Tracy Postert, Occupy Wall Street Protester, Takes Job On Wall Street
It all started when Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst for John Thomas, saw Tracy Postert's placard that read: "PhD Biomedical Scientist Seeking Full Time Employment", according to the New York Post.
Grabbing a copy of her CV, Kaufman decided she might be a good fit for a junior analyst position.
"I thought, 'Maybe this is a person who could help us understand these early-stage biotech companies that financial people just don't always understand,'" Kaufman told ABC News.
By then, Postert had already spent 15 days at the Occupy encampment where she touted anti-capitalist messages with signs that read: "Reagan Sucks" and "I'll vote after the revolution," according to the Telegraph.
"I had been unemployed for so long, I thought why not?" Postert told the New York Post.
Now she's worked at the financial firm for three weeks and is in the midst of studying for her financial analyst exams.
CEO Thomas Belesis believes this is one win against the Occupy movement.
"She was ranting about Wall Street, and now she's working on Wall Street. Banks are not so bad. I hope we have opened her eyes," Belesis told the New York Post.
It's unlikely Postert's story could have happened at Goldman Sachs. Early on in the Occupy Wall Street protests, the investment bank reportedly instructed employees not to walk near Zuccotti Park. "The firm," as it's known by its workers, was later criticized for backing out of a fundraiser in which Occupy Wall Street had been listed as an honoree.
The relationship between Wall Street and the movement attempting to occupy it has been rocky at best. In early November it was reported that dozens of McDonald's job applications had been thrown out a window of the Chicago Board of Trade and onto Occupy Chicago protesters.
Later that month, a financial lobbying firm was found to have proposed a $850,000 plan to tackle the Occupy Wall Street protests head on.
Yet on Twitter, it isn't bankers or Wall Street that are most commonly mentioned alongside the Occupy protests at all. That honor goes to tax increases for millionaires, regardless of occupation.