Looks like Obama’s foot soldiers are doing their best to trash everything in their path. They’re be so much more useful if they got a job.
“All I heard was, ‘bang, bang, bang,’ and some dude had the valet sign, trying to break our window,” said Adam Koskoff, manager of the Locanda restaurant on Valencia. “I didn’t even see the crowd, and I ran outside and got egged.”
The vandals threw paint and eggs and smashed windows at more than 30 businesses, including Tartine Bakery at 18th and Guerrero streets and clothing store Weston Wear on Valencia.
Both luxury and everyday vehicles along Valencia and Guerrero streets were damaged. An Aston Martin had its windshield shattered, and brown paint covered the hood.
Pink and yellow paint marred the barricaded, cracked glass doors of the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets.
“It was like the station was under siege,” said an officer, who asked not to be named.
One person had been arrested as of 11 p.m., but details were not available.
About 15 officers in riot gear stood guard in front of the police station, as other officers moved up and down the street, documenting the damage, leaving cards on defaced cars and speaking to business owners.
Jeremy Tooker, owner of Four Barrel Coffee, was wiping paint off his store’s windows as broken glass crunched beneath pedestrians’ feet. He said a friend had alerted him of the damage after stopping a protester from smashing the glass storefront with a crowbar – and taking a hit to his arm.
“This just seems like they’re frustrated with their impotency at this point,” Tooker said. “It’s like, ‘Look at me, I’m still here, I’m still occupying.’ ”
As Koskoff smoked a cigarette by the damaged Aston Martin, he said he didn’t understand protesters’ motives.
“They’re coming through the Mission, where there aren’t any corporations, just a lot of small businesses, which is what they’re all about,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Although the march sprang from a rally for an Occupy action, other Occupy protesters shunned its participants as outliers. Some business people, however, said Occupy bore responsibility for the damage.
“Occupy is saying it’s not them, but we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Occupy, now would we?” Michelle Horneff-Cohen, a real estate broker, said as she shivered next to the broken window of her workplace, Property Management Systems.
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