From James Taranto:
“It’s turning into us against, them,” says a 36-year-old Occupy Boston protester quoted by the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr. Wait, wasn’t that the idea? Not exactly. It turns out that when he says “them,” the guy is referring not to billionaire Jewish bankers but street vagrants. “They come in here and they’re looking at it as a way of getting a free meal and a place to crash, which is totally fine, but they don’t bring anything to the table at all.”
The same is true in New York, where, according to the Daily News, “Zuccotti Park has become a haven for the homeless,” who are abandoning shelters and camping out at the park, “enticed by the allure of free food and a community of open-minded people.” But as in Boston, open-mindedness goes only so far. “We have compassion toward everyone. However, we have certain rules and guidelines,” says Lauren Digioia, 26, who belongs to the “sanitation committee”:
“If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back,” Digioia said. “There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.