Occupy Wall Street Wins Sympathy Of Neighborhood Businesses

Claire Gordon
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local businesses Occupy Wall Street

One of the more damaging criticisms leveled against the Wall Street protesters in recent days is that their "occupation" is doing damage to surrounding businesses, hurting fellow members of the 99 percent whom they claim to be defending.

Droves of participants have been using the bathroom in a nearby cafe, Panini & Company, without making a purchase, breaking the sink last week, and prompting owner Stacey Tzortzatos to install a $200 lock. The New York Times reported that "for many neighborhood businesses, the protest's end cannot come soon enough."