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. CalDude612

    Why don't they march crap in front Freddie and Fannie?

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

      I agree! Why were they given another bailout? Are they short bonus money for the CEO's again!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Idiots- Do you think the 1 percent is shopping Friday morning? All you will be doing is making it more difficultt for the 99 percent. Quit "occupying" and go look for a job!!

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

      Most of these people want to work. But thanks to the republicans, there are no jobs to be had. Unless you move to China. Oh wait... the Chinese won't hire Americans. Oh well !!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • t

      i think the purpose of this is to not put money into the 1%'s pockets and not to disrupt their shopping experience.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob Dinsmore

      It's funny to see someone call people an idiot when they clearly failed to read and understand this extremely short article. Not that I suspect you read anything frequently if this is your take on this one thing. Protesting the 1% that are shopping? What the heck? The 1% own the national chains moron.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • TDN

      The housing bubble brought down the economy, thanks to democrats, not republicans. What an idiot.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      This is obviously way over your head. The 1% collect the profits from people shopping at their stores, this isn't an effort to obstruct their ability to shop.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Dude

    Target AT&T? What they he!! are they going to do with their wonderful iphones if they shut down AT&T?

    This is the same thinking the Eco-Terrorist group ELF had when they burned down a Hummer Dealership releasing 100X more toxins into the air than the vehicels would have ever produced on the road.

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

    Occupy is dead. This is not news.

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

    OK, what little, tenuous support I had for them is now gone. I rely on retailers like Toys'R'Us to carry my lines, and with my meager living I'm hardly a multinational corporation. And I'm sure that some of the folks working there for a second job don't appreciate the hassle either.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. TJ

    YES! Let us all protest these terrible retail stores for giving us things we want for really cheap! What jerks!

    Please, these Occupy protesters are so far from reality. Guess what? I am a consumer, just like everyone else in this country. I want quality products, and I want to spend as little as possible on them. Why punish businesses that deliver what the people want?

    You think it's the corporations' fault that people will put more money on their credit cards than they're capable of paying back? That's simply illogical. People are responsible to THINK and ACT for themselves and recieve any CONSEQUENCES for those actions. If you don't have enough money to pay for something – don't buy it. Simple as that.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    Maybe the occupiers should try getting jobs instead of getting in the way of people who want to save money by shopping on BF.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thinker

    Look ultimately people have to be responsible for their own actions. The credit card companies or big retailers are not putting guns to anyone heads to force them to use their services.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lola

    They are killing the small businesses wherever they protest. No one wants to eat or shop at a place next to the tent city. This "occupy" movement is about making everyone miserable. Yet, the Dems embrace it.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. vinny

    These degenerates are justupset they dont have any money to spend on Black Friday. Get a job you losers!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. GRofPA

    Good intentions...... really really bad tactic.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim J

    Just when I think OWS protesters couldn't get any dumber, they go and do something like this...

    November 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. clr

    oh YES – let's go shut down the stores that give so many jobs to us that they have to start laying us off again. What jerks! And Obama is a jerk for not getting on the TV to tell them to knock it off. He has encouraged these idiots to hold all of us hostage. What a way to divide a nation mr president! I need my job!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Verizon wireless stores are individual franchises. They are operated by small businessmen and women trying to make ends meet. Why are so many activists insufferably stupid. So passionate about their cause, but not enough to think logically about their actions and initiatives.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin C

    Apple was not on their list because all these losers are sitting in their tents using their iPads to miscommunicate. Someone needs to crack the whip on these clowns. Tell them to go back to their government funded housing, wait for their gov't check and come up with a way to change what they believe is so wrong other than trying to disrupt our economy. F'Tards!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
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