A steady stream of passing drivers did.
By the windmill on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, more than 100 people held signs such as "Wall Street: Buy Stocks, Not Politics," and spoke about their concern about education cuts and wealthy Americans who they say do not pay their fair share of taxes. They called their protest Occupy the Hamptons.
Ty Wenzel, 46, a freelance Web designer from East Hampton, cited a growing gap between the rich and poor in the Hamptons. "For the last 30 years, we've seen the top 1 percent vacation in our beaches. Our beaches are no longer ours," Wenzel said.
"Our schools are overcrowded. We need to do something," she told the crowd.
Robert McKee, 53, a school psychiatrist at North Shore Middle School in Glen Head, said the loss of education jobs could have been offset by raising taxes on the wealthy. "People are mad about getting the short end of the stick," he said.
"They should go back there," said his friend, Keith Seigerman, 52, of Water Mill.
But Seigerman's friend, Duncan Kennedy, 43, of Southampton, said he supported the protests. "The gap between rich and poor is too wide in this country," he said.