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. ???

    People have died on Black Friday! Sometime ago (a couple or few years back) a retail employee got trampled and killed by "crazed" shoppers once the shop's doors opened on Black Friday. Look it up if you don't believe me (it was on the news).

    November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    You guys wait until you tell a bunch of dudes they arent going to be able to get into Best Buy to buy the 50 inch... YES!!!!!!!

    Ahhh, this is the beginning of the end for these fools. The public will support you all day long, that is until you screw up their shopping day!!!! hahahahahaha

    November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    OWS (Obnoxious, Whiny, and Smelly) LOVE a number of 1%-ers, such as Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Warren Buffet, Obama, etc. They're typical liberal hypocrites, and in an economic climate like this, trying to ruin businesses that pay people a wage is domestic terrorism.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Proud US Worker

    Boycott retailers on Black Friday? Better idea – let's boycott all media surrounding OWS and they'll go away.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leland

    Please send all these leaches to France.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jerryc

    Those crazy women will run right over those fools.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim W.

    Do these wacko's understand the 1000's of people working to get the stuff to the store ? Its not the store or the 1% that force you to over spend ....Thats all your own faults ! These Occupy people are just making fools of themselfs and are a waste of media space ! I notice they are all wearing nice clothes....wonder what it took to get them dressed ? How many people worked to get their clotes to the stores for them to buy ! Look if you dont want to spend and let the 1% make money then dont ! Go back to living in caves and eating berries, get off the grid and have a nice day !

    November 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    Sorry... if I decide to shop on Black Friday using a Debit Card that pulls money from my checking account, and I am responsible enough not to overcharge it (i.e. live within my means), then I can shop wherever the hell I want, when I want. I have a job. I pay taxes. I AM THE 53%

    November 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      The 53%? Yeah that's kind of catchy. Of course the 53% don't have time to occupy. They are too busy working, and paying taxes.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Engineer

      Most of the kids doing occupy are kids feeding off their parents hard-earned money anyway. They don't even know what a bill or taxes are besides what the media and their Liberal Arts professors feed into them. Very gullible youth we have today.

      On another note, how is the Dollar Tree being targeted? They sell things mostly at ONE DOLLAR. I never knew one dollar for a product was a huge price to pay.
      The only real store that should bet boycotted is Abercrombie and Fitch, now those are rip-off clothes.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomFoolery

      These people are flat clueless. Using credit cards has nothing to do with it. Do credit card purchases magically go to the "one percent" whereas cash purchases don't? What if you pay you credit card balance in full in the grace period, and pay zero finance charges? Does that purchase go to the 99% or the 1%? What if I use a credit card, but buy from a small business? 99% or 1%?

      If I rolled my eyes up enough to match this idiocy, I'd be permanently blinded.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another of the 53%

      Totally Agree with you Scott. Why doesn't the OWS protest sports teams where the players make Millions playing a game....stop buying those tickets. Protest celebrities who make Millions per movie/TV/realtiy.......stop buying those tickets. Protest against yourselfs who buy the newest gadgets I-pods, I-phones etc. If you don't use credit cards, then you won't be supporting those large businesses/banks

      November 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomFoolery

      Dollar Tree is presumably targeted because they sell products imported from China, which means (of course) that they are "stealing" jobs from the 99%. Remember, OWS people are also anti-free trade. Well, they probably don't know what that means, but I'm pretty sure it's a 1% thing, not a 99% thing. They would like to believe that dollar tree, and its products and prices would still be available if everything there were made in the US.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josh Gonzalez

    Spending your money in local businesses will help the economy more than giving it to the major corporations who don't even want to contribute with their tax dollars.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      back to mexico you go.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused in Boston

      And all the small businesses are lining up to pay as much as Uncle Sam will take – correct? Shop where and how you want but do remember to pay the bills when they come in or at least pick up a tent so you can sleep with the folks that want the 53% to pay their tuition bills. Maybe they'll add credit card debt to their wish list as well!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tsquared80

    So a leaderless mob is going to try to regulate where the citizens of the US shop?

    Anyone who is part of "the 99%" who has shopped in a WalMart, KMart, Apple, or any other big-name retailer where overseas labor is used is a walking hypocrite. Chances are the clothes they're wearing were made overseas and all that does is give those companies further incentive to ship jobs overseas.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerrod

      I believe many of the OWS crowd has a smartphone of some sort so yep major hypocrites.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just do It

      Yes but they fit nice!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Confused in Boston

    I'll play the role of a harried shopper standing outside a store being blocked by occupiers. "Oh, isn't so nice that they feel so strongly about screwing everyone else while they finish their tantrum.". I can't wait to sit down with my left over turkey leg an watch these folks get the heck beat out of them by angry shoppers.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark9988

    "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.

    This 'movement' has reached the point where they can't even hear how ridiculous their points are: So.... "it's not the fault of the people who fail to control their spending; it's got to be someone else's fault".... No credibility whatsoever.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stratmaster

      How did you get that meaning from the comment you quoted. They specifically stated that the buyers are "overcharging" and they are basically asking them to stop

      I think it would be great if no one bought anything from these big box retailers. Their business model has indeed contributed significantly to ruining America. Consumers are just beginning to wake up and realize that the reason they cannot find decent jobs that pay enough to support families is because they are buying products from these types of companies.

      Of course, the problem is it is a vicious circle. If you can;t afford anything other than Wal-mart it makes it kind of tough to make a moral stand, don't you think?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksmitty

      It's not the 1%s fault that we over charge our credit cards but it is there fault that they've keep wages down for the past 30-40 years while the inflation rate has skyrocketed just so the 1% can have the growth that they so disperately want in their companies to keep their stock trading at a premium. Whatever happen to being my brother's keeper? This country was founded for the people, ALL THE PEOPLE, but the 1% pretend it's all about them. If you make a million dollars, HELL yes you should pay more in absolute $ and as a % of your income to live and operate in America than a normal citizen justing trying to survive and feed his family.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomFoolery

      KSmitty – Are you seriously suggesting that those earning over a million do NOT pay more, both in absolute taxes, and as a percentage of income, than a normal citizen trying to survive and feed his family? Really? How can anyone be so monumentally misinformed?

      Someone in the $40-$50K income bracket pays, in average effective rate, about 7.5% in income tax.
      Someone in the $1 million and over income bracket pays, in average effective rate, about 24% in income tax.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerrod

    So the people without jobs want those of us who have jobs to not spend our money on our families?
    FYI- everthing I buy this friday or anyother day leading up to Christmas for my family will be paid with money I have saved and not with credit. I believe there are alot more people who do this than use credit cards now since everything has gotten more expensive and we have had to tighten or reign in our spending for the past few years.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chrismg

    So tired of these guys....Brilliant idea....I bet if they put half they effort into finding a job as they are putting into being part of the problem they would be like the rest of us 99%...paying our bills...

    November 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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