While the “useful idiots” of Occupy protesters sleep on hard concrete in tent encampments infested with rats, lice, garbage, tuberculosis, and human excrement, at least two of their leaders are sleeping in a $700-a-night hotel.
Candice M. Giove reports for The New York Post, Nov. 20, 2011, that New York city’s luxurious $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” hosted two OWS elites last week.
One of the two is former tattoo-artist Peter Dutro, 35, a member of the OWS’s powerful finance committee in charge of the movement’s $500,000 in donations.
Dutro checked into the hotel on Wednesday, the night after police emptied Zucotti Park. While hundreds of his rebel brethren scrambled to find shelter in church basements, Dutro chose the five-star, 58-story hotel, with its lush rooms and 350-count Egyptian cotton sheets, although he lives only a short taxi ride away in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
When confronted by the NY Post in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel, Dutro confessed that “Tents are not for me. I knew everything was going to be a clusterf–k in the morning,” alluding to Occupy’s own disruption plans. “How would I get over the bridge when they were shutting it down? I knew . . . there was a high probability of getting arrested. I wanted a nice room. That’s OK. Not everybody there is dirt poor.”
He paid for his stay with his American Express card: “It is an expensive hotel. Whatever.” He said he spent $500 of his own money to get the room because he wanted a good night’s rest ahead of the cause’s two-month ceremony the next day and raucous post-raid protests.
He claims he chose the W for its convenience, not its luxury. “I’m not in the business of throwing money away,” he said. “It’s the only room I could find.” Sources in the hotel, however, describe him as a “repeat” guest.
Dutro claims he took care of comrades in less-comfortable digs: “I took food to all those churches. I got them cigarettes.”
The tattoo artist-turned-Occupy money man then took the elevator up to the fifth-floor welcome desk, where a disc jockey spins tunes and guests enjoy a vista of the growing freedom tower.
The other OWS protester who stayed in the swanky W Hotel Downtown is Brad Spitzer, 24, an associate (financial analyst) at California-based financial-services giant Deloitte, who secretly took part in OWS protests in Zucotti Park during a week-long business trip to Manhattan. Deloitte netted $29 billion in revenue last year. Reportedly, Spitzer offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.
Clueless about the inherent contradiction between his work and his OWS protests, as well as his own hypocrisy, Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt, said, “I’m staying here [the hotel] for work. I do finance, but I support it [OWS] still.”
During his stay, hotel sources said, he and other ragtag revolutionaries he brought into the hotel lived like 1 percenters. He would order up a roll-out bed to accommodate guests. “He’s here all the time,” a hotel source said. “We all see him at the protest.”
Spitzer denied sheltering Occupiers. He claimed he only invited in a blogger buddy living at the park to wash off his camp grime.
Rooms in the W Hotel Downtown have 37-inch flat-screen TVs, window seats overlooking the city and iPod-dock alarm clocks. Visitors can order 12-year-old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle, or an $18 pastrami sandwich, from room service. There’s even a menu for four-legged guests, including a $16 dog dish of Niman Ranch ground beef.
Occupiers told The Post that they witnessed other General Assembly and group leaders stay in both the W Downtown and the Marriott Hotel — and said that key players were not present when cops stormed Zuccotti.
OWS leaders like Peter Dutro are really no less a hypocrite than the politicians (Obama, Pelosi, Al Gore) and celebrities (Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, et al) — all one-percenters multimillionaires — who say they support the movement.
Deloitte (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited), the employer of Brad Spitzer, is one of the Big Four accountancy firms along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
Deloitte is the second largest professional services network in the world, with 182,000 employees in more than 150 countries providing audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services. In FY 2011, Deloitte earned a record $28.8 billion in revenues, ranking second behind PwC’s record $29.2 billion.
Deloitte‘s global headquarters is located in Paramount Plaza, in Midtown Manhattan, which definitely makes the company a Wall Street One Percenter.
I’m sure Deloitte’s chairman, Stephen Almond, and its CEO, Barry Saltzberg, would love to hear from you about what one of its valued employees is doing in Zucotti Park. Here’s Deloitte’s contact info:
New York, New York 10019-6754 USA
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