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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Hoping For 5-Star Meals This Weekend Will Have To Occupy A Restaurant, Says Cooking Staff

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Earlier this week, we discussed a civil war brewing inside Occupy Wall Street, between those who are pro-drum circle bangings and those who are decidedly not, preferring their brethren pipe down, lest the neighbors be furthered annoyed by the racket. Now, according to the Post, the protesters are fighting another internal battle, this one over food. Specifically, the cooking staff has had it with the "vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day" for the free breakfasts, lunches, dinners and sometimes snacks. Yesterday, kitchen volunteers "refused to serve any food for two hours" (and served sub-par offerings at other times), after Rafael Moreno charged the group with "limiting the amount of food we're putting out to curb the influx of derelicts" and starting tomorrow, they'll be really cranking up the heat.

For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad. Today, a limited menu of sandwiches, chips and some hot food will be doled out -- so legitimate protesters will have a day to make arrangements for more upscale weekend meals. Protesters got their first taste of the revolt within the revolt yesterday when the kitchen staff served only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips after their staff meeting.

If this weekend's initiative doesn't prove effective, the cooks are prepared to take more drastic measures. “We’re not going to let some members of this community destroy the whole movement,” a volunteer said.

Occupy Wall Street kitchen staff protesting fixing food for freeloaders [NYP]