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. hateuall

    It is clear to me that Dave is a total idiot.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Dear Occupy Movement,
    If people want to get up at the a$$-crack of dawn and spend money on goodies for the holidays, let them. You fail at Free Will.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 1nd3p3n3nt

    OWS achilles' heel:
    no loitering signs

    November 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Boris Hadenuf

    OWS, you are doing nothing but throwing a temper tantrum. You are NOT interested in real change. If you were, you'd start at the local level, as our government allows. Since you are NOT interested in real change, the majority of us reject you. Go home and re-think your lives.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Unoccupy grey matter

    We'll show those big box store fat-cat CEO's who's the boss by paying below full price on some really good deals.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wisconsin

    "7.50 an hour is not a job, and that's what retail employees make" - yes it is low but then again someone under 22 can have roomates. I did, why – because you do not start at the top. You work your way up the latter gaining experience & knowledge on the way. The more you know the more you should get paid.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      EXACTLY!!! I lived in a small apartment after school for like 4 years with a roommate. My bedroom was like a closet compared to most. I saved up, kept working and now am still working hard but making good pay. America is losing site on what it means to earn your living not just have it handed to you

      November 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Most of the time you get paid what you are worth. If you show you are worth more than minimum wage you will get more pay. It is called MERIT. Everyone needs to start at the bottom and then prove what they are truly worth. Some will become 1% because they are truly worth it!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      OWS You want a good job then make the sacrifice to get the proper training for a good job. A lot good paying jobs do not involve college for their training programs. There is not a single credible university in the country that is guarunteeing anyone a job after graduation. What does that say about education? Nothing but myths. You want to make a good living then take the time and effort to make yourself in demand.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    Just don't block me when I head to WalMart for all those good deals. Keep your protest online, not on main street.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    I like what they stand for in general but they are going about it the wrong way. All they are making themselves seem is pathetic and just a bunch of cry babies. My brother in law started his own HVAC business and works about 16 hours a day with the work he's doing. When any of these "occupy" people put in that much of a hard days work, i'll listen more intently. My parents back in the day, started their own grocery store and worked 7 days a week. Try actually realizing what it means to start a new business and realize maybe a lot of small businesses do not make it due to americas poor work ethic and undesire to put in the time to make things work.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Well said, many of these protesters are merely a bunch of lazy fools.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ch

    Hmm if they target Dick's does that mean the Dick's can target them>? just wondering

    November 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Travis

    you people are brainwashed. Not the 99%, but they people who have no clue how heavy their chains are.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PPJ

    Folks, open your eyes. This whole thing is a crap, pure and simple. Just a spoiled bunch of brats having nothing else to do. The only thing they are going accomplish is establishing themselves as a royal pain in an ass.


    November 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PT

    Vote with "our" pocketbook. Just like picking Your banking or Auto choice! Shop main street. Buy US when able. Go OWS!!

    November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      you really don't see how right now the people in the stores who work there are a part of the 99% that you are financially screwing do you?

      November 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce in VA

      Hooligan, PT and the OWS sympathizers are a lost cause, unfortunately. Not only are the averse to actual work, they appear to be hostile to people that actually work. Sad, but this is what has become of our bifurcated society. The productive and the non-productive.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gretta

      I will not be buying a single thing from a large corporate chain this holiday season. I fully support OWS.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • fggf

      end corporate greed!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Taylor

    "I AM STARTING A REVOLUTION!" It's called "Occupy Jobs" because we work for our money! We start at the bottom, show motivation, dedication and "Patience" and eventual work our ways to the top to become what you like to call the 1%

    November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      would be a great idea if anyone was hiring ?(which they're not)

      besides... you can only get so far these days starting as a stocker at K mart and NO where in fast food if you don't speak spanish

      November 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      They actually are hiring it's just most americans don't want those jobs because they are beneath them. I know a guy who started as a delivery boy for dominos and kept working hard and now is a district manager.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan


      please... have him write up an "I DID IT STORY" for morale because I don't believe it.

      Also, the whole "not making enough" bit comes from the fact it actually COSTS to work, and if you make more money NOT money then you do by working?

      well what does that tell you?

      hmmmm I wonder

      November 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Some, that are much smarter than you, would say that's exactly what OCWS is trying to bring back.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LStein

      I'll join you and occupy a job as well just to spite the OWS crowd. They are only hurting the working class especially if they screw up Black Friday.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheif

      wrong bozo, you will never be in the 1%.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Also, my grandfather who is no longer alive worked for mack trucks for 50 years. And guess what? He never missed a day of work in his life. How many of these occupy people or anyone can say they had that much dedication and work ethic? No one, not even myself. The days of people realizing a hard days work are over and the new age of doing the bare minimum and still expecting a lot in return are in. Sad.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      I like how you piggyback the work ethic of your grandfather and flaunt it as if it were your own.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      "No one, not even myself" i'm pretty sure that statement by myself discredits your logic. Try and read the entire post instead of just one part

      November 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I agree John. When I worked at a daycare during college the director was going to make me assistant director because of my work ethic, however, when she took some sick leave and I was running the office and people were paying weekly like they were supposed to and I was keeping track of the money, like she wasn't, I was fired. When I worked for the state I got a merit raise after a year because of my work ethic, and made supervisor in 5 years. Now I'm back in the military and I am the only one in my office that does any work. The higher ups come to ME for information, and I'm a lowly E-5. I know more about what's going on around the unit than the other people I work with because all they want to do is sit around, BS, and work out.

      These OWS people need to get a freaking life. You don't want me to spend my money, that I earned, how I want to spend it, where I want to spend it. Okay. Where did you get your tents? Who is your cell phone provider? Where does your food come from? You have no life, OWS. Wall Street doesn't care. you are the 99% that sucks the life out of this country by living off of others. Make something of yourselves. You don't speak for me. I hope you all lose your jobs because you have nothting better to do with your lives.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      then why even mention it?

      who are you to preach if you can't do it yourself ya slacker?

      November 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I do work hard, very hard, not like my grandfather though...he was just in a league of his own. I was making a point but obviously you didn't get it. People want to do the bare minimum and still reap all the rewards. I put in many days of 10-12 hours. Do I have to, not really but I do it to get my job done. I'm nowhere near the 1% but I have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to live a comfortable life.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giovanni Dannato

      I imagine your grandfather probably got a living wage for his work, enough to hold down a house and a family. He actually had a reason to work hard.
      To get hard work from people, you have to offer them enough.

      November 24, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. hateuall

    Dave pretty much confessed he spends his whole life trolling on CNN. What a loser. Got to go. Please do NOT be a db like Dave.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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