Occupy Protest Hurts More Than Wall Street
The Occupy protesters who blocked entrances to West coast ports last week in retaliation against Wall Street businesses achieved what they were hoping for, attention for their cause. They also achieved something I’d like to think was not their intent, the interruption of an FFA program that delivers food for needy families. Trucks that were supposed to pick up produce donated by farmers in the Pacific Northwest were unable to get past protesters who blocked terminals; resulting in extra long hours of makeup time by the FFA students and community members who had already donated hundreds of man hours packing the 40,000 pounds of individually boxed produce that was affected. Others affected by the protesters include the truckers, dockworkers, rail workers, and others who don’t get paid when Occupy protester rallies block and shut down businesses. This was a perfect example of how good intentions and motives can go horribly wrong, especially when people don’t stop to think about the very real consequences of their actions, and who will ultimately be hurt and affected in the long run. The end results do not always justify the means.