Skip to comments.For one protester, 'Occupy' becomes a way of life (freeloader enjoys the free food)
Posted on 06/17/2012 2:54:00 PM PDT by Libloather
For one protester, 'Occupy' becomes a way of life
By Edith Honan | Reuters Fri, Jun 15, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seven months after Occupy Wall Street's eviction from Zuccotti Park, the round-the-clock encampment in lower Manhattan that was once the movement's center, one protester has created his own version of the communal living experiment in Brooklyn.
The spacious apartment in Crown Heights where Austin Guest, a 31-year-old Harvard University graduate, lives with another seasoned protester is a far cry from the crowded, chaotic Zuccotti Park of last fall, where hundreds of protesters camped out each night.
Nevertheless, inspired by Zuccotti, with its free meals and free books, Guest said he and his friends are pursuing an Occupy-like experiment in mutual aid.
In the apartment, for example, the protesters follow a code of conduct designed to prevent one person from dominating a conversation. Guest, who majored in performance and media studies at Harvard, said he has had to "unlearn" the sometimes "impenetrable" rhetoric of the Ivy League.
"I was trained to speak in, like, five paragraphs at a time, with really clearly delineated, bulletproof arguments. And that kind of communication doesn't leave a lot of space. That's the point. It's impenetrable. And that's not how we talk in OWS," he said.
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I know a businessman who round files anyone applying for work with him that has Harvard or Yale on their resume.
Who said the Ivies don't have matchbook cover degrees.
OWSers are moronis Eloi, who are not long for the occurrence of death camps that they so envcy the victims of...How else can they be thoufght of as being good?
OWSers are moronic Eloi, who are not long for the next occurrence of death camps that they so envy the victims of...How else can they be thought of as being good?
This guy supports himself by doing what exactly?
Hey, Austin...Maybe it’s not, like, to late to get your (parents’) money back from Haa-vaaard!
I know someone who “taught” Constitutional law supposedly at Harvard. Unfortunately, he still reads thru a teleprompter and geographically challenged (57 states..something like that)
That person can’t spell Syracuse either.
Most Harvard graduates who were admitted on merit are able to spell and speak.
And he did do his minor in Austrian.
I have the feeling Mr. Guest comes from quite a bit of money. Apparently he’s lived at one time in Carmel by the Sea. There was an older socialite C Z Guest a while ago. Maybe it’s a relative.
Last September, when the Occupy Wall Street encampment sprang up in Zuccotti Park, Guest was working a few blocks away as an online community organizer.
Guest, who is white, moved to the predominantly black neighborhood of Crown Heights on June 1. He and another protester, Marisa Holmes, split the $1,400 monthly rent while they look for a third roommate to lower their costs. A number of other Occupiers come and go but don't pay rent.
Several times a week, Guest bicycles to wealthier Brooklyn neighborhoods, like Park Slope and Cobble Hill, where he and other protesters help themselves to the bread and vegetables that gourmet shops deem spoiled or unfit for sale. On a good night he might find trays of sushi stacked neatly in an oversized trash bag or still-fresh-looking loaves of bread from Caputo Bakery.
He earns money by working for a friend's moving company and by doing freelance community organizing.
A professional online community organizer? And he quit that sweet gig? Wow. Could've become president.
In 4 or 5 years it will be legal for him to run for President of the United States. He already meets current qualifications-Harvard educated, impenetable rhetoric(unless talking about private sector jobs), no real job experience, and a community organizer.
>>This guy supports himself by doing what exactly?<<
Based on the article:
Just another parasite.
He eats sushi he gets out of the trash? I predict food poisoning may be in his future, possibly as soon as July or August.
They have absolutely no redeeming social value. Their only wish is to "bring it all down, man!"
People who want to destroy all the magnificent works of the descendants of productive white european males are not only hideously ignorant, but are a malevolent danger to any improvements in our earthly existance!!!
No amount of BSing by the MSM or anyone else about there being any kind of equivalence with the much more effective Tea Party element in our society is without foundation!!!
That caught my attention too.
Off-hand I can’t think of a dumber thing to do with food.
Suuuuuure there is.
Several times a week, Guest bicycles to wealthier Brooklyn neighborhoods, like Park Slope and Cobble Hill, where he and other protesters help themselves to the bread and vegetables that gourmet shops deem spoiled or unfit for sale. On a good night he might find trays of sushi stacked neatly in an oversized trash bag or still-fresh-looking loaves of bread from Caputo Bakery
They should fear the dark!
Sure there's food stamps, and there's no such thing as unavoidable hunger today in America (the schools in my town have free lunch and breakfast all summer long, and it's advertised on main street). But I actually respect the idea that someone would refuse to accept food stamps when temporarily down on their luck, and instead would continue to work for their food by gleaning and accepting charity. I used to work in a restaurant where lots of the guys worked to set aside unsold still-good but illegal-to-save food for some of the very poor employees with big families to feed (like our dishwasher who was probably illegal). I'd still rather see that poor dishwasher take home the food than for him to go hungry or worse, go scam for food stamps.
“Hi. I’m Austin and I’m a professional freeloader...and you can be one too if you apply my principles from my new book “Living Off Society. A Freeloader’s Guide To The Good Life Without Spending A Penny”.”
Harvard and other Ivy League business types insist that more spending and more debt is the solution to a spending and debt problem.
An Ivy League degree is a complete waste of money if you ask me.
Fine by me if they want to run a neo-hippie commune on their own property. They might actually learn the hard way why collectivism rarely works.
I used to work at a cafe/bakery, and the bakery side made everything fresh, every day. If you worked the night shift, you could take home whatever cakes or pastries you liked, otherwise they were going in the trash. Perfectly good food that would keep for days afterwards, but the owners were sticklers about only serving the freshest stuff to the customers.
Other restaurants are not so scrupulous. The leftover bread goes in the meatloaf, and burgers that touch the floor go in the “chili” bin.
As one who lives in Portland - the mind twisting question I can’t get past is how they don’t understand in their theatrical protests - breaking government regulations - they are demanding more.