing more harm to the economy than good in the cities where protests have appeared.

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    18 Responses to New York Business Owners to Counter-Protest 'Occupy Wall Street'

    1. MIKE YAGODA says:


    2. jaime rodriguez says:

      how ungrateful are these business owners! they should be forced to sell their businesses and give the proceeds to the OWS crowd and/or democrat national committee (same thing really).

    3. Every single home and business facing Zucotti Park should play – in unison from every device capable of reproducing audible sound – the Best of Donnie & Marie all night long…

    4. Pat says:

      The Business owners and their customers are entitled to the equal protection under the law. The local governments need to get their act together and send the OWS home. If they do not do that than the business owners need to sue the city for lost wages and damages. Enough is enough.

    5. Sasha Meyer says:

      This is ridiculous. By shutting down small businesses, whom do they think they hurt? The 1%? And by 'eventually' shutting down Wall Street, Banks, and big corporations? The 1%?
      This has gone sour. Rape, assault, robbery, thousands of dollars in property damage–they are breaking the law and they should be removed, this time for good.

    6. Sasha Meyer says:

      This is ridiculous. By shutting down small businesses, whom do they think they hurt? The 1%? And by 'eventually' shutting down Wall Street, Banks, and big corporations? The 1%?

    7. Brad - Detroit says:

      Let's try this again. . . . awesome reply to the "Occupy Movement" that I had to share :

      Nothing is “free.” Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free” health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.
      While I’m pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.

    8. Brad - Detroit says:

      Next part :
      Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for — literally.
      A protest is not a party. Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.

    9. Brad - Detroit says:

      And lastly :
      There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you.

    10. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      Why are these vandals wearing hoods? Aren't they proud of themselves? It reminds me of those islamists who like to behead people on YouTube while wearing hoods. How does their god know who to credit for the elimination of the infidel?

      Why aren't police standing in the way of them to prevent the destruction of private property? Is it any wonder businesses are leaving or deciding to setup elsewhere? Come to Texas. Our OWS protesters are peaceful and non-destructive.

    11. Stirling says:

      In todays world of million dollar lawsuits the OWS crowd should realize they can be on the loosing end of the legal system outcome. Dial 1-800 lawers and get every city serving papers to the occupiers, our GDP might rise and unemployment rate drop if enough of these leaches get brought up on charges. I cant see how a lawer wouldn't jump on this once in a lifetime opportunity to hit up thousands of vagrants with lawsuits.

    12. RightofLeftCenter says:

      Way to post a picture from Occupy Oakland to demonstrate why the New York businesses are upset with Occupy New York.

    13. Jill Maine says:

      I was kinda looking forward to heavy snow storms and the NYC snow plows buring the idiots in a mountail of dirty snow. Oh well

    14. rmgdonnow says:

      This gang takeover of Zucotti Park is just one more effort to bring anarchy to NYC. They have said "destroy the society and build a better one." I doubt any of this bunch could successfully run a pizza parlor, much less an economy, as if any bureaucracy can run an economy. Observe the collapse of the old USSR and the shambles of the Cuban economy, which needs help from Chavez to stay afloat. Their only policy is to smash and obliterate our society, hoping to find positions of power (and wealth) in the wreckage. Lenin was about power, so was Mao, so was Castro; so are these "Occupiers." Power is the name of this game, no matter what their blab on TV says.

    15. Lynn says:

      Unbelieveable the amount of ignorance involved here and greed. Taking money away form the "1%" is a form of greed too. "we want… we want….!!!!" Sounds like a bunch of 2 year olds and looks like they are throwing tantrums! Obviously, we need to rethink our educational system if these people are examples of the byproducts of that system. Do people have the right to infringe on other people's rights and commit crimes all for the sake of Free Speech.? Something very wrong here. I am ready to join the protesters protesting OWS.

    16. gayle says:

      This is what I took from the article…OWS represents the 99%, which to me would be the little guy, yet because of their continual presence, etc. described in the article, OWS is actually negatively affecting the little guy, aka another member of the 99%.

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