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. Jeff Ament

    Funny how the one defender of the movement I read in these comments has the poorest grammar and spelling. Not to mention the ridiculous logic, but the funniest part is of course their inability to distinguish the proper usage of "their, there and they're".

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

      There there, Jeff; There there....

      November 23, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Hey Jeff, how is Stone and Ed?

      November 23, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa

    I can't stand these people anymore. I guarantee every one of them has purchased something on credit that he or she didn't need. I guarantee they go to movies where the actor makes hundreds of millions of dollars. I guarantee they're wearing clothes made outside the U.S. I guarantee that if you walked up to one of them with $200,000, the chances that he or she would turn around and make sure everyone around them got an equal piece are slim to none. They're hypocrites. My only sympathy is they want the jobs to stay in this country and I agree with that 100%, but they also have to realize how high the prices of those goods would go.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. coolbreeze

    Okay, this is where you will loose lots of respect from people that are trying to understand your views. You are stupid! Do you know how many families you are trying to hurt? Retail creates jobs, morons.
    Or is it that you want everyone to accept your occupy movement and be broke! imbecile

    November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    "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,"

    Credit cards are a privilege, NOT A RIGHT! If your not responsible, don't use them! Every heard of a thing called cash and saving to buy what you want? If you can't afford it, don't buy it! I love seeing these idiots saying they don't have any money to survive but I bet they have a 55" flat screen TV at home with all the premium channels and don't have a problem paying for that. If you want the better things in life, get off your lazy butt, become responsible, and educate yourself!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. KeepYourHopeAndChange

    I am soooooooo hoping these idiots go through with this. It will complete my Thanksgiving festivities to see an OWS punk with a low price guarantee sign shoved up his a$$. Oh, please, please, please everyone shopping take your video phones or cameras. In the name of all that is CAPITALIST I beg you!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      You sound like you got picked on a lot in high school. Sorry buddy.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sickofretail

    I am so sick of the retail society we are in. I enjoy my things but we need to support USA made items. I just wish made in the USA meant what it used to mean. (GM and Chrysler for example can't even compare to Toyota, BMW and Honda.) I only go out on "black friday" to get the things I need, I never go after the "bargins". The Bargins are a joke anyway. I only shop on black Friday because I have that day off so it's convient to do so.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rokko

    Ok, occupy Toys R Us in Black Friday when a lot of parents will try to save some money buying toys on sale for kids...
    What a bunch of misguided fools...

    November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. toxictown

    While I generally agree w/the Occupy protesters, I think this is a mis-step. If you want to hit the credit cards, promote a CASH ONLY CHRISTMAS (many of my friends are doing this) and shop local as much as possible. Making a crap retail gig even crappier (because the min-wage workers are the ones they are going to send out to deal w/you) is not a way to win friends and influence people.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • coolbreeze

      SOOOOO True...why boycott retail, which creates retail jobs..Why not go to the credit card companies as in USE CASH ONLY

      November 23, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • mab18

      Well said! I start shopping EARLY and do a little bit at a time so that nothing has to get charged to a credit card. I think that the OWS protesters are getting off track from where they started – and need to get regroup and figure out a focus if they want anyone to continue (or start) to take them seriously.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kay

    And how are we supposed to tell the Occupy people from the throngs of holiday shoppers who are there anyway?

    and why the heck would they occupy Dollar Tree?? Doing so would only hurt the poverty level people who shop and work there.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Annoyedwith OWS

      It'll be easy to tell the OWS from the shoppers. The shoppers will have showered within the last three weeks!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. **cosmicvox *

    shop till u drop

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kay

    By the way, I'm going to be very curious to see if the OWS people try to pull some stunt off at the Macy's parade tomorrow morning. I'm betting they have something planned.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. bob baden

    I've asked a couple of the Occupiers to explain their mission. Not one of them could do so in a cohesive fashion. I asked one lady how she feels blocking me from getting to MY job is helping the 99%. She told me to F off, took another hit from her joint and turned away. Communication is necessary to evolution, and I'm all for addressing this issue aggressively, but as usual those on the front line are full of bluster and rhetoric but no substance.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Occupational Occupier

    So Black Friday's namesake has to do with retailer's ensuring that they finally get into the black (profit) for the year. And their prices are steeply discounted on the goods people want. So we shouldn't buy when its closer to cost? We should pay full asking price? What if people put money away in anticipation of the day and don't run up their credit card? This occupy movement started as a decent idea to show dissatisfaction towards a broken financial system. It is quite obviously far from that now. And then, on the day when folks that need sales to afford gifts will be shopping, they have to deal with someone "occupying" the space, making their lives all that more difficult. Don't these occupier's understand they only build animosity towards themselves from the general public by getting in the average person's way? You're more negatively affecting the average person's day than you are sending a message to any politican or "1%'er." Please stay out of the way.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin

    Yea, since we are too lazy and sorry to work, lets go bug the other people while they work. IF they actually suceed, all they are going to do is put a lot of good hard working people out of jobs. They are what's wrong with this country. If everyone would just get off your A$$ and go to work we wouldn't be in this mess. Too many people want to just sit around and get a hand out.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Anduuu

    We have an occupy protest set up in my city and it's ridiculous. How is living on the street for weeks on end getting anything done? You complain because you want equality but you aren't trying to work for it. You would rather sit in the street not taking a shower and not trying to find a job and complain about the economy. Occupying stores on Black Friday is probably the most absurd thing I have heard. However, at that point, it isn't public property anymore and they will be able to kick you out. Grow up and try working for a living.

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