Occupy San Diego has really been a blessing for those of us who enjoy fascinating—albeit degenerate—distractions.
Today I was walking to my office when I saw two (count them, two) protestors posted on the corner of 5th and B, in front of the Wells Fargo building. They were waving their signs at oncoming traffic…and, for whatever reason, they sought validation from me as I approached. (Boy, did they pick the wrong guy.)
One of them said, “Nice suit. It’s not 1 percent, is it?”
Their whole 99 percent vs. 1 percent dichotomy is obviously a fraud, but this statement just didn’t make any sense! I felt like being dismissive, so I just responded, “It sure is.”
They paused for a few seconds as I continued walking past them, and then they started shouting at me, “FOR SHAME! FOR SHAME!” I couldn’t really understand everything else they were shouting, but I did hear, “It’ll sure suck when they take away your Porsche!” I guess I need a 1 percent car to go with my 1 percent suit, right?
Naturally amused, I shouted back, “Nice army of two!” They weren’t so amused. In fact, they may still be shouting at me. Or maybe at some other guy they perceive to be “The Man.”
I’m not sure that I need to spell out the moral of this story, since it really speaks for itself. But, do keep a close eye on your Porsches.
Ryan T. Darby practices law in San Diego. He’s not among the wealthiest 1 percent, but he’s working on it.