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. Harriet

    Yeah this is meaningless. If someone wants to go shopping at midnight to save $4 on a blu-ray you're not going to dissuade them with a little protest in front of the store. Fart.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick

    This moronic movement was old & considered useless on day 2. The movement is "occupied" by a bunch of degenerate, useless, lazy, do-nothing, know-nothing, far left, anti-American, anti-working, non-tax paying parasites. Have I left out any other description that would seem appropos in this case? Here we are weeks later & CNN still considers this news. Not much of a surprise here – this organization employs people that sympathize with & are 1 paycheck away from being part of this ridiculous & asinine movement. There you go – managed to squeeze in a few more adjectives. Will be highly surprised if the far left nazis who screen these posts for CNN let it through...LOL

    November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hateuall

    Shoppers come prepared. Let us put an end to this nonsense. These people have no business bothering us. It is not our fault their lives are so miserable.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twilighttrail

      Maybe not, but I wonder what the people who have to give up their holiday time with their familes think of all those obsessed shoppers who can't wait one more day to get into the stores to buy cheap stuff. If we all refused to participate in this the big stores would stop whittling away at time people used to have off to spend with their families. Do you ever think about the person at the cash register serving you at midnight? What do you care right. They deserve it for being poor.

      November 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe C

    This is a brilliant move! We'll occupy retailers, sales will drop, they will layoff, and then we can turn around and complain that there's no jobs. What a masterpiece of dumazzery.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    The entire Occupy movement should move to a Boycott movement. You are not just their employees, you are also their customers.

    Spend money as though you were just making the $12/hour that big retail corporations would like pay their staff.
    Spend money as though you lost your job to outsourcing and can't get a good paying new job.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      Seeing that OWS make's up only a small percentage of the population (eventhough they would lead you to believe they represent 99% of the people out there), and by their own adminssion are on the lower income (and intellect) scale, how effective would a boycott be?

      November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Tim How can you boycott when most of you OWS types have neither jobs nor money?

      November 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kaleide

    While I'm in support of OWS and their hard work, being 99% also means an inclusion of people who lack common sense. I dislike Wal-mart for several other principals, but I also work at a major cooperate retail outlet... who treats its employees well - I love my job so much - I have great pay and benefits. My CEO might be in the 1% but I've never heard of corruption within the company and is, generally, fiscally responsible. Although Black Friday might be a dumb gimmick, its the kick-off for seasonal sales and the shopping fest through the holidays as a whole puts a lot of people to work, albeit temporarily... its better than the nothing our unemployed are presently suffering.

    If people are maxing their credit cards, that's just irresponsible in general and those people probably should not own them in the first place.

    THIS is what is problematic: public demands better service, companies in turn demand employees to do the work of three, and when that doesn't work, they lose business... and thus cut employees more. And relatedly, I saw a craigslist ad recently that my nearby Pier 1 was doing its seasonal hirings. They required either an MA OR a BA in related fields with at least 8 years experience in retail OR a BA in related fields with 4 years experience in a Pier 1. For a minimum wage job, doing monkey work, that ends in a few months. Pretty amazing stuff.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. moderate

    I love how the right-leaners profess to love small businesses so much, but when OWS calls for shopping at smaller locally-owned stores, then the right-learners then say that OWS is the ruining of America. Sheesh.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    OWS has officially become a joke.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe C

    Honestly though, I think people see through this group of Marxists. They camp out at Wells Fargo, their ranks of protesters part as someone from their group walks in to deposit their 100's of thousands. Wait a minute! What was in one of the photos shot by the media? A protester wearing Nikes. Another photo showed someone drinking a bottle of Aquafina, all in support of the big corporations they protest against. What a bunch of fish....

    November 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    OWS Losers vs Wal-Mart shoppers... Isn't that cannibalism??

    Either way, someone should sell tickets to this event. They could market it as The Underachieving Unwashed v The Unabashedly Ugly... Hippies v White Trash

    November 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dstachowski

    Go where you would really make a difference. Protest on the steps of the Congress. Those are the ones that are taking money from Wall Street. They are afraid of loosing your vote. You make a real impact there.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe C

      Absolutely....our Congress has proven to be epic failures, not only taking money and allowing unchecked corruption, but failing their country when it comes to spending. We need term limits, and we need to be able to have congressional recalls without a bunch of red tape. 99% of congress needs to go!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rediculas197

    if instead of boycotting the stores everyone go fill them up get the free crap some offer and just leave or wonder up and down the iles of the stores and not buy anything haha.. just a thought hahaha

    November 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      Damn that is very funny! Hahaha.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    I would just like to state for the record that the OWS movement does not speak for me and I am part of the 99%

    November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I think they speak for you because you are too dumb to speak for yourself.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryce

      They don't speak for me either. This is the dumbest protest in the history of the US.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wordlife

      @Tim... Typically, fascist thing to say..

      November 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beth

    The 99/1 percent premise was flawed from the start. It's not just about how much money one earns/has or does not; it's also, in many instances, about personal persistence and diligence and sense of responsibility or lack thereof.

    Some people are wealthy because they've worked and sweated night and day since high school to study, plan, succeed, save, build, start businesses, hire, attain and obtain; some people (certainly not all) who find themselves in trouble, consistently fail to appropriately manage their finances, family size, credit and so on.

    Let's no presume anything based on income levels!

    There are people of all income groups who have confused wants with needs, and that's a major financial issue today also, when it comes to debt. For instance, if you don't have money to feed your family, you don't have the money to pay cable or buy cigarettes or a new car. On the other hand, many wealthy people give generously of their money to help social causes.

    It would be useful if the Occupy Movement would now - in each encampment– devise a list of demands for change, publicize them and bring those demands to the right sources. There are people, for instance, who might not be jeopardizing their life savings in the stock market if banks paid reasonable interest on CDs. And boycotting retailers only places in danger the people who are employed as clerks. If the season is a bust, they lose their jobs. Then what for those workers?

    Please don't complain about stockholders. A great preponderance are simply everyday Americans - many formerly with 401k plans from a lifetime of work - trying to keep themselves afloat in retirement with no pensions.

    While the Occupy Movement is terrific in its fealty to making change and becoming an icon for the restiveness that has taken hold of America, I think it may be misguided at times.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      The majority of people are rich because they are making 100Xs the money of their workers. This imbalance is causing a great loss of middle class consumers who drive our consumer driven economy.
      This trend will eventually bring disaster, if it isn't here already.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Tim The disappearance of the middle class is a lie promoted by liberal outlets like CNN.

      November 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    The nerve of some people, complaining that after 3 years of college, they are only making $12/hour. They should be happy they don't live in China or India where they make less.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wordlife

      Yes... because jobs are rights!

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