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

    I just wonder how if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were supposed to create jobs and grow our economy, why did we end up with the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression under these tax cuts? I'm confused. And to think that GWB inherited a surplus from Clinton. Can you rightwing conservatives please explain?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlashMob

      Eliminating the tax cuts is not going to create jobs either. Even Clinton said you don’t increase taxes on the rich in this economy.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Bill

      You mean the "Obama tax cuts," right? Since they're his now that extended them by law....

      November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Joe, what tax cut for the wealthy are you talking about? I know the Bush administration put in Income Tax cuts for all income ranges, but do not know of any for the wealthy only. Please enlighten us.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Joe... Thats because you are a fool... Where tax cuts right after 9/11?? Didn't they get the economy going back then... Pretty sure the tax rates had nothing to do with the down turn in the economy... Looks like you were trying to be a smart @ss, but you just came across like an @ss with no common sense...

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

      "Even Clinton said you don’t increase taxes on the rich in this economy."

      Bull.
      No-one's increasing their taxes, anyway. The tax CUTS would expire, therefore they would be paying what they did under Clinton.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlashMob

      "Bull.
      No-one's increasing their taxes, anyway. The tax CUTS would expire, therefore they would be paying what they did under Clinton."

      Clinton was asked directly...Would you increase taxes on the richest americans? He said that would be a huge mistake in this economy.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RBBT

      I assume your just kidding and actually have some understanding of economic activity, etc. If not, go back and read about the technology revolution and its subsequent bust. If you think Clinton was the reason for the technology revolution and the Bush was the reason that bubble burst then your not well informed or too easily influenced by Bill Maher types. Educate yourself – its you path to freedom.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hm

      Flashmob....provide me with a link.
      He's wrong if he said that. Completely WRONG. You tax during a recession. We need revenue!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlashMob

      HM...Just go watch his interview on Dave Letterman. You can see it on You Tube. On another note, raising taxes during a recession is the wrong thing to do. Just go Google "tax during recession" and even Obama shows up in the search stating raising taxes during a recession is a bad idea!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. To Buy Or Not To Buy

    I never buy what I can't afford to pay. People over charge their cards all the time because people don't think of the impacts they're causing themselves. I agree with supporting local business but people should shop where ever they like. If people lived within their means, money would balance out in all the right places. But people want to live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. So really, WE as a people need to take accountability and make better decisions to cause an impact on our economical surroundings.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Bill

      And there lies the root of the problem: personal responsibility. Something that liberals refuse to enforce, let alone acknowledge....

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

      Wild Bill...riiiiight, b/c I'm sure no-one on the Right EVER lives beyond their means.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pepper Turdo

    You're rich and taking time to comment of a CNN story? You must have inherited it.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Now my favorite stores are going to smell like some dirty hippies too?

    If you don't have the money don't spend it. If you don't want to patronize any business for any reason, don't. No one is forcing you to shop on Black Friday. And no one is forcing you to pay what you pay for what you buy. The reality is we can all live on twigs and berries in the woods but we choose to live the way we live and spend the way we spend because we have placed that value on it. This stupid movement implies that we don't know that when we buy something from some company that some old white man gets even richer. Oh my God, you've opened my eyes! I never knew someone was getting rich off me spending my hard earned money. You know what? I'm ok with that. I can't make my own clothes, I can't make my own electronics, I can't make my own (fill in the blank). So I pay someone an amount that I feel is worth whatever that product or service is. They don't force me to. It's my choice. And as long as they have something I want, I'm going to give them my money. You fugging hippies need to move to China if you don't like it here. All you’re doing is wasting time and smelling up our streets, parks and now our favorite capitalist retail stores.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • hm

      "Dirty hippies"? Are you living in 1965? These are just normal people. Sorry.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Now my favorite stores are going to smell like some dirty hippies too?

      sleeping in a public park or on a street somewhere would qualify as dirty in 1965 and 2011. And the people that spend their money at Best Buy and Walmart are normal people too. I'm looking forward to seeing the normal people in OWS get lynched this Friday for wasting everyone's time. What do you think is going to happen? That the 1% are going to say, "these normal people are right, we have been too greedy, let's give it all back?"

      November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fish chum

    LOL. Your post name cracked me up. I love awesome sarcasm in the morning. Good post.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mojobutta

    GO OCCUPY! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THE 99% WORKERS. SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS PLEASE.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      So you don't support all the workers at the department stores??

      November 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • hm

      John...you are missing the point. Totally missing the point. If anything, this shows GREAT support for the workers making piddly sums of money. No-one will lose their job b/c Burlington Coat Factory didn't sell a couple of t-shirts (made in China).

      November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fish chum

    I'm gonna stand in line for one of those furby's that I gotta have. Oh, wait...

    November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Wrong. Their profits go down, the executives' higher bonuses and wages stay the same, and middle to low income folks lose their jobs because the companies can't pay them. It may even trigger some location shut-downs. If stores don't sell, the dire consequences are not left on the 1% that you speak of. This is why you are losing credibility with your base. You try to occupy everything... schools, banks, retail. What you want is far worse than socialism and it would ruin this country even further. A large percent (not 99%) agree that things are bad and the systems of government and coporate America are broken, but they do not agree with what you guys want to do. Why? Because it is destroying any possibility to recover from tougher times. What you want is a depression.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • hm

      Yeah! How dare they exercise their right to assemble in order to point out that these stores don't even pay their employees a living wage! Yeah!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thierryjtaule

    boy oh boy i cant wait to see mass chaos erupt and things getting violent when unemployment goes up and the economy tanks. then we shall see if you still want your stupid flat screen tv made in CHINA!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hez316

    IIs the goal to eliminate publicly traded companies? If so, there will be a lot of hurting Americans, like all those who are counting on a retirement fund.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      most of these protesters are unemployed already, so they don't care if this will cause more unemployment. in fact, in german there's a saying that translates into "Shared pain is half the pain", so seeing everyone else also lose their jobs is actually desirable for some of these protesters you know "if i can't have any, neither can you".

      November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. douglas

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

    That's idiotic. What would happen is that companies could go out of business and fire their employees, from factor workers to retail. What a bunch of morons.

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

      You mean their factory workers in China? No, they'll keep them b/c they can get away with paying them 2 cents an hour. Don't you worry.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      i'm guessing that of all the people that might get hurt only 1% will be 1%ers and 99% will be 99%ers. it's like cutting off your nose to spite your face. but occupy protesters are mostly unemployed and the unemployed are mostly uneducated (google unemployment by education and compare the rates with the national unemployment rate) so logic doesn't surprise me

      November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. unimformed mongers

    If for every 5 job seekers there is only 1 job opening, can someone here tell us how do the other 4 get a job if there is not one ? I hear so much openion here, that I would love to see how others would solve this math problem?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernie Made off with the $

      Move

      November 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      YOU (not us) solve it by STEALING from those who HAVE jobs, because you're too stupid to get a job

      November 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      Ever hear of pounding the pavement like the rest of us or do you expect everything to be handed to you?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      How about you take your liberal arts degree and turn it into a real degree and get a job that pays real money? Just because you decided that a degree in French lit was a good idea at the time doesn't mean it was. The unemployment rate for degreed accountants is less than 1%....

      November 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Spirit

      LoL...how how do you explain all the people with multiple jobs...you're either just too stupid, lack the skills, or lazy and the employer sees it and don't hire you

      November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mazeman

      How about not throwing in the towel because you didn't get "THE" job you wanted. Take a job in the interim. My wife has a Masters Degree and worked at Walmart until something better came up. I hung clothes in a ladies store until I was able to get a IT job when I left the military. Stop crying and start putting an effort into bettering your life.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • EasyEasyEasy

      Wait tables, work the fryer, fix a roof, learn spanish and work a call center, etc...there are jobs out there. TRUST ME! Companies are hiring as we speak, but people think bussing tables, answering phones, or hammering a nail is beneath them.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluh

      Move? Find a new job by moving? In case you didn't notice most folks are upside down on mortgages and can't move.

      Stop trying to apply yesterdays solutions to todays problems. The thing that allowed our hard work to get us where we are doesn't exist anymore. Hard work and a college degree now gets you a minimum wage job *if you are lucky*

      November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      That's not true in any way. The manufacturing and machine industries have job openings they can't fill because people don't want to work in that kind of industry. People consider it beneath them because its expected that a 23 year old should make $52k right out of school. Quit parroting what other people tell you and do some independent thinking for a change!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • EasyEasyEasy

      I have two jobs now, and so does my wife....and my 17 year old with no experience got one 2 days ago. so, thats 5 jobs for 3 people. It's not what my degree is in and more manual work than I was doing before, but hell....you can't be lazy.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • unimformed mongers

      I think your missing the point. I understand math is daunting. The jobs in the stat, are the jobs produced by ponding payment. Now if you think by pounding more, jobs will materialize, then you are correct in why ows is protesting. They are pounding to make more jobs , just like you say , thanks for agreeing

      November 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Informed & Opinion

      Unimformed...really??? Oh and it's spelled o-p-i-n-i-o-n.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carruth

    I think the OWS crowd should force their way to the front of the line at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, etc...then watch what happens....this will be better than UFC pay for view. I know that 300lb. bubba who's been waiting in line for a couple of days will gladly step aside so the OWS can hurt the economy a little more.....early Christmas gift...LOL

    November 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      Ya know – I would pay for that PPV. You maybe onto something here.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. unimformed mongers

    Call us fools, but still no reconition to the math. For every 5 job seekers there is only 1 job. How do you employ the other 4 ? How ?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      How do you employ others?
      BY GETTING RID OF MORONS LIKE YOURSELF, NO EDUCATION HRRM HOW IS THAT DEGREE IN HISTORY PAYING YOU? IQ LEVEL OF 65, AND SO ON, 20-SOMETHING RETARD.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Entrepreneur

      You don't have a job because you can't even spell when you post. You should have paid more attention in school, then maybe you'd have a job. I pay over $200K a year in taxes toward schools and probably part of your welfare check. Ignorance may be bliss but it won't get you hired. There are plenty of jobs out there if you use your head. Maybe you have to move or god forbid maybe you have to actually sweat. Maybe you have to stop blaming other people because you slacked off as the class clown? Nobody's laughing with you now, they're laughing at you.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      No denying that it's tough to get a job. Yet I know some people who have found some. They did hard work, not just complain in front of a computer.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Templar111

      It's easy. If you really want a job you willt ake any job right? Then I suggest you start working at a fast food joint for min wage until one of those better paying jobs open up. I would rather cook burgers or dig ditches and get paid than sit on a computer and complain and cry like a baby!!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tykl

      Where are you getting your made up statistics? There are jobs for those who will take them. They may be minimum wage right now, but that is where you start. If you don't want a minimum wage job, whose do you want to take because, I assume, you think you deserve it?

      And the 99%/1% is such a joke slogan. Are you against the 1%? Does that mean only 1% are greedy and you and the 99% are not greedy? Does the 1% include the greedy and conniving bosses on MAIN street as well? If 1% is meant to represent the greedy who mistreat others, then I suggest you ask whoever does your math for you to recalculate. If 1% is meant to mean the richest (i.e. make over $340,000), then does it mean all 3 million of them are greedy and only made money off the backs of others? I challenge you to look outside your tent and find a museum/performance art/health care building that does not carry the name of a benefactor.

      Instead of trying to force your self-righteous, hypocritical stance on the rest of the people (if the 99% is shopping on Black Friday, you think you need to FORCE them to stop – when you start forcing your views on others you are clearly over the line), why don't you figure out what you want and when you realize that your stance is you just want things handed to you, write that on a sign and stop parading around a mess of incoherent, divergent protests.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MotleyCrue

      Maybe you should learn to spell. That might help in getting a job. Tired of all the complaints. The jobs are out there. May not be your ideal job but you have to start somewhere.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdsterne

      Understand that "unemployed" does NOT mean "job seeker". Essentially there is always a certain percentage of unemployed we currently just are higher than usual. Also there is not conclusive way to scientifically obtain that statistic you keep spouting so it's pretty irrelevant just like Occupy.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    "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 might be the most maddening comment to come from OWS so far. As if it's someone else's fault that they over spend. "How dare you give me access to a credit card that I have no means (or intention) of paying back. Don't you know that I am not to be trusted with things like that. I need someone to think for me and make decisions for me." OWS is a JOKE...I am embarrassed that people around the world see these OWSers as Americans!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      100% agree with you. This Occupy movement which claimed to represent the 99% now just represents 1% as the other 98% +1% are just annoyed with them.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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