Did Occupy San Diego Throw Urine And Blood On Street Carts?
The Occupy protests, as we all know by now, claim to represent the 99% of Americans who aren't the wealthiest in the nation. Among that 99%, it's probably safe to count street vendors, who sometimes hawk their wares in the wee hours of the morning, at times among rowdy crowds, and likely don't bring home thousands of dollars from doing so.
That being said, it's a little tough to imagine that Occupiers would turn on such purveyors of streetside delights, but according to CBS News, that's exactly what happened in San Diego.
The article reports that two carts, one selling coffee and one selling hot dogs, parked themselves in the middle of the Civic Center Plaza in early October to provide free food to protesters. When they then stopped giving the goods away, cart owners Linda Jenson and Letty and Pete Soto say that Occupiers turned on them. Their movable shops have allegedly been robbed and vandalized with graffiti, and protesters have thrown blood and urine on their carts.
The reports were verified by San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, but apparently no arrests have been made, nor have any protesters been fingered in the alleged vandalism.
A fundraiser is being held in the Gas Lamp District to help the vendors clean up their carts, or replace them if need be.