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. Fred

    OWS reminds me of the t-shirt that says "I would have applied for that job, but I had to show up at 8 AM"

    November 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hooligan

    ohhhh boy here it is.

    they really have gone off the deep end.

    while I agree that chain stores do indeed suck most of the life out of commerce it is up to the CONSUMER to make the choice.

    This is just getting ridiculous

    November 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Whome

    Shop on line and let the fools stand outside and protest.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elijah

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Ummmm...there are lots of folks who support their families by working retail jobs. Lots of hard-working folks. So yeah...let's get in their way. Let's make it difficult for hard-working folks to try and get good deals so that they can offer their families something on Christmas. #genius #getalife #getajob PS...these ladies who shop on Black Friday can be brutal, especially when there are 5 Tickle Me Elmos for 50 folks in line. I recommend some a helmets; actually, go unprotected so maybe the stampede will take you occupy losers OUT...

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

    next step. gong to the stores is ok. there is a more efficient way. go to your congressman's office (mostly the republicans blocking the jobs bill) and do the mic check. start from the top (john boehner) and go down the ladder. you guys have been doing a commendable job. just please don't trash obama, i believe he is really trying to get things moving in the right direction. i would give him the benefit of the doubt.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Thorpe

    The movement is going off taget here. There is so much more to do. Please refocus and look to Washington.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    I have one word for these OWS fools, hard-working Americans work for those companies you idiots. Get off your butts and volunteer or do something worthwile. Your movement resembles that of child's play. Pathetic.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rs1201

    It's time that all these "occupy" protesters be thrown in jail. they're breaking laws and they don't care. They're just a bunch of useless real garbage!

    November 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rickyd

    I imagine all the people out shopping are really going to enjoy having to deal with the OWS idiots in their way. From what I can tell the OWS isn't having any effect on Washington or Wall Street, they're simply annoying the majority of average people that want to work, shop, and enjoy a park.

    I hope any OWS's people reading this will have some common courtesy for the average American out enjoying their holiday and stay out of their way. If the OWS wants to occupy something, go to a store's corporate headquarters and not a retain shop where many average Americans simply want to have some fun and shop. Otherwise, all you're doing is disrupting the work and livelihood of an average America employee and the holiday enjoyment of an average American shopper. Get your goals and tactics straight OWS.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rocinante

    Galt/Rearden 2012

    November 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    I don't know what you people could possibly be thinking by supporting these stagnating movements. Do you really that corporate America cares whether you or sitting on their doorsteps in the morning when they get out of bed? Do you really think that any Wall Street hedge fund manager, or any brokers at Merrill Lynch care if you sit in front of their offices all day while they continue to draw two comma checks?

    The way to make a difference is to take down your idiotic campsites and go back to work so that you are able to contribute the economy, you know, like those people who work as cashiers, stockers, sales associates, and service personnel at the stores named in the list which you will boycott. This has been unbelievable to me from the beginning. You think that the people who work in these stores are part of the 1%, or do you they are fellow 99%-ers?

    The WORLD economy is suffering right now. Do your part, get back to work and stop asking the people who go to work everyday to order you pizza so that you can eat tonight.

    Just as a side note: My family has owned small businesses in small rural towns for 85 years and I can promise you that big box store CEOs aren't the only people that comprise that 1% you stand there and rant at all day long. If a person gets out of bed every day and works hard for what they have, you have absolutely no right to try stand in the way of that; no matter what they do for a living.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geez

    "We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," That just shows the level of maturity involved and how seriously we should take them.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • keeth

      Truth stings, huh?

      November 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      keeth-That doesnt even make any sense

      November 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Capitalism has ruined so many lives, it is shocking. Our good paying jobs in industry after industry have been sent
      away by the owners of these companies. Think: small appliances, large appliances, toys, tools, furniture, automobiles, steel, electronics, clothing, shoes, industrial equipment, kitchenware, fabrics, paper products, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.
      These are industries and JOBS that are NEVER coming back! I understand companies wanting to increase their profits, but on the backs of Americans?? Other countries have some kind of PRIDE in their country, but not here. MONEY is ALL that matters. Sad.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sanjosemike

    Hmmmmm....somebody came to my house yesterday and DEMANDED under threat of violence that I go charge stuff on Black Friday.

    OK, that didn't happen. Come to think of it, nobody forces me to BUY anything.


    November 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Let's elect another Republican President and get carved a new one again!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    I would bet the majority of these people in this movement are the same people who go to work every day, put in 8 hours, and than leave immediately. Than cry how they deserve more. My CIO of my company makes a lot more money than I do. But guess what, he works a lot more than I do on average. He's in the office by 7 am and isn't leaving until 5, 6, 7pm. I'm not saying all of them but some of the people who make a lot of money do because they work their tails off.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Oh, good for them. Great that they make (for some weird reason) about 400 times what you make. Phooey!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaryS

    OK the silliness level has gotten dangerously high here. I have so far supported what the non-violent OWS are doing. I've sent you food, I've sent you blankets. But SHOPPERS trying to save a buck are not your target! And this is an insult to the folks that may be stuck in the stores working on a day they don't want to or are needing that extra $ in their paycheck. Personally I wouldn't go out on black Friday to the stores if my life depended on it. But I support anybody's right to do that if that's what they feel like doing! Somebody needs to do a mic check.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricksday

      Your free to support the betrayl of American workers by shopping with Corporations if you choose too. Thats the beauty of being an American. Its too bad the Corporations care nothing for the American People, only how they can profit at all costs. Materialism of the Holiday that should be about Peace and Joy.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary S

      Patrick, then why not go to the corporations headquarters or where the people are that you're protesting, rather than alienating the very ones you're trying to support?

      November 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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