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. If any of you OWS people are Apple users....

    you are the single biggest hypocrite that has ever lived. i would be willing to be that a lot of these OWS hippies are blogging on their ipads and MacBooks. Apple has more cash than the US treasury. Why don't you hippies go have a sit down in Cupertino and leave my Best Buy alone? You big bullies!

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

      For the record, I haven't seen a hippie since 1974. In 1975 they cleaned up, got jobs and started snorting coke at the disco. Now they run the country and are far worse than they ever made "the man" out to be.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. oldbear

    My two sons graduated with engineering degrees and both got hired right out of school in 2009. They continue to get calls and offers of jobs. I retired 18 months ago and the phone rings often looking for people that have good technical and managerial skills. An associate who runs a worldwide consulting firm out of Troy MIchigan has told me that he has way more projects than people. But in all cases he needs people who have good technical skills.

    If you got a student loan to get a history, art, liberal arts, music degree, etc. you did it for fun. Because what you learned is not of value in the real world. You would have been better off to have taken the four years you spent in college and just lived and partied in another country. Then you could at least have offered a company knowledge of a foreign language and culture.

    As they used to say, "You make your choices and you take your chances."

    November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. matt

    wow, so they finally caught on to Adbuster's Buy Nothing Day. took em long enough

    November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimi

    The site asks protesters to target only "publicly traded large businesses" and support small businesses "that serve our local communities."
    So the local Target which employs 500 people LOCALLY can be targeted but not the local 711 which employs 2 illegal immigrants? Makes sense to OWS I suppose

    November 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JOE

    Emilio Sanchez

    Alot of "HAVES" also lost jobs during this crisis. Not just the have not.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • rktman71

      "A lot" of people are always losing their jobs. The difference between normalcy and crisis is statistical, which doesn't help anyone who is actually in the position of having lost. It's silly to think one's suffering is made better or worse by virtue of the number of people who might be suffering the same condition.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KC

    OWS on Black Friday = Speed Bumps

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


      November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob Stumpf

    CEO's aren't evil or any more greedy than anyone else. That's childish nonsense. There isn't anything wrong with a store that has shareholders, public or private. It makes zero difference.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rktman71

    Great idea, make sure you take a shot at all the people who have their retirement funds and pensions tied up in publicly held retail stores. You're not going to hurt the tiny number of people who make big salaries as much as you are the millions of people who have a stake in those stores doing well. At least I have a good reason to dislike "ows" now other than general disdain for people who think the world owes them something simply by virtue of their existence.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ralf The Dog

    There is a difference between not spending on Black Friday and spending your money at small locally owned business on Black Friday. Please spend money, just keep it local with small businesses. Perhaps we should name it, Small Business Friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJC

      I see plenty of issues with our financial system, the rampant corruption, etc. So fine, protest that!

      But I find it a little strange that as a response to people "overspending to show their families a memorable time," the movement is blaming the "glutonous 1%" and has decided to protest the stores. As far as I know, no one forces people to buy gifts they cannot afford. That's all on the person buying the gifts. My friends and family set a spending budget and stick to it, and yes, they may only be able to purchase $5-$10 gifts, if any at all. I would rather receive a $5 gift (or better yet, just a hand-made card) than an expensive gift bought with money they do not have! You may argue that the stores are responsible for poor business practices or exhorbitant prices. But they post the price of a product clearly. If you can't afford it, it is just financially reckless and hypocritical to purchase it anyway and then blame the store for ratcheting up your credit card bill. The article has a quote calling the 1% glutonous, but if people are buying things they can't afford (and Christmas presents are not usually life necessities we are talking about here), then I would suggest the buyers are equally "glutonous."

      November 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    So they're basically going to ruin a fun day.Just go away.Please.I get that you have nothing to do but couch surf and mooch, but find something else to do.Go save a polar bear.Aren't you people always concerned with things like that ? Go eat a spinach sandwich and wash it down with some new trendy vitamin drink.But please....just go away.You're not heroic.You're not fighting crime or corruption.You're annoying.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry

    Think we are all fed up with these occupieres, without a message. Complain all you want, but a proposed solution is preferred. It’s funny to see the lefties still blame Bush for the economic perils.. last time I looked Americas debt is 15 Trillion, and BHO has added 4.3 trillion of that, and still has no results, even though the Dems had full control of the Federal government for 2 years. Oh ya he spent all his time on Obamacare, and other socialistic endeavors.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    I wish these people would move to Antartica.I hear it's very corrupt there.You should all go immediately.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Entrepreneur

    This country was built on hard work. Yes jobs are hard to find in some area's but not impossible . Read the book, "Think and Grow Rich", by Napolean Hill. If you can't afford it take it out of the library. It will help you not only find or create a job it will make you less bitter.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sas

      You like many, misunderstand the whole movement. Go back to sleep. Many of the people protesting are college educated. Many are beyond your own level of education. Don't forget that the pepper spraying occurred right on a college campus.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    I'll be sure to spend more

    November 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Base

    Every rich and middle class kids have Cellular phones. They are rich. They don't care about professors, colleges, etc. Mommy and Daddies got more money. Yeah, Government is planning to wipe out millionaires by 2011 and 2012.

    See NBA, Kobe losing sponsorship, Tiger losing sponsorship, more failing people.

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