Published On: Mon, Dec 5th, 2011

‘Robin Hood’ protesters in New York sue for stolen pizza and soda

There were 8 ‘Robin Hoods’ arrested during an act of civil disobedience last week, and they are now demanding $30 restitution from the NYPD for two stolen large pizzas, and two bottles of soda.

These protesters, dressed in green, speaking in English accents,(the 13th century ‘steal-from-the-rich, give-to-the-poor’ routine)– marched on New York City Hall Thursday in a joint effort between Occupy Wall Street, Vocal-NY and World AIDS Day organizers.

From a Housing Works press release:

…NYPD officers at Manhattan’s 7th Precinct did not give [the Robin Hoods] dinner, as they are required to do. Instead, the cops at the precinct punished them by eating two large pizzas that had been sent by the activists’ supporters.

The pizzas were two large cheese pies from the revered pizzeria Mini Munchies, which earned four and half stars on menupages.com

The NYPD malfeasance did not stop there–the Robin Hoods also say that the cops drank the 1 liter bottles of Sprite and Coke that were sent to accompany the pizzas. Moreover, the NYPD did not offer the thirsty Robins water and went so far as to tell them that the vending machines were completely sold out of water and soda.

“We could see the empty pizza boxes in the trash, and the empty plastic bottles,” said Charles “Robin Hood” King, President and CEO of Housing Works, in a near-perfect British accent. “We confronted the officers at the precinct about stealing the pizzas and they just smiled and laughed at us and didn’t deny it.”

The police later offered to buy the emerald clad protesters two more pies but the dissenters said: “We weren’t touching their dirty pizza. We knew it was cheesy hush money. But some day I will have a bite of Mini Munchies, God as my witness.”

The Huffington Post describes their “demands”:

The activists, joined by a crowd of nearly 200, demanded implementation of a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street and a New York State millionaires tax in order to fund the fight against AIDS here in New York (there are 110,000 HIV-positive New Yorkers, more than any other American city) and worldwide.

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