The Occupy movement returned to Philadelphia Monday because as we all know, financial inequality is only worth protesting about when the weather is nice.
Oh, okay fine. It was because May 1 is International Worker’s Day.
So they decided to interfere with regular people who were trying to get their banking done.
At a Wells Fargo branch..
Two demonstrators were arrested following a scuffle in front of the bank’s ATM. Ralliers allegedly blocked a businessman trying to withdraw money, words were exchanged and the man sought help from the phalanx of cops.
What does OWS say?
According to participants, the confrontation was sparked when the businessman shoved an ATM card in one of the female protester’s mouths. “He obviously provoked us,” Philips said.
Yuh-huh. I’m sure that guy wasn’t provoked first at all by the mob surrounding him at an ATM.
Let me lay this down now. If anybody, OWS or not, tries to harass me as I try to take my money out of an ATM so I can buy a locally-raised free-range chicken for dinner* you’d best believe I’m going to talk back. I might not put my ATM card into a OWS protester’s mouth (ew! that poor ATM card!) but I’m not going to meekly accept your screaming at me just so you can feel like an edgy activist but only end up looking like a bully.
You want to protest crazy corporate law and banking bailouts? Great! I’M WITH YOU! The laws are neither written nor enacted at the local branch of a bank, or a mom and pop shop, or a subway station. You want to win the hearts and wallets of the typical American worker? Don’t harass us and while you’re at it, stop throwing bags of urine at cops. You can’t even claim something like that is heat of the moment. Few things have to be planned out more than peeing in a bag and taking it with you to a protest. Or seeing an empty bag blow by and think, “Hey, I’ll pee in that. And then I’ll hold onto it in case I need it at this crazy protest.”
All excerpts are via the Philly Metro paper, which beats out the C-P on the train I take every morning by at least 5 to 1: http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/local/article/1141900–two-arrests-made-at-occupy-philadelphia-may-day-march
*Ok, McDonald’s. Shut up.