One question that people having been asking since the occupation of Zuccotti Park lasted longer than a weekend is, how long? How much longer, ballpark, will the Wall Street protesters stay camped out? Will the December chill drive them out? Will a January filled with sleet and snow that a certain someone will conveniently forget to remove do it? According to Stacey Hessler, not on her watch. The Florida resident, mother of four, and wife of a financial services employee named Curtis says she’s gotten comfortable.

“I’m not planning on going home,” an unapologetic Stacey Hessler, 38, told The Post yesterday. “I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever,” said Hessler, whose home in DeLand sits 911 miles from the tarp she’s been sleeping under.

And sorry, she’s not sorry. For those giving Stacey shit (her mom, husband, children, strangers), if you think she can just walk away, think again. Her place is here, in New York, with her new roommate, at the empathy table.

Hessler arrived 12 days ago and planned to stay for a week, but changed her plans after cozying up to some like-minded radicals, including Rami Shamir, 30, a waiter at a French bistro in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. She swears she’s not romantically involved with her new friend. Yesterday was a typical day for the pair, who woke up at 8 a.m. on their little patch of paving stone near the communal kitchen and dashed off to Trinity Church to wash up. Hessler emerged an hour later, her brown hair in dreadlocks, wearing a T-shirt depicting Han Solo and Princess Leia kissing, and bearing the slogan “Make Love Not War.” She got coffee and a granola bar from the protest kitchen before sorting laundry for two hours. At around 11 a.m. yesterday, Hessler moved from laundry duty to park cleanup — a four-hour detail from which she broke just once to give a troubled protester a hug at the “empathy table.”

Hessler has spoken with her family — husband Curtiss, 42; son Peyton, 17; and daughters Kennedy 15, Sullivan, 13, and Veda, 7 — just three times since leaving them. “Friends are taking care of them,” she said. Not everyone has supported her decision. “My mother told me I was being very selfish,” she admitted. And her husband, a former Bank of America financial adviser who now works at a local Florida bank, is perplexed. “He says he’s working for ‘the Man,’ and I’m fighting against him,” she said.

To which Stacey says she tells him: “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad? I’m fighting for a better world.”

Florida banker’s wife left family to join Wall Street protesters [NYP]

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  1. Posted by Guess | October 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    "selfless protester actually quite selfish"


  2. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    lesson to be learned: this is why you do not marry a 21 year old, and have kids.

    this has been 17 years in the making, all she needed was some BS excuse to ditch.

  3. Posted by Hungry Intern | October 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    38yr old with a 17yr old son…I am not sure what more I can or should say.

  4. Posted by Bang Brothers! | October 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Stacey! Call us, we have a position for you!

  5. Posted by BAC to be with me... | October 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Geez, your stock goes to $6. Your wife hooks up with some dude(s) in a public park. Brian M is dispensing NO love. Curtiss, go to Zuccotti and get that wife back. Slightly used of course but (almost) good as new.

  6. Posted by MCP | October 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Uh hello, Han Solo and Leia were on the same team.


  7. Posted by derp | October 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    She had a kid when she was 21.

  8. Posted by PFC Nelson | October 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    We appreciate the solidarity.

  9. Posted by Dr_Rosenrose | October 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Another lesson learned: OF COURSE the artsy hippie chick is a great fuck and fun to be around, especially because she'll recommend you try the weird sexual shit you were only thinking, but you DO NOT marry her! Come on Curtiss.

  10. Posted by Rami | October 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Just the tip, just the tip.

    – The Ramister

  11. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM
  12. Posted by Nailz6 | October 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Leaving Florida to live with hipsters in complete filth is the NKI

  13. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    yeah, Rami "the Ram" definitely got game.

  14. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | October 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    She smells so regal in that patchouli.

  15. Posted by Lord Humongous | October 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Fucking whore

    – Curtiss

  16. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | October 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Also, 911 miles? The terrorists have truly won.

  17. Posted by ShortNaked | October 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I think I might hit it….after a bath

  18. Posted by Downtown | October 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Full moon. Under a tarp. Under the empathy table. Drum circle banging. So are we.

  19. Posted by Nostril Ninja | October 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Is that Brian Boitano?

    -10 lines of oxy is prolly too much for this time of day

  20. Posted by ShortNaked | October 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    they're not kids they're fuck trophies

  21. Posted by Guesty | October 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Um, hi, honey? Um, the laundry is starting to pile up and there's nothing in the fridge. Just sayin'

  22. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    This explains my name now – oh and mom – I hate you. Hippy freak.

    – Veda

  23. Posted by CoveredLong | October 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Free empathy – that's a bit extreme considering empathy's doing 25 to life.

  24. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Shamir Nana… Naga… Not gonna work here anymore anyway!

  25. Posted by Soopy | October 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Doing it with Ram Solo in Zuccotti is the NKI.

  26. Posted by Gozer | October 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Curtiss should have bought her that brand new Hoover

  27. Posted by Sol&Rhoda are pissed | October 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Long Island > Florida (and not the good part either) > marrying a BAC Branch banker > motherhood > Zuccotti Park. She is really trying to piss off her parents.

  28. Posted by Waxing Specialist | October 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Can you imagine the bush…she's sleeping next to?

  29. Posted by Hedgie | October 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Not good as new. She's been used & abused. Humped & Dumped!

    By me!

    Top 1% hedge-funder!

  30. Posted by Bing | October 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    She'd be perfect for our new movie!

    -Bangbusters OWS director

  31. Posted by Banker | October 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I wanna learn her "weird sexual shit".

    P.S. sexual shit means anal-sex, right?

  32. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    If he was a CFA it wouldn't have happened.

    – CFA Level IV

  33. Posted by Rasta | October 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    After seeing her dreadlocks I can only dream of her bush… down under…

    Whose up for an oral?

  34. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    hit it with a rolled up newspaper..

  35. Posted by Touch Base Later | October 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Ram-me! Ram-me!

  36. Posted by Touch Base Later | October 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    MySpace? What's next showing his Friendster profile?

  37. Posted by dot, not feather | October 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    cutoff shorts, a medallion, and fuck me boots is all the rage in Cobble Hill, it would seem

  38. Posted by davidrusso | October 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    not many cuckholds have the comfort of knowing the dude banging their wife is also changing the world.

    so he has that going for him…which is nice.

  39. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Quick quiz, which of the following will still be around in a year?

    1) Zuccotti Park protest and a waiter from Brooklyn

    2) Your biological children and your legally married spouse

    3) Neither of the above

  40. Posted by inlovewithpmco | October 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    PMCO heading down to Zuccotti park?

  41. Posted by Foot-Long | October 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    The tip of my dick, right?

  42. Posted by Spanishmoon | October 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    “I have no idea what the future holds"………..

    We do:

    1) Antibiotics
    2) Divorce
    3) Another fucking mortgage default

  43. Posted by Guest-ee-cue-los | October 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Talked to her kids 3 times in last 12 days… "I know my kids are alright and that they will be fine."

    Please forward us your resume.

    – Bear Stearns Risk Mgmt

  44. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM


  45. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Mother of the year…

  46. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Now that the protesters have discovered she's a banker's wife, banging her in public will becone a rite of passage. Oh the shame!

  47. Posted by Billy Yank | October 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Don't you mean leaving filth to live with with hipsters in complete filth?

  48. Posted by leftcoast | October 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    dreadlocks at 38? nuff said.

  49. Posted by Casey Anthony | October 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Some fucking people…

  50. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Ram-bro: remember me as a motherfucker!

  51. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Zuccotti park landing strip done with no-pest strip method of waxing! The NKI!

  52. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM


  53. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad? I’m fighting for a better world.”

    Risking your life dodging RPG's = sorting laundry and playing slap and tickle with Rami = better world

  54. Posted by guesticles | October 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Well that expains everything.

  55. Posted by Charlie Sheen | October 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    the kids must be doing as good as mine!

  56. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Editor's update: now lover, Rami Shamir, and soon to be ex-husband Curtiss…

  57. Posted by Sleeper | October 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    “Friends are taking care of them,” she said.

    Define irony: A person who is vehemently protesting a lack of responsibility and bailouts while at the same time showing a lack of responsibility and having to be bailed out by friends…

  58. Posted by ahahah | October 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Oh no… Sorry Curtis(s). I know you were a B of A FA and you may or may not spell your name with an unnecessary extra 's' but no one deserves to be cuckolded by a white guy in capri's and a medallion…

  59. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    It means you and 3 other smell hippy guys stuff her with free love.

  60. Posted by Bologna Sandy | October 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Mom – Dad has been ranting about some rash since the last time you called home.

  61. Posted by FKApmco | October 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    I was there last week…I came home with sleeping bag bed bugs which was as total bummer. I did get a nice bin liner dress, though.

  62. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    We got her locked up already.

    -Puccokki Park producer

  63. Posted by Castor | October 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    would you really be proud you fucked that?

  64. Posted by Strunk & White Bro | October 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I don't think "irony" is the correct term, bro.

  65. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Odds on her ending up at Scores with a waitress position after starvation and winter set-in 2 months from now 24:1. Odds on one of the daughters ends up at Scores after comming to NYC to search for her missing mother in a 5 years 5:1. Burning your bridges to the comfortable suburban lifestyle NOT the NKI!

  66. Posted by Sleeper | October 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Thanks, dude.

  67. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Here try some of this Chronic Weed, it will take the bite off the cold out here…………..

  68. Posted by Silly goose | October 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Hmmmmmm…no wedding band in that photo. Sorry Curtiss.

  69. Posted by 2whale2whale | October 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Add tag: bitches

  70. Posted by DSK | October 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    I'd tap that

  71. Posted by bluehorseshoe | October 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    The ladies of zucotti park call me The Ram Man, but you can call me Fresh Mlk.

    -R. Shamir

  72. Posted by guesticles | October 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Veda – "Employee of the Month"

    – Beamers Nov, 2022

  73. Posted by ShortNaked | October 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Dear 1%,
    You've got 99 problems and this bitch is 1


  74. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Waitresses from Florida>Waiters from Brooklyn

    Have the last laugh Curtiss. Step 1, start hanging with Tiger.

  75. Posted by eddy | October 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I got a piece of that action myself.

    1% commodities broker

  76. Posted by eddy | October 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    and they made big-time war, and won!

  77. Posted by Rahodeb | October 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    He can't afford it. According to brokercheck on, Curt worked at BAC starting in 1999 but only got his Series 6 and 63 (no 7) in 2007. That makes him a teller-cum-personal banker – one of the ones by the front door ready to set a new PIN for your debit card and/or order you a new checkbook.

    That also makes this statement particularly funny:

    “He says he’s working for ‘the Man,’ and I’m fighting against him,” she said.

    Um, challenge.

  78. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    How much would you pay if the NYPD would deck you out in full riot gear, pepper spray and tazer included and turn you losse William Wallace style on these hipsters? Say the city auctioned off 500 such slots, so you'd have plenty of riot gear clad backup, and the NYPD would be on standby in case you got in trouble. Legal impunity of course. No charges, and no lawsuits. How much would you pay for one of those slots?

  79. Posted by guesticles | October 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    1 million dollars!

    – Dr. Evil

  80. Posted by Bandersnatch | October 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    I'm from Buenos Aires and I say kill 'em all!

  81. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Don't get many opportunities to quote Starship Troopers, but maybe, just maybe, this is one…

  82. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM


  83. Posted by Bring It | October 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    You douchebags couldn't get laid in a woman's prison with an armful of Marlboros.

  84. Posted by guest is a dork | October 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM


  85. Posted by Truth | October 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Nothing, because it's retarded to worry about when others have children.

  86. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM


  87. Posted by Not Impressed | October 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Oh really? You don't worry when other peoples' kids grow up into violent, card-bearing Aryan Nation members with abandonment issues?

    For fuck's sake, Florida isn't a different plant. It's connected to the rest of the US by land.

  88. Posted by Nocryingingolf | October 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    $3000 , the same as I would have to be paid to watch "Eat, Drink, Pray"

  89. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    curtiss, don't take it out on me. i'm just keeping it real.

  90. Posted by guest | October 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I prefer to hunt animals that DON'T want to get caught. These protesters all want nothing more than to claim the mantle of victim.

  91. Posted by Bing | October 21, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    you know you've hit rock bottom when your wife leaves you, your kids and wonderful life in the Florida surburbs to bang and live with a NYC homeless person

  92. Posted by Dave Navarre | October 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Driving, it's more like 1050 miles, while as the crow flies, it's just under 900 miles.

    So, choosing 911 was intentional, not likely accurate.

  93. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    wonderful life in the Florida surburbs = oxymoron

  94. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Very true. But bringing back the volunteer auxiliary riot police would be satisfying on some level.

  95. Posted by Not Impressed | October 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    When is Bravo going to put "Housewives of Occupy Wall Street" on the air?

  96. Posted by Office Space Fan | October 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Curtiss – somewhere, something shorted out.

    I'm guessing it's somewhere between landing the hot chick and naming your firstborn after a football player, and your youngest being named from Hindu vegetarian dietetic requirements.

    Take a look in the mirror – then hit Miami and try to bang a bartender with a belly button ring.

  97. Posted by Office Space Fan | October 21, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    …and spit-shining R. Shamir's tackle after he's done swabbing it down with antibiotic hand cleaner is quite empathetic. And not necessarily romantic.

  98. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Women with dreads are the fucking rake.

  99. Posted by Guest | October 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Rule: don't marry Marxist Jewesses. Hell, just don't marry Jewesses period.

  100. Posted by bogey4 | October 21, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    "legal impunity(?)" Good one ! I see what you did there. Oh, you meant immunity? Even better joke then!

  101. Posted by Broheem | October 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Looks flat as hell…you're better off Curtis

  102. Posted by Slim | October 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    You are all being really judgmental. You don't know her. You don't know her family. All you know are a few random comments written in an article. Comments that can be taken and spun in any number of ways. Please take this article and the portrayal of this woman for what it is worth. Watch your words for you are ruining someone's life.

  103. Posted by Guest5 | October 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    I can't really see how a bunch of comments from the self-indulgent commentariat of a financial blog are ruining anybody's life.

  104. Posted by bobo | October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Curtiss added the last s for "sucker"

  105. Posted by spotlight sought | October 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Reality check: She gave an interview to the Post. Train coming! Whoo-whoo! You have to expect this if you make the choices she made. In what way are they changing the world again?

  106. Posted by Dr_Rosenrose | October 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    This is one of the best comments I've ever read.

  107. Posted by Ummm | October 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    911? She's worse than the fucking Octo-Mum. What would posses this cunt to even say something like this? Yeah, I'm sure she's saving the world, saving the cheerleader.

    Fucking cunt

  108. Posted by toaster | October 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    R frontal lobotomies covered by Obamacare?

  109. Posted by J Rayn | October 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I have now read different variations of this false information that is being spread from the original fiction writer from NYpost and I am completely disgusted at the slander that these liars from nypost and other sources have put in their articles! She is a real human with a family that have probably read the articles and these horrible comments about her!!! Luckily they know different, unfortunately it still hurts because it has made me cry and I am not even her family!! Stacey is the most dedicated mother I have ever met! She is in charge of a bee keeping club, which her children and other family's children go to a market to sell honey and other handcrafted goods as a learning experience. Some of their products are sold in locally owned small businesses around town. She goes to roller derby with 2 of her daughters to support them and to participate in a sport WITH them, she participates in plays with her children, she is in charge of a home school group and conducts several meetings with local home schooling families weekly so that the children have "socialization" and additional learning opportunities. She has meetings with people including her older daughters to set goals and create a positive mindset and she finds ways to accomplish those goals….. She does other things too, so much I can't keep up with it all and she is constantly making more plans that will not only enrich her kid's lives but those of others' and the community!
    The media are using her because of her appearance. This article PROVES that in our country, APPEARANCE means more then true CHARACTER!!!! She has a look that matches the way that they want others to perceive those that are occupying wall street! She doesn't LOOK like a typical American with her hair style and clothing…. Just because she is not at home and happens to be seen with a man, that means she is sleeping with him???? No adult woman with children is allowed to leave their home with out the entire family and if they do it means they are never to return??? So they take what they can and turn it into something sinister so that people can be judgmental about all the wall street occupiers. She is a very creative minded person and walking into her home you see the love that she has for her children. It is filled with beautiful art and activities that they have done together inside her home and outside. The media have created a story out of their own deranged minds to fuel people that will believe whatever they read if it sounds like something horrible so that they can spread the negativity and I am so disappointed in people for that because now I have seen it first hand and I do know the truth.

  110. Posted by Sleepy | October 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM


  111. Posted by Chaucer | October 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Actually, it is.

  112. Posted by Guest | October 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    She's not participating in Doctors Without Borders nor serving any reasonable cause. The woman chose to leave her family to sleep in a park and support a movement that has no conscious idea as to what it wants to move/ achieve. Sounds to me like its a deranged woman with priorities out of whack. And… it was her own words in the interview she participated where she stated she had no plans to return home. Cry all you want and bitch about the media portrayal – the woman walked out on her family and that's what speaks to her character.

  113. Posted by Mr Pink | October 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Boo hoo – i got two words for that: learn to fuckin' type, 'cause if you're expecting me to help out with the rent you're in for a big fuckin' surprise.

  114. Posted by Terrorists have won | October 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    OWS = Terror Cells in your backyard

  115. Posted by dirty_dirty_harry | October 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Blaming wallstreet is to blame the West. De rigueur.

    (India/China 7-9% growth: US/Europe 1-2% growth.)

    The protestors are mimicking an official narrative; blame the West. Others support the narrative while appearing to support the protestors. (standard behavior – mimicking authority.)

    Elevate emerging markets, degrade the West.

    The economic is established, there’s no reform. Alpha authority no longer queues once standing order has been affirmed with a new arbitrary (years ago now).

    Generally people are seeking the confidence and encouragement from authoritative stage, seeking alpha. They won’t receive that encouragement. They’re in an infinite loop. (Adults don’t need encouragement, juveniles need it. Adult juvenile psych is common across the spectrum. Know who’s who.)

    Summary: AlecBaldwin is a whore.

  116. Posted by Guest | October 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Kill yourself.

  117. Posted by Saul | October 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    What a lame post. Still, Stacey sucks way more than you. I am sure her 7 year old fully appreciates mom' s great sacrifice. What a self-absorbed a- hole.

  118. Posted by Herb | October 23, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Einstein had physics, Babe Ruth played baseball, and this guy trolls internet comment boards.

    Epic, outstanding troll. BRAV-FUCKING-O.

    / seriously: a fucking bee-keeping club?

  119. Posted by Dead Milkman | October 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    The only thing in my backyard is a big lizard.