Costs of the Occupiers

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The trash generated by the “Occupy Wall Street” protests keeps piling up. So do the bills. Liberal media outlets claim the anarchic, anti-capitalist movement is more popular than the tea party. But wait until Americans across the country get a full picture of the costs of the aimless occupiers.

In New York City, government officials estimate the month-long siege of Zuccotti Park has now imposed $3.2 million in overtime police costs on the public. On Thursday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office pressured left-wing activists to vacate the park for cleaning, Occupy Wall Street urged sympathizers to flood the city’s customer services lines: “Call 311 and tell Bloomberg not to evict us!”

In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter told the press that demonstrators outside city hall have incurred $164,000 in overtime public employee costs and $237,000 in regular time. “At the current rate, if Occupy Philly continues to the end of the month, the city would spend another nearly $690,000 on police overtime alone,” the local NBC affiliate reported. “Besides the extra police presence being dedicated to the Occupy Philly protests, other city departments have also incurred costs.”

In Seattle, police have so far billed $30,000 in overtime, and the parks department racked up nearly $4,000 in additional costs related to the protests there. Occupiers have blocked traffic, assaulted an officer and pitched illegal tents. Merchants in the area have been hurt as the riff-raff deter customers. One business owner in Westlake Park, where hundreds of protesters remain camped out, told Seattle TV station KIRO: “There’s definitely fewer people you can identify as people out, just walking through the area.”

Seattle’s pushover mayor, Democrat Mike McGinn, now faces even greater demands from the insatiable mob — which wants a “guaranteed parking space near City Hall Plaza that allows for around-the-clock parking,” “24-hour access to the first floor of City Hall for restroom access, and a written statement from the mayor approving the protesters’ long-term occupancy of City Hall Plaza.”

In Boston, City Council President Stephen Murphy anticipates a $2 million hit to taxpayers if the protests refuse to disband by the end of October. The local Fox affiliate notes the tab represents 8 percent of the yearly budget for police overtime. “While we’re all sympathetic with our protesters down there,” Murphy said, “Wall Street isn’t picking up the tab on this thing. It’s the Boston taxpayers.”

When fiscally conservative tea party activists held protests over the past two years, they filed for all the required permits and paid for their own power.

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  • mjazz

    Just pretend to be an illegal alien and go to a sanctuary city if you want free stuff.

  • Flipside

    The police like to provide the illusion that they have an infinite amount of personnel and control. They don’t have an infinite supply of money though. Boston generally doesn’t care if it passes on multimillion dollar costs to the taxpayers. Why start caring now?

  • tagalog

    The need for the park to be cleaned by entities other than the people who caused the filth to exist is ample evidence that the Occupy Wall Street folks and their ilk can't be expected to practice what they preach with regard to having respect for the environment. Also, they are expecting businesses, quite possibly -gasp!- EVIL CORPORATIONS, to do the cleaning up after them.

    Just like Mom cleaning their rooms for them 'way back three or four years ago when they were in high school.

  • rulierose

    this is really sad. is this what our country has come to? where city leaders acquiesce to unwashed freeloaders to "avoid conflict"? and this is the country I was expecting to stand up to Iran? yeah right.

    we've become a nation of wusses.

  • StephenD

    Ms. Malkin once again makes clear in no uncertain terms exactly what is happening. These selfish undisciplined spoiled kids are prime for a tyrant. They will be led to believe they have say over how this thing plays out when in fact, they’ll be following a scripted program…and not even know it. They are like little children being sent through a fun house at a carnival. Without realizing it they do exactly what is expected of them until, at the end, they are sent on their way; their usefulness depleted. The powers behind this “thing” called OWS is what concerns me. I hope to G_d we are keeping track of them and after the election in 2012 we expose them for what they are; Enemies of America.

    • jmc610

      I hope we make it to the elections…