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. Joe Mama

    LOL. Occupy Amazon.com? Yeah darn those companies creating innovation and wealth in the US! I'd much rather march on down to the local blacksmith to get some new shoes for my horse.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben Thare

    They haven't really thought this through, have they? This is like protesting bombs inside a weapons test range.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dloitz

    check out Green Friday, Buy Local Day http://www.facebook.com/events/304139562947990/ and http://www.facebook.com/buylocalday

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J, Green

    What would one expect from the homeless, young, out-of work, occupiers. How about considering getting a job and becomming a productive member lfthe society that the occupiers and r so distressed about. A real bunch of losers. They r preceisely what they calim to be, the 99% who contribute nothing to society.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shopstompers VS Dirty OWS'ers

    Can't wait to see the melee of ladies looking for bargains vs. the dirty smelly OWS'er (aka Fleabaggers) Might be better then Thanksgiving football.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RealityCheck

    It's for the police to be given live ammo and street sweepers.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kaeo7k

    This is what a Black Friday sale commercial would look like, if commercials were honest:

    November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DApppp

    True colors are being revealed. They really don't have any interest in improving their own lives, they just want to make everybody as miserable as they are. What na infantile movement...

    November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • c'est la morte

      Not at all. Their hearts are in the right place; they just happen to be idiots.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      It's nothing compared to the rioting during the depression in the 30's. Which is where we're headed now, thanks to the republicans.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I agree. These morons do not understand that most of the 'hurt and damage they do' is to the everyday person. When Black Friday is over and they go back into their tents, prices will go back up and the big stores will still make their money. The only ones hurt will be everyday people who were prevented from spreading their holiday dollars out or saving some money. 'Occupiers' are building their own definition.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Ugh. People that don't take the time to understand will never understand. BUYING LOCAL INDEPENDENT GOODS WILL HELP YOUR COMMUNITY MORE THAN BUYING WALMART. If you don't understand that one simple principle, you are lost.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mikeisme

    Hmmm, these businesses are private property. Hope those idiots ALL get thrown in jail for trespassing. Protest for the sake of protest is a poor reason to do anything

    November 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tpbco

      And then they will be even more unemployable.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Noren

    The "Occupy Movement" has become parody, almost comic relief. The position of the movement is naive to say the least, but you are good for laughs. That the movement is targeting retail outlets is predictable, because your message has not been embraced. The OWS scenario desperately needs the media and the media needs the movement. If and when a major news story rolls in, you are toast.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Sorry, but it seems the only thing the 'occupiers' have done is hurt 'the' real 98.98888% of the people and let the top 1% get away. They are out there sucking up to people like Michael Moore, multimillionaire. He is out there wanting to change America to look like Europe and he has the OWS slobs out there lapping it up. Make a sign, 'Will Michael Moore give his millions to poor Americans'?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. paramedic2274

    I try not to buy anything at Walmart, Amazon or any other business that sells out its employees, neighbors and customers. Buy local, it costs a little more but it's the right thing to do.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. house

    "The credit cards the 99% overcharge ..." That sounds like the problem right there. Don't be foolish enough to overcharge your credit card.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ???

    I heard from a television ad that Wal-mart would open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving day for Black Friday sales. I mean seriously, people have families to spend time with on Thanksgiving day. Why should Wal-mart employees have to cut their holiday time short to go to work before 10 p.m. and then work there all day through Black Friday without any rest?

    November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Because Walmart = China... where republicans love to shop.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • what are you talking about?

      Many stores are doing that including shopping plazas and malls. Besides ppl arent celebrating at 10 pm

      November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      This has nothing to do with celebrating Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. What I am trying to say is why would people who have already made great celebrations with their families have to work at night and through Black Friday without getting any rest just to keep their jobs?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    If these Occupy folks would put as much effort into being productive we would not have a recession. People need to stop asking for hand outs and instead work hard and achieve something themselves. These folks need to stop trying to ride on the backs of those who are hard working and successful. Just because you were born in the U.S. doesn't give you a right to have everything handed to you. To many kids think they deserve a trophy for just playing instead of when they win. Nanny state is what these folks want. I bet they would be the first to cry out if we took all of their money and gave it to those with less. Hypocrites.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    They are defeating the purpose they represent. They want to hurt the big businesses that take in huge profits but they will also hurt the american worker who is working there. If there is no business then the employee doesn't have a job. The need to be smarter than this and think of ways to go after CEO's and politicians directly. Protest at their house.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
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