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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Filed under: Business • Economy • Holidays • Occupy Wall Street • Protest • Thanksgiving
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  1. @Kim

    They are not calling for groups to physically occupy stores with signs and chants. Get a brain and read the article! Some splinter group might do that, but OWS are calling for boycotts of large stores. Go ahead, call the cops on your half-empty store that day, genius! LOL, gotta love these trigger-happy trolls.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Just my opinion

      Well, considering a vast majority of America DOES NOT support OWS, your mission will fail miserably. People are not goingto boycott stores just because you are unhappy.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gerry

    I think that Occupy Wall Street is going astray by attempting to block retailers. That only gets people angry as can be seen in the other posts. Stay on target with Wall Street.
    And for all you morons who say 'get a job', you just don't get it, do you. There aren't that many jobs out there.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • corey

      Good comment. I absolutely agree with you.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Better yet, move off of Wall Street which provide jobs to many who are nowhere near the 1% and move on to Washington and Hollywood. That's where more of the inbalance is. And for those who can't find a job (or one that they think is good enough for them), they can join me in serving dinner to the homeless on Thanksgiving – or any day they like while they look for a job, volunteer their time, or do something productive. Making extra work for cops and sanitations workers doesn't count as productivity. Oh yeah, and maybe they can take a class in basic economics too.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      There especially aren't many jobs out in the OWS tents where the stds are being spread.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Now Hiring

      There are jobs but the problem is the employable people thinking they are worth more than they actually are and that taking a lower salary is beneath them. I've had to take a lower salary before and it sucked, but it sure beat sitting around like a bump on a log doing nothing collecting unemployment.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. U.S.Army-OverLord

    You can Occupy Toys R Us at your own risk. NOTHING will stop me from getting my kids those birthday and christmas gifts. 😉

    November 23, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    "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,"

    Here's a foreign idea to most consumers, live within your means. Only spend what you can afford and pay your credit card off every month. No credit card balance carried from month to month = no interest charges.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Postal

      But...but...but....spending the money you HAVE isn't as much fun as spending the money you WISH you had!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Here's a better idea, if you don't have the money in your checking account or in your wallet, don't spend it. Credit cards are just another way for people to live beyone thier means. If you will have the money next week, wait to buy it until next week.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      That exactly what I am saying Jeremy. If you dont have the money, dont spend like you do. I believe credit cards do have their value such as rewards programs and the peace of mind that i dont have a pocket full of cash that can be lost or stolen. My personal credit card in essence pays me to use it. It has a points based rewards system and I pay the entire bill every month.

      No interest charges and rewards for using the card...sounds like I'm "hurting" the 1% more than the occupy people.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. DG

    Someone really needs to educate these occupiers. I'm beginning to think that regardless of the economy, perhaps they are just too stupid to be employed anywere. I am part of the 99% – that does not mean I overcharge my credit cards. In fact, I have paid off my entire bill each month for the past 30 years. I do, however, love to get a good sale on Black Friday, I invest the little money I save in the stock market (which these people do not seem to realize helps the economy) and I worked my way through college by working at a couple of stores they are planning to occupy. Get real – if it weren't for hard working tax payers, who would be supporting these lazy lunatics?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. weucaowe

    Losers.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Postal

    Actually, they are just there to get in line early...

    November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric of Reseda

    Bravo, Occupy! BUY AMERICAN! BUY LOCAL! Occupy – the True Americans!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      True Americans will be putting their workboots in OWSers' as ses up to the third or fourth lace come Friday morning.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fiona

    I think it is a step in the right direction to make these retailers stop hurting us and make them aware of the pickle they have put us all in..........

    November 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. /facepalm

    I can see it now. These morons will trespass on private property, interfering with the rights of others, demand that we believe and act like they do, prevent people from working and shopping. BUT when the cops come to remove them from said private property they will all pull out their smart phones and cameras and make Youtube videos of "the brutal police tactics" crying that they were abused by the cops. I love how they can do what ever they want and it's "Free Speech" but officers can not enforce the laws that protect the people with out being called Fascist pigs. Bet if these same people were being robbed or their families injured they would want the Fascist Pigs there as fast as possible

    I hate these idiots and i soooo hope one of them tries to stop me from going into a store on Friday it will be very entertaining and a nice work out.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mfx3

      And when none of that happens, will you tune back into Fox News where they'll inaccurately report that it did?

      November 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah

    Idiots 🙁 This will only alienate the working middle class who have so far been sympathetic to the movement.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      The working middle class is sick and tired of listening to whining from spoiled little rich kids.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheRationale

    "We're too stupid to spend responsibly so we're going to protest!"

    November 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Major Obvious

    Why don't you Occupy job placement companies and get some lives instead. Stop screwing with everyone else around you just because you're too lazy to get with the other 99% of society that you're supposedly defending.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. mfx3

    Can't wait for Black Friday! All those retail stores staffed over the holidays by the regular joes while the executives take extended vacations with their families! Yay!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Quid Malborg in Plano TX

    I don't plan on doing ANY shopping on "Black Friday" and I never have, so I guess I'm good?

    November 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
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