You may have heard that the Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to Darien, and that the police are planning on some serious overkill. In case you haven’t, here’s a little summary courtesy of the Darien News:
Police say the planned Occupy Darien demonstration at Tilley Pond Park on Wednesday and Thursday will cost town taxpayers more than $10,000 in police overtime.
It was only a matter of time before those protesters realized the way to really piss of Wall Streeters is to muddy up their hometowns with unsightly tent villages, and the unwashed masses. (You’ll never see one of those guys at Bonnaroo…or even Gathering of the Vibes.) But you should see what these no-goodnick protestors are up to! Those rebels went and got themselves a permit that says they can use Tilley Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. THE NERVE!
I could list all the strange and courteous responses to the protestors contained in the article, or the weirdly polite statements from the protestors… but that bores me. I’m more interested in the cops: $10k in overtime? Are you serious? WTF are the Darien police doing between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. that a few regular-duty officers can’t be spared to make keep an eye on “15 vegetarians with sinus infections“?
Basically I think it is all a ploy to get the people of Darien (pronounced like Maryanne, please consult your Tales of the City) riled up over their tax money going to control the protestors… which is, of course, absurd. $10,000 is like a month’s property tax on a Darien mansion. My heart hardly bleeds for them.