We have all heard a lot about the filthy and degraded conditions in which the left-wing Occupiers have been living in various cities around the world. From New York, a report on the conditions that finally caused Mayor Bloomberg to sweep the Occupiers out of Zuccotti Park:
An administration source insisted that Bloomberg gave the go-ahead to roust the protesters because of “an accumulation of things” — including concerns that the park became a firetrap and that protesters were planning to build wooden structures to prepare for winter.
But sources familiar with Bloomberg’s decision said he also was concerned with public health.
Scabies and lice recently cropped up among those sleeping in Zuccotti Park — and there were concerns that the infestations would grow even worse, said a law-enforcement source.
There also was an increasing numbers of lung ailments caused by constant smoking and the chilly nighttime temperatures, medics who worked on the scene confirmed.
And what did sanitation workers find when they had to sift through the tents and other property left behind after police cleared the park?
City sanitation workers yesterday were forced to pick through a filthy pile of property seized from Zuccotti Park including dirty hypodermic needles, moldy food and glass-littered, broken gadgets.
“I pick up garbage [for a living], and these were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,’’ one worker grumbled to The Post.
About 150 trashmen stuffed the massive pile of soiled tents, old bikes and spoiling food into dump trucks — 26 loads in all — and hauled it to a West 57th Street Sanitation facility so that workers could begin sorting the personal goods from garbage. …
As 10 unlucky Sanitation workers sorted the trash from reclaimable goods, they steered clear of a sealed pickle bucket which they suspected was filled with human waste. Among the trash were clothes, suitcases, papers, plywood, books, laptop computers, smeared peanut-butter jars, cables, wire and shoes.
It seems fair to say that the Occupiers represent everything that is worst about American life. Here is the mound of trash they left behind: