Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday
Shoppers crowd a Virginia mall for Black Friday 2010.
November 23rd, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday

The Occupy movement is taking on the biggest retail day of the season, calling on protesters to occupy major retailers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

"OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY by occupying/boycotting large chain stores and publicly traded retail" is the message posted on the website stopblackfriday.com.

The movement contends that 1% of the country is making money at the expense of the other 99%.

"The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people who simply want to provide a memorable time for their families," the website says.

"So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday."

The site asks protesters to target only "publicly traded large businesses" and support small businesses "that serve our local communities."

The site lists Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, The Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Office Max, Toys "R" Us, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart as businesses that should be boycotted or occupied.

"We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," the site says.

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  1. Michael

    Hey occupiers....wealth is created, not distributed.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      agreed...stop complaining and get a job!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cristian

    Funny how Apple didn't make the list, the second biggest company in the United States behind Exxon Mobil. Oh yeah! They think Steve Jobs is cool.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      Who is this "they" you people keep rambling on about?

      November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Groo

      Nah, Apple didn't make the list because nobody cares about Apple to be honest. Besides, they don't have to try to undermine a company that's going to go under anyways now that their Dear Leader is dead.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      Are you kidding me? Apple is the liberal hippy tech company. They wouldn't boycott them anymore than they would Starbucks.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonys

      Do you guys realize that Apple products are made in China?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • job218

      I think they should protest all these stores! Less business for them, more for the smaller stores. That's what creates jobs, not these huge conglomerates. I'm so fed up with these huge companies calling themselves job creators. What a crock! They destroy jobs or send them over seas is what they do!

      BOYCOTT BLACK FRIDAY! Buy MADE IN USA!

      November 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    Okay, so let me be sure I get this straight:

    To get at the 1% who are making money hand over fist, you're going to threaten the jobs of the 99% who are working this holiday season to keep their lives afloat?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I agree. I work for AT&T. I support what these people stand for but I work on commission and if they inter fear in my livelihood were going to have a problem. By targeting these company's there not going to hurt the company there going to hurt the people that's working there. Most of these places pay there employees on commission too.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob O. From CA

    Before my wife and got married, she dragged me to a discount bridal dress event. It was a madhouse and I'm serious: shoppers pushing, shoving, screaming at each other over dresses. These Occupy morons will get their rear ends kicked if they go through with this stupid act.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      They are referring to not shopping there. If people don't spend money there this is what effects the bottom line.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tonys

      @Sue....you are an idot. If U R a college student, I suggest you request a professor change.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Just my opinion

    "The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people who simply want to provide a memorable time for their families," the website says.

    So, people overspend and run up their credit cards and that is the fault of the store where they shopped? The retailers are not forcing people to spend the money. When will people take responsibility for their own actions??

    November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. what what

    Just another perfect example to total and utter disconnect with the people. Look at chick fil a there a leader in fast food and there closed every sunday i truly admire that company they know whats important and where to draw the line. Im not supprised at all with target the bigger the company the more massive profits they project getting. I hope all the target floor people decide not to show up and all hell breaks loose , if it wasn't a holiday they would only be making like $8.00 an hour anyway . If uncle sam didnt regulate them you know they wouldnt be making time and a half on that special day. People have had it their whole life seems like a never ending commercial and its time to people before profits.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Cameron Poe

      What what,
      What are you even saying? It makes no sense. Do you really think the almighty Chik-fila is not out to make a profit? They are a BUSINESS! The job of a business is to make a profit. Not to employ people. But to make a profit for their owners and share holders. And what is wrong with making $8/hr? If you are unhappy with minimum wage or a rate close to minimum wage then educate yourself work hard and find a job where you get paid more. It is quite ironic how you complain about corporate greed and how they are trying to make money, when you yourself are being just as greedy. $8/hr isn't enough. YOU WANT MORE MONEY! YOU DESERVE MORE! hahahahaha! Please explain to me how both of these ideas differ from one another? You can't use greed as your means to end greed!

      November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Freddy

    Get your cameras out!! There will be a battle royal at these stores if these protesters get in the way of Shirley trying to get her TV. My money is on Shirley.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      From what I have seen Shirley wouldn't stand a chance

      November 23, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      Are you kidding me? A bunch of deal-sniffing housewives vs. a bunch of unwashed hippies? The hippies are toast. You do not get in Shirley's way when there's a deal to get to.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vbscript2

    Can someone create a leveraged fund that shorts an index of the average IQ of the Occupy movement? That would easily be the best investment all year. Probably even better than shorting a European bond fund.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      The funny thing is, I would bet that a lot of them have relatively high IQs. The problem is that a high IQ does not automatically equate to common sense.

      I knew a lady once that was on the border of supra-genius (I believe that's the term) and yet she didn't have an ounce of common sense and not the slightest notion of social grace.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rosehips

    wish I could occupy Amazon. They are the Walmart of the Web. Don't buy from amazon. They are too big and they use deceptive marketing strategies. When affiliates set up websites and post fake reviews that are designed to direct you to Amazon, that is misleading, imo. Reviews should be unbiased. When the reviewer is getting a cut of the sale price, credibility is destroyed. Boycott amazon Friday and every day.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      But i love Amazon. I can get anything and everything there. Also they, unlike Itunes, don't dictate what i do with my downloaded music. Plus there is my Kindle. Ahh Amazon

      November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cindy Hope

    Idiots! But I swear I will not go to Dollar Tree on Black Friday. I swear. Honestly. And probably not Needless Markup...

    November 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Whether you support the Occupy movement or not, the holiday season has definitely gotten way too commercial. We spend everything we can EXCEPT time with our loved ones.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. erich2112x

    Get in my way on Black Friday, I'll knock you out. I'm pro OWS but I see you at the front door of Best Buy on that morning, I'm kicking your as$.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      If you are truly a black Friday pro you would know how to easily weave your way through the crowd without resorting to violence. Be one with the crowd

      November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      Yes, but unwashed hippies are targets that are hard to resist, especially when you don't have to go far out of your way.

      I am mostly kidding. I support the base message (against corporate greed) of the movement. I just think it has been hijacked by anarchists and the homeless.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      @Dave in Portland–

      How can the OWS movement have been hijacked by Anarchists when it was started by Anarchists.

      November 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    OK, let me see if I can get this straight. They're not against capitalism, just the retail, service, media, government, military and banking sectors. They want "the 99%" to have ways to earn a living, but they want to shut down stores, banks, Wall Street, energy, and media companies.

    OK, then.

    Guess we'll all be working at the rainbow factory, turning sweet-smelling unicorn poop into sustainable happiness.

    Losers.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      Exactly, thank you.

      Just once, I would like one of them to clearly and concisely state what the goal of the movement is, what they hope to accomplish, and what their plan is to accomplish said goal.

      If they can't do that, they may as well go home. You cannot have 200 people all chanting random rhetoric and expect anything to actually get done.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You crack me up Tim!!!!! Well said my friends...don't forget about the Pixies!!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hawaiian chilipepper

    I'M Surprised nobody has this year has challenged why do they have to call it black friday!!! Why not green friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Ament

      It's an accounting and economic reference. Retailers are generally in the red all year (meaning losses), and for most retailers, historically, the shopping day after Thanksgiving has been the day they can rely on to turn their profits back into black numbers (black numbers being positive, or above the zero mark). If a retailer fails on "black Friday", many many of the struggling yet working population who work in retailer will lose jobs, these companies stocks will fall, and investors will lose money, lose confidence in the market, not invest again for a while, resulting in large employers not having investment capital to help them grow and make more jobs.

      Okay, long answer, I know, but again displaying how the Occupy idiots don't have any clue as to what helps, and what hinders a thriving economy.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • JEx

      Black Friday, Green Saturday (not sure what Sunday is) Cyber Monday

      is how the naming order goes in todays age :D

      November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Funny how for a while the media was studiously ignoring OWS, and now all it takes to be identified as an official "Occupy" movement is a web site that pops up on Google.

    Dear CNN,

    A random blog posting is not a nationwide political platform. Neither is a Facebook group. Go back to journalism school. And I use "back" in the loosest possible way.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
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