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. JM

    But officer, the car was unlocked so it’s not my fault I stole that BMW. It's the 1%'s fault for me not being able to afford one of my own!

    These occupods have no concept of accountability. It's always someone else's fault. The American dream is not a right, it’s an opportunity.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      They are willing to risk being beaten bloody by rioting police, have pepper spray hosed on them, be maligned by uninformed corporate sheep like yourself. I think they have a firmer grasp of the "American dream" than you do.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    Oh I have an idea! Let me quit my retail job on Black Friday in "protest," and then I'll be penniless when rent is due and unable to get another job, but at least I'll have made a point! DUH! All numbers are better than zero, people. NEVER quit your job, until you have a better one in hand.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. KB

    Here's an idea, why don't you get a point, then go occupy a public office and WORK to make a change!!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. randomname84

    "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."

    You've got to be kidding me. Whoever made this statement must have balls large enough to pull small objects into their orbit because this is beyond ridiculous.

    For one thing, no one has to run up a humongous credit card bill. People can spend less and still have an enjoyable Christmas. But why even buy anything on credit? Christmas isn't an unexpected surprise but Americans sure treat it that way. It's guaranteed to happen every year on December 25. Saving just $25 out of every paycheck for a year yields a $650 Christmas budget that you don't have to regret in January.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. D

    yeah...occupy these stores...lets hurt our economy even more.

    This Occupy Movement is becoming really disruptive and tiresome. Their message is getting lost in their lunacy.

    I bet you won't see any of them occupying Apple – god forbid they don't have their iphones and ipads. Apple, at one point, had more money than the US Govt. Ha!

    Such hypocrisy on their part that they pick and chose whom to Occupy or not.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • randy

      Perhaps they should go and "occupy" their supporting corrupt unions like the SEIU too. Man, I just don't get them.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. TM

    Gingrich was right. Take a bath and then go get a job losers.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Most of them want to work But thanks to the republicans, there are no jobs to be had. We're stiil wainting for Reagan's trickle down to trickle down.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Depends are for you

      What's that trickling down your leg palintwit?

      November 23, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      @Depends... you are an @sswipe.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      I'd like to see Gingrich say that to one of the 2 veterans seriously wounded while protesting in Oakland by rioting police. They served their country. Newt became a history professor during the Vietnam War.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. retailers 1 occupiers 0

    lets these idiots "occupy" between an angry mob and a dirt cheap tv! They'd be trampled even worse then the police have been treating them!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. G W Bush

    Hey occupiers, get a job! I'm hiring a sock washer for 3$ an hour. That's quality employment according to Rick Perry!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. S4LK1N

    you dont boycott black friday. do these protesters know what margins are? these chains are practically giving us the product at cost. what america needs to do to stick it to the man is to not buy everything you want right when it comes out. wait until black friday. you get what you want and they dont make much money. im beginning to think that these protesters dont understand the basics of buisness

    November 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      Again, try reading the article.It's about getting people to shop at small local businesses instead of the herd mentality of running to the big national retailers on Black Friday.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sean

    And the message is spread so effectively, thanks to AT&T and Verizon, among others.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. DeeNYC

    Shoppers trampled innocent people to death, imagine what they'll do to these hippies. I can't wait to see this.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. tafugate

    hmmmm, while i don't agree with the black friday concept, e.g. retailers should market their goods at a fair price year-round, regardless, many retailers depend on sales this time of year to make up for the rest of the year. so anyone inhibiting a retailer from doing business is stealing. shoot them in the head, drag their carcasses into the street to rot for others to see.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      Someone else who posted without reading the article. The point is to shop at local, small businesses instead of the major retailers who spend millions lobbying the government.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • tafugate

      i understand the point, langkard. but who's deciding what's an acceptable target? you? i understand occupying wall street types, who artificially manipulate the markets, hurting us all. but deciding who is and isn't a benevolent retailer is over the top. time to stop the party and tell everyone to go home.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. bill davis

    Black Friday is for free advetisment, Loks like the O's are usiing it also...

    Is this a protest, or just a bunch of lazy fols, looking for a free meal....

    November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      Ask the hundreds of doctors and nurses who marched a couple of weeks ago with the OWS protestors in NYC. Ask the retired police captain who was arrested last week at the OWS protests. Ask the two veterans who were hospitalized after the police riots in Oakland. You may have swallowed the Fox news propaganda that the Occupy movement is just a bunch of unemployed, unwashed hippies but that doesn't mean its true.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      I asked your mom.

      She said it was nice you were finally out of the basement, but she's getting tired of washing your nasty underwear and maybe it's time you thought about getting a job and an apartment of your own.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Festerfree

    Way to support the working people who work at these stores! What a bunch of idiots. I'm so sick of this herd mentality that offers no real solutions except to dismantle the American way. You remember that, right? Work hard, make money, save and be happy and free. These protestors are just asking for a police state. Protest should be the last resort when there is no other recourse. Like in EGYPT, SYRIA, etc. NOT the USA where you can vote with your dollar (not try to tell everyone else where to shop and where not to shop!) and your ballot, where you can write letters to the editor, start organizations that work to better the world. Not seek 15 minutes of fame and an arrest record. Just in case you think I "don't get it" let me say that I worked 2 jobs to put myself through college, I've moved seven times to five states to find better opportunities, I found a way! 3% unemployment in the oil boom state of North Dakota. Too cold? Get a coat! You have to make YOUR OWN WAY. You have to do whatever it takes, emphasis on YOU have to do. There a an estimated one million jobs out there for which there are no skill matches. I'm sorry you majored in History when your state cut its education budget. I don't agree with those cuts, but for heaven's sake, make lemonade!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      "Vote with your dollar" – check. That's what they are asking people to do. Shop at small businesses instead of the national retailers.

      "Vote with your ballot" – nope. That one doesn't work, since the businesses in question have purchased the government in a system in which every politicians knows the simple fact that 94% of those elected had the most campaign cash.

      "Write letters to the editor" – that won't work, since internet drove newspapers mostly out of business.

      "Start organizations that work to better the world" – check. Isn't that what they have done?

      Just a small point, but if the 40 million people who are out of work all moved to North Dakota, what would the unemployment rate there be? Think about it.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Amazon.com is a blessing for any small business. We run our products on Amazon.com and have doubled our sales in the past year.... You don't see Walmart, KMart, or Target letting any small business put products on the shelves do you? You occupiers need to educate yourselves before you make a list.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Langkard

      Amazon.com sells anything people will pay them to sell, including guides for pedo philes, bird and dog fighting and more. Amazon routinely lobbies the government at the rate of more than $1million a year to defend its anti-sales tax practices and its monopolistic trade practices. Amazon abuses the patent laws with things like its famous "1-Click" patent and similar in ways which skirt od possibly outright violate anti-trust laws. Amazon.com has been accused of operating dangerous "sweat shop" conditions in some of its warehouses. Amazon is no shining angel of ethics.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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