Vandals ransacked a community refrigerator that was set up in front of the local office of a Queens, New York, politician to provide free meals to the poor or needy.
Local businesses had donated food for the sidewalk refrigerator that volunteers stocked throughout the day with meals, fruits, and vegetables, which benefited hundreds of the constituents of state senator Jessica Ramos, a Democrat who also represents the Working Families party. In their wake, vandals left food and containers on the ground and destroyed the doors and the electrical grid of the appliance.
On Twitter, Ramos explained that “The community fridge outside our district office was vandalized and destroyed last night. So many of our neighbors depend on the generosity of other neighbors to get through these difficult times. Now this lifeline is gone. I’m heartbroken.”
She followed up by thanking the community for coming forth with more donations to keep the project going. and help their neighbors feed their families. Ramos vowed to replace the fridge to enable volunteers to continue to keep it supplied.
Ramos, who represents New York City district 13 in the state legislature in Albany, and chairs the labor committee there, told the New York Post that “It’s been truly devastating to learn that someone would do this to a real lifeline in our community. At the peak of the pandemic, we were the epicenter.
“Most of our neighbors here, specifically on this block and in this neighborhood, have not received any economic stimulus and don’t qualify for unemployment insurance.”
The community fridge outside our district office was vandalized and destroyed last night. So many of our neighbors depend on the generosity of other neighbors to get through these difficult times. Now this lifeline is gone. I’m heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/NACU1M5hI5
— Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) January 2, 2021
Ramos is seeking any surveillance video that might have captured what happened. Evidently, she has not yet contacted the NYPD to investigate.
Although this was obviously a dreadful form of vandalism, which Ramos appropriately described as an “act of hatred,” many Twitter users perceived irony in the incident. This reaction is perhaps because of New York’s catch-and-release policies for street crime that the Democrats ushered in with so-called bail reform.
Under the new “justice reform” laws championed by progressives like Senator Ramos almost nothing will happen to the perps if they’re ever found.
— Dave (@Dave_in_718) January 2, 2021
— NH (@TwoQuoque) January 2, 2021
— Not Plato (@luckylastword) January 2, 2021
It’s shocking that crime rises dramatically when you and the rest of the woke Dems in the State Senate, Assembly, and City Council keep preaching that you want to defund the police. I can’t imagine why people feel empowered now to commit crimes on a regular basis.
— Kira Thompson (@KiraNThompson32) January 2, 2021
Criminals don’t discriminate community fridge from Amazon delivery package from cars driving down Fifth Ave. Victims are everywhere. Are you heartbroken for everyone in NYC who now live in fear?
— YChooo #keepnycschoolsopen (@ycinnewyork) January 2, 2021
Perhaps NYPD community patrols would have prevented the vandals from destroying this community fridge?
General lawlessness of New York continues because rather than taking action to increase public safety politicians follow the an illogical narrative of blaming billionaires.
— Douglas C Duckworth (@ifelsefi) January 2, 2021
Send social workers
— worst of shire (@2scooooops) January 2, 2021
It’s just property. I’m sure insurance will cover it.
— Clap for that you stupid bastards (@AuburnGirl36849) January 2, 2021
This is why NYC can never have nice things.
— Dr. Media Pretendency-elect Keltto 🇺🇲 (@keltto_ken) January 3, 2021
And thanks to the #bailreform Sen Jessica Ramos passed the vandals will be released almost immediately after getting caught.
— Izengabe (@Izengabe_) January 2, 2021
Did anyone expect anything else from “vandals” who have been handed a city to do as they please with?
— jackandpeach (@jackandpeach) January 2, 2021
This would never work in Toronto. The raccoons would loot the fridge long before vandals showed up.
— Tim Jaques (@PretendEditor) January 2, 2021
What a dumb idea. Then again NY politicians are known for those.
— Nav1.7 (@voltexinc) January 2, 2021
Probably bears. Out here in the country side, if you leave a fridge with food in it outside, the bears will tear it up.
— Chuck White (@Chuck_Blanco) January 2, 2021
Her greatest accomplishment to date. She left a fridge on the sidewalk 🤣
— adam milewski (@adamnr1stunner) January 2, 2021
This is what socialist ideas end up looking like
— Victor Dominguez (@VictorD57976323) January 3, 2021