McDonald's Job Applications Dumped On 'Occupy' Protesters By Chicago Board Of Trade

11/05/2011 01:37 pm ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

On top of cold weather and logistical pains, "Occupy" protesters in Chicago last week dealt with an embarrassing stunt.

Dozens of photocopied McDonald's job applications were reportedly thrown from the Chicago Board of Trade building and onto Occupy Chicago protestors earlier this week, according to Chicagoist (h/t Mediaite).

In April, McDonald's announced plans to hire 50,000 new employees in a single day. The fast food giant was subsequently flooded with more than one million applications, a McDonald's spokeswoman told HuffPost in April. As of October, there are officially 13.9 million unemployed people in America today

The Chicago protesters quickly spread the news via Twitter:

Indeed, the incident isn't the first conflict near the Chicago Board of Trade building since the beginning of the protests. Last month, the same floor's windows had signs reading "WE ARE THE 1%" taped to them, a prelude to photocopies thrown from the same windows reading "WE ARE THE 1% PAYING FOR THIS," Chicagoist reports.

The episode was spoofed on Real Time With Bill Maher, who speculated further such signs might read "Save Our Trumps" and "You Can't Go Home Again -- No, Seriously, You Can't, I Just Foreclosed It."

Although Occupy Wall Street quickly gained national recognition, the movement has yet to receive mass approval. A recent poll revealed around 37 percent of Americans support Occupy Wall Street, and another poll found 35 percent of the nation's millionaires support the movement.

Antagonistic behavior, though, has been most severe within the financial industry itself.

Last month, CNBC reported that Goldman Sachs has forbidden employees from going anywhere near Zuccotti Park. Soon after, the investment bank withdrew from a fundraiser hosted by the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union because Occupy Wall Street was included on the list of honorees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

And what many Wall Street firms say about the protesters in public and behind closed doors might vary quite a bit too. The New York Times reports that while investment bankers may publicly express sympathy for the protesters, it's quite a different story behind closed doors.

"Most people view it as a ragtag group looking for sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," one top hedge fund manager anonymously told the New York Times.

Despite criticism, the Occupy protesters can still make fun of the ongoing tension, as seen in Occupy Occupy Wall Street, a satirical site devoted to protesting the original movement:

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