- Last Updated: 4:59 AM, September 18, 2012
- Posted: 12:41 AM, September 18, 2012
Occupy Wall Street turned 1 yesterday — and the protesters sure acted like a bunch of babies.
From temper tantrums to taunting cops with doughnuts, the demonstrators who descended on the Financial District allowed their infantile antics to overshadow any message against corporate greed.
The rallies, which attracted hundreds, were an attempt to revive the grassroots movement that turned Zuccotti Park into a squalid encampment of the disaffected for two months last year in protest of the elite “1 percent.”
But many of yesterday’s participants — aiming to shut Wall Street — spent the day provoking cops.
Two men were spotted holding rods dangling doughnuts from fishing lines near the off-limits New York Stock Exchange.
Others set up a doughnut-laden table with a sign that read, “NYPD Welcome Center: Thank You For Shutting Down Wall St!”
At times, the jeers were simply outbursts of, “F--k the police!”
To honor the OWS anniversary, some demonstrators donned kiddie party hats and sang “Happy Birthday” while playing kazoos.
Others wore costumes — from ballerina tutus to President Obama masks — and tossed gold glitter on NYPD officers.
The child-like behavior brought at least one mother to the scene.
Returning to the fray was Stacey Hessler — the “Runaway Mom” who ditched her banker husband and four kids in Florida to join the movement last year and shack up with a Brooklyn waiter.
Still in dreadlocks, Hessler, 39, tempted fate by partaking in the rallies. Another arrest could invalidate her no-jail plea deal from previous resisting-arrest and obstructing-traffic charges.
She refused to be interviewed when approached by The Post.
There were 181 arrests at the latest count, most for disorderly conduct or blocking traffic, cops said.
The “occupiers” did succeed in making getting around miserable. Cops erected barricades on Wall Street, forcing area workers to show company IDs to pass through the metal gates.
“Stupid people. What a bunch of lazy bastards,” said Wall Street worker Susanah Corey after being yelled at by an OWS supporter.
Jackie Marrone, 22, fumed that she couldn’t get to her local Wall Street subway station.
“It’s kind of frustrating that I can’t even walk down my own streets,” she said.
Carolyn Finn, 53, who works in the insurance industry, was perplexed by the protesters massing outside Zuccotti Park.
“I have a son who just graduated college and can’t find a job and he’s not here. He has better things to do,” she said.
Despite shouts of, “We are the 99 percent,” and incessant drumming, trading was not disrupted.
Throughout the day, groups attempted to “occupy” banks.
About 150 tried to enter Goldman Sachs’ headquarters on West Street but were turned back by cops. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Liberty Street and the Broadway branches of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase were also targeted for protests.
“I think the important thing is showing that Americans are still outraged,” OWS organizer Logan Price said. “I hope this is a shot in the arm.”
Additional reporting by Jessica Simeone and David K. Li