Maybe bring a dictionary next time?

Word of the day: Trespass. Definitions courtesy of The Free Dictionary:

1. To commit an offense or a sin; transgress or err.
2. Law: To commit an unlawful injury to the person, property, or rights of another, with actual or implied force or violence, especially to enter onto another’s land wrongfully.
3. To infringe on the privacy, time, or attention of another: “I must . . . not trespass too far on the patience of a good-natured critic” (Henry Fielding).

Example of incorrect usage of the term:

According to the Daily News, at least 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested this afternoon. A group of protesters marched to Citibank at 555 LaGuardia just after 11 a.m. this morning with NYPD shadowing them. They report that one protester’s hands were bleeding as he was pulled into an NYPD van. […]

The NYPD has announced that 24 people altogether were arrested at the Citibank incident earlier today. They were all charged with criminal trespass, while one was also charged with resisting arrest. Many of those protesters had gone to the bank to close their accounts. (emphasis mine)

It’s a bank. They had these things at the bank called “accounts”. The accounts contained their money. They went to the bank they were doing business with to withdraw their money and close their accounts.  It not being a Sunday or after 5pm, the bank was open for conducting business with the public, which included the protesters since they had accounts at the damn bank!  On what planet is this trespassing?

If they were being violent, then there’d be cause to kick them out.  But that is not called trespassing, that’s called “assault”, which they are not being charged with.  So basically, going to get your own money back has now been declared a crime.  Great…

See, when significant amounts of people cease to do business with you in the real world, you rethink your business plan so as to correct what is turning them away.  Off in SillyMakeBelieveFinanceLand, you don’t need to trouble your pretty little head with such trivial matters, because you get to have unsatisfied customers jailed.  This is a clear micro-example of the kind of ridiculous system that people are fighting against, a system built on the blatant, total abandonment of the idea of mutually beneficial exchange in favor of systemic robbery and intimidation.


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