Sunday, November 20, 2011

First, We Seize Their Mini-Bars!

This NY Post story is an instant classic. A couple of prominent Occupy Wall Street activists have been caught staying at, get this, the W Hotel. Cue "Animal Farm" analogies.

A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” The Post has learned. 
The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.

Sptizer is a 24-year old analyst from Deloitte who apparently hasn't grown up despite working for one of the world's biggest accounting and consulting firms. As it happens the late Free Will Father was a partner at Touche-Ross, one of Deloitte's predecessor firms. All I can say is that Switzer is lucky he wasn't starting out 30 years ago because he would have been able to ply his revolutionary schtick full time  once his bosses found out about this. Still, Switzer seems more of a goof than anything else.

The other guy, Dutro, is a member of the self-selected finance committee, which has managed to take control of OWS's finances. He is one of the leaders of this "leaderless" movement, which means he gets the girls and the graft while the proles are sleeping on paving stones.
Meanwhile, Dutro, 35, one of only a handful of OWS leaders in charge of the movement’s $500,000 in donations, checked in on Wednesday, the night after police emptied Zuccotti Park. 
While hundreds of his rebel brethren scrambled to find shelter in church basements, Dutro chose the five-star, 58-story hotel, with its lush rooms and 350-count Egyptian cotton sheets. He lives only a short taxi ride away in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. 
“I knew everything was going to be a clusterf--k in the morning,” he told The Post, alluding to Occupy’s own disruption plans. “How would I get over the bridge when they were shutting it down?” 
The tattoo artist-turned-Occupy money man took the elevator up to the fifth-floor welcome desk, where a disc jockey spins tunes and guests enjoy a vista of the growing freedom tower. 
He said he spent $500 of his own money to get the room because he wanted a good night’s rest ahead of the cause’s two-month ceremony the next day and raucous post-raid protests
Like any good leader, Dutro knows how to splash around some bills to distract from his own comforts.

And he claims he took care of comrades in less-comfortable digs. 
“I took food to all those churches,” he said. “I got them cigarettes.

Ever get the feeling you've been ripped off?

The Post also says that other General Assembly and OWS leaders have been staying at the W and the downtown Marriott. That's an explosive charge, if true, since it makes clear that someone out there is leading OWS, and making out semi-well from the exertions of the Occupiers. The story has been on-line all day. Not only that, every right-wing blog in creation has taken a moment to link and chortle over it. The reaction from OWS? A big fat nothing. Sometimes embarrassed silence speaks louder than words.

UPDATE: and don't forget the last big-shot leftist who got caught at a swanky NYC hotel.

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