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. Bo

    HMM, so a guy with a website is sending 99% of the population to all the major retail stores but Best Buy. I wonder if he's secretly trying to get a tv on the cheap.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. buctrain

    So, while occuping the mall is it OK to go to the wireless store if you drop your phone and break it. If you really want to get back at Verizon and AT&T drop your cell phone service, flush your I-phones...wait a minute Apple is sacred, even though they are definetly part of the 1%.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Benzilla

    I think all the occupiers should strip down to nothing, because all their clothes were made distributed and sold via a corporation, which they (or their parents) bought from. They should grow their on food as opposed to grabbing a bite at mcdonalds or shopping at publix......hmmmmm bunch of losers.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dr. Sam Bernaise

    Grow up, you immature parasites.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ajgorm

    Add this unwelcome factor into the economic crystal ball of debt reduction of 1.2 trillion and we have problems Houston ! and we will accelerate the inevitable after you do the math..Liberal logic does not count uncertaities when they plan ahead.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harpman

    Occupy should stick with demonstrating against the crooks on wall street and leave the retailers along. They sell goods at reasonable prices and make reasonable profit margins. Not like the Wall Street gang of thieves.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ajgorm

    Occupy will all of a sudden say WHAT hane we DONE,,,and then feel GUILTY for destroying the economy. Do not be FOOLs you twentysomethings in diapers it was already going going gOHHHHHNNNNN-–>

    November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajgorm

      that is " have " for you liberal pencil pushers ..Get a life !

      November 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. paul

    what losers

    November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JB

    Soon they will try to occupy the solar system. Barney Frank already has his eyes on Uranus.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      that's nasty!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ajgorm

    We can live in tents and occupy the streets till they give us more. Ever heard of FREE WILL ?

    November 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keith

    The Occupy movement is bad for business. Business is what makes the world go round – puts food on people's table, a roof over their head, etc... Owning a business has it's perks but more times it has it's headaches. If you take the risks of starting up a business – you certainly deserve to enjoy the rewards. The high end and average business owner is looking forward to some good sales this coming Friday. When an organization blatantly steps on my ability to shop (carry on my daily routine) without being harassed or confronted – they lose my respect. Take your gripes up with the culprits. Occupy your own space not mine.
    This movement is shooting itself in the foot all over the world. Only a matter of time. Shenanigans like Occupy Black Friday are a nail in coffin. And BTW – don't forget to take some time over the holiday to be thankful for the things you have – the people you have. Or is that asking too much you selfish anarchists.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Then ask congress to pass laws that treat everyone fair!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      In the mean time we are bringing our problems to your door ... we will not die quietly in the homeless shelter!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ajgorm

    No really where is the gold standard bunch and their liberal friends ! OWhere are the liberal messiah acornists . WHERE IS THE BEEF !

    November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Debbie

    I wonder where all those the Occupy people shop? If are opposed tot Walmart, Target, Amazon, Ebay, ... , where do they get their stuff? Did they buy their Thanksgiving dinners at the very stores they are boycotting? Will they buy their Christmas presents from these stores? I would be interested in hearing about this...

    November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Their mommies buy all their stuff for them.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • downinfront

      Buy local, small businesses, you know, the mom & pop shops. Let them make some money for a change.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      They buy local, american made good from small business owners.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      You know there are other stores besides the large chains right? Its called small businesses. And yes, it IS possible to get everything you need by not shopping at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, A&F, etc.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Let's see...for Thanksgiving dinner I bought my turkey from the local meat market, and the veggies from the local farmer's market. It was cheaper than Kroger. For presents, I typically shop Etsy or abebooks when I'm online. Offline, I typically make presents, donate to charity in someone's honor, or buy gifts from small, independent businesses. I'm not a member of OWS, but I certainly sympathize with their frustrations.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bewear

    Also – besides the "Cuupyers" please stay safe and be aware of other people in the crowds who will be looking to take advantage – like pick pocketing.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ajgorm

    Dont let potatoes rot in the cupboard ehh !

    November 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
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