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. Mance Lotter

    OWS – my daily comic relief, i love it!!!

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

    This whole occupy movement has become a joke. I'm not saying I disagree with the general idea, but now the protesters are spending more time sabotaging and fighting the other 99ers rather than the 1%. Heads up, you're only affecting yourselves, not the 1%.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JD

    and they continue to try to be relevent. . . as soon as they set foot on private property I hope they get busted and tossed in jail for a few days to cool off. We have let these fools play this game too long. Time for the adults to take over tell these children the game is over, now go home.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      They will be barred from private parking lots, the second they interfere with shoppers. Anyone blocking the street will just get pushed aside, cars can slowly roll through. The last time a protester got hit when disobeying the traffic laws, the protester got a ticket, not the driver. People are tired of this cr@p. I would highly advise the protesters to stay out of people's way.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    This is the stupidest thing I've heard in a long time. Retailers – large and small, count on Black Friday sales as a sizeable part of their annual revenue. When revenue goes down, companies can't afford to hire/employ as many people, and folks lose jobs. Not to mention the ripple effect that reduced spending has on the overall economy. It's as simple as that.

    Instead of occupying Wall Street, halting traffic, turning our beautiful public parks into tent cities (and preventing the rest of us from even using them), and now occupying large retailers, how about these folks do something truly crazy – like occupying a job!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bry562bry5

      pretty easy thing to say knowing you have one

      November 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Pretty easy to say knowing you're not looking hard, bry562br5, You could find a store needing extra help instead. Temp jobs can lead to better ones.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mance Lotter

    OWS is what happens when fantasy and reality mix

    November 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      They incorporated, so the acronym is now COWS(Corporation to Occupy Wall Street). COWS have nearly 1/2 a million in assets & meet in a bank now. COWS ARE big business. The protest turned them into CASH COWS.......ROTFL

      November 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mance Lotter

    Occupods, Flea Baggers, whatever you are – you are a great laugh, I've gotta go – i've got obligations to fulfill (that concept will make sense to you someday, hopefully)

    November 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Target the big stores. Notice Target's not on that list. Let me get this straight. Don't buy anything at the big stores on Black Friday. No sales = no money to meet the store's legal obligations; Payroll. Utilities. Now, they have to cut staff or reduce employee hours/employees. Either way, those employees will not be able to meet their legal obligations either. Rent food untilkities. . . . The Domino affect!. Who's going to make up the difference? you. your neighbor. who. I ask? Whant about the single mom/ dad raising 1 or more children. When she looses her job or get hours, which = $ cut. Her family suffers Again, who's going to make up the difference? you. your neighbor. who?. I ask?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cappigwar

    So over exaggerated. So if everyone stops shopping and the economy tanks big time, would this make these protesters happy, living in an impoverished world?

    Time for the anti-Occupy to stand up against these low life hippies.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOE

    The GOP said they have the answers for creating American jobs and re-growing our economy. Well, where are the jobs you promised?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • EDRO

      Hey JOE. Who is in control? GOP? Sorry, I must have been on another planet lately with the othe OWS possers.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeSmo

      Maybe try asking dirty h@rry in the senate about all the bills he's sitting on...

      November 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PK

    I wonder when OWS will finally realize that all they are doing is making other 99%ers lives miserable... The 1% haven't even noticed.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Moynahan


    You'll never see me blocking any store entrances, you do what you want. I'll do the same. And maybe, things will get better.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    I can see the headlines next day – OWS Protestors attempt to occupy retailers only to find they were already occupied.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Here's a warning occupiers. Get in my way or try to prevent me from entering any store I want to shop at on Friday and you'll realize that you really didn't want to pay to price for your stupidity.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      WOO-HOO !!!!! I'm peein' in my pants !!!

      November 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cappigwar

    These occupiers call themselves the 99% from what I see on all these message boards in all the occupied cities is that they are the 1%. People have had enough of these whiny cry babies.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulr50

      It's true. They are not the 99%. They are a minority of grumblers. People with nothing else to do.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MadHatter

    These OWS people remind me of that puppy in the window. Jumping up and down saying "Look at me! Look at Me!" then they piddle on the floor. So how exactly is boycotting "publically traded" business going to help? It's going to hurt me, the guy who works at them. My 401K, my holiday bonus, my family. With all this wasted effort and money they spend on these stupid protests they could be doing some smart, like finding candidates who understand that a zero in the checkbook means you're out of money and can't spend anymore. That you need to have a realistic budget that PLANS for emergencies and reduces debt. The defense spending will never get lower as long as you do annual contracts and can not guarentee lengthy ones to reduce costs. You could easily save 10-15% of every defense contract if the length of the contract was guarenteed for 5 years with a review at 3 for possible extensions beyond. It's simple math. You spend a $1 a day on a coke for 7 days you spend $7 and have used all the cokes. If you buy a 12 pack for $5 you have 5 additional cokes at the end of the week and have saved $2. Multiply that by a billion...see how much our congressman waste. And while I'm there why they heck should they get a raise when 80% of american workers havent seen one in 3+ years. Their pay shoud be tied to the budget. raise or reduction based on the net income for that year.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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