The New York Post has a story on the proliferation of pilferers among the protesters:
Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.
“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.
“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”
Crafty cat burglars sneaked into the makeshift kitchen at Zuccotti Park overnight and swiped as much as $2,500 in donated greenbacks from right under the noses of volunteers who’d fallen asleep after a long day whipping up meals for the hundreds of hungry protesters, the volunteers said.
“The worst thing is there’s people sleeping in the kitchen when they come, and they don’t even know about it! There are some really smart and sneaky thieves here,” Terrie said.
“I had umbrellas stolen, a fold-up bed I brought because my back is bad — they took that, too!”
Eighteen-year-old Nan Terrie has my sympathy, but lordy, a $5,500 Mac for an (apparently) unemployed teenager? Do you know how hard it is to make what I’m presuming is a Mac notebook cost $5,500? We’re talking taking the absolute top end 17″ Macbook Pro model as a starting point and opting for every single upgrade available — the 2.3GHz quad-core chip, the 8GB of RAM, the $1,100 512GB solid-state hard drive, and throw in the anti-glare display — and even then you have to sign up for “AppleCare” and buy a warehouse-sized four terabyte external storage array just to get it up to $5,447.00, before taxes. And that’s a lot of scratch for a 99 percenter. Safe to assume she redistributed it from her parents?