Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Black Friday- Occupy Movement Targets Retailers

I'm not one of those consumerists who plans to snuggle up close with hundreds of shoppers lined up waiting to snag the best deals at retail stores on Black Friday. But there will definitely be hordes waiting in front of  places like Wal-Mart and Burlington Coat Factory, at some ungodly hour, looking for that great buy.  Some crazy young woman (and friends) in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida will have camped out 9 days in advance at their local Best Buy to get those discounted goodies.

But Black Friday participants might have their shopping fun thwarted by those gadfly Occupiers who have decided to take aim at large retail stores including Wal-Mart and Burlington Coat Factory. Yes, they are moving on from banks and wall street to retail: the big chain stores, and the publicly traded ones, that is, like:

Abercrombie & Fitch,, 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.

Small businesses are cool, however, and they encourage you to shop there on Small Business Saturday, just don't use your credit cards. Because American Express and Visa and MasterCard are, after all, evil corporations that force people to max out their credit cards. At least that's what the Occupy Black Friday movement seems to think. It has its very own website, (created by some malcontent called 'thescreaminghead' with his very own Facebook page), which states that

... 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. So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday."

Yes, those nasty credit card companies are holding a gun to every credit card holder's head telling him/her to "shop 'till you drop, or else."

What about taking responsibility for your own actions rather than blaming corporations for your lack of self-control? Of course, these are the leaches who want to be provided for by the government and can't be bothered to realize that many of those 99% of hardworking people work at those retail stores they plan on "Occupying".

They do make a point of saying: "We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist."


I don't think Occupy Black Friday will have much traction, and I don't expect too many will participate, but according to the stopblackfriday blog they do have some protests planned for Boston and Seattle. Seattle is targeting a Wal-Mart.

Please give these people jobs and get them off our streets!

Source CNN

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