Stacey Hessler, Florida banker's wife ditches family to join Occupy Wall Street protesters
You just knew when the NY Post ran this story the rightwing would be vilifying her in no time flat, and they haven't disappointed. The video from the NY Post above is a fairly straightforward telling of her story, despite the blaring title. Their reporting since then has been anything but.
A married mother of four from Florida ditched her family to become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park -- keeping the park clean by day and keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn.
“I’m not planning on going home,” an unapologetic Stacey Hessler, 38, told The Post yesterday.
“I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever,” said Hessler, whose home in DeLand sits 911 miles from the tarp she’s been sleeping under.
Hessler -- who ironically is married to a banker -- arrived 12 days ago and planned to stay for a week, but changed her plans after cozying up to some like-minded radicals, including Rami Shamir, 30, a waiter at a French bistro in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
She swears she’s not romantically involved with her new friend.
The most incredible part of all of this, according to people who find all of this incredible, is that her husband is a banker. The odds! Fox News, who picked up the Post's story, says that Hessler is "keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn."
The following are a series of colorful terms and adjectives from the Post article used to describe Hessler, who will clearly inspire your wife to leave you and live in a park with a Brooklyn waiter:
"Self-described 'vegan freak'"
"Into dreadlocks, roller derby and 'unschooling' her kids"
"Acts like a self-obsessed college sophomore"
"Middle-aged flower child"
Boasted of "California-style beliefs."
California-style beliefs, we assume, are beliefs about cucumber, crabmeat, and avocado.
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