Manhattan Business Owner Terrorized By Occupiers: “It’s Unbelievable What Goes On In Here Every Day”

Posted by on Nov 08, 2011 at 9:39 am
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Good thing New York City’s got a real law-and-order mayor.

A business owner near the Occupy Wall Street encampment claims she has been repeatedly harassed and threatened with bodily harm by protesters after she and her employees refused to give in to their outlandish demands.

“I’ve been told, ‘Watch your back!’ 10 times,” Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, located across from Zuccotti Park, told The Post yesterday.

She and her employees are terrified by the constant threats, which she said began after she demanded the protesters stop using her shop’s restroom as a place to bathe every day.

The final straw came about two weeks ago, when the demonstrators broke a bathroom sink, flooding the shop, and clogged the toilet — setting her back $3,000 in damages.

She put up a sign that said the bathroom was out of order, but they tore it down shortly afterward, she said.

“I have the police in here 10 times a day, [and] I’m the bouncer. I’ve been called the spawn of the devil. “It’s unbelievable what goes on in here every day, ” Tzortzatos said.

And on Friday, she said, a crazed squatter burst into the shop and demanded that workers fill a 10-gallon container of water.

When they refused, “he banged it on the ground and started yelling” and threatened the staff, she said.

“He said he was entitled to have it for free.”

Tzortzatos said the unsafe conditions begin at around 5 p.m. every day, when “they come from the park drunk, under the influence of something.

“They use one of our doorways as a bathroom, and we have to scrub it down every morning.

“I’ve had people come in here and yell, ‘Boycott! Boycott!’

“They unplugged my ATM machine and plugged in their computers,” Tzortzatos said.

Another businessman, who complained to The Post about the squatters’ behavior last week, said yesterday that the situation has since deteriorated, adding, “You don’t know the half of it.”

Good times. Remember, the  Democrats proudly own this movement, although I’ve noticed they’re not so up front about it any longer. Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to remind them.

Business in the are should expect even more human debris today as 60s retread David Crosby shows up to serenade the masses.

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13 Responses to “Manhattan Business Owner Terrorized By Occupiers: “It’s Unbelievable What Goes On In Here Every Day””

  1. BeckoningChasm on 8/08/11 at 10:50 am

    I note that these freaks have enough money to buy tattoos. Yet, “the Rich” spend money on frivolous stuff.

    I have to say, JWF guys, I’m glad you have a website but I’m not crazy about the “bite-sized” article previews. Any way to have full articles on the front page? Yeah I know, I’m just lazy…

  2. SiM on 8/08/11 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats on the ‘new’ look!

    Concerning OWS occupiers and Panini & Co…

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

  3. deadrody on 8/08/11 at 12:30 pm

    Why not get an ACTUAL bouncer ? Sure, I know, it costs money, but for one thing, I bet regular patrons would be willing to chip into a tip jar to pay for the peace and quiet and second, think of the entertainment value!!!

  4. bitterclinger on 8/08/11 at 12:36 pm

    She needs a shotgun to rack when they walk in the door. It worked for that guy in San Fran.

  5. Uncle Monkey on 8/08/11 at 12:48 pm

    Hey, great look and THANKS for finally getting rid of the previous comments requiring google/yahoo/facebook etc.

    Tired of lurking…

  6. the wolf on 8/08/11 at 1:01 pm

    This is why lawless liberals love gun control. How long do you suppose this type of behavior would have lasted if she capped the first jackass to act out? It’s clear the police and politicians aren’t going to do anything about it. What’s left?

  7. Arn on 8/08/11 at 4:00 pm

    This is a comic fake-news website, like a The Onion for the Right, right? Not bad. Keep trying. Don’t give up your day job just yet.

  8. Gmac on 8/08/11 at 4:37 pm

    What that shop owner needs is a nice Louisville Slugger. One or two whacks with that will harsh even the highest buzz those free loading thugs are running.

    PS… The new site is fantastic, loads fast, looks great!