CNBC reports that Black Friday might be annoying for hurried and irritated after-Thanksgiving shoppers in more ways than one:
Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”
Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded, according to the Stop Black Friday website.
The goal of the movement is to impact the profits of major corporations this holiday season.
“The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits, ” states the Occupy Black Friday Facebook page.
A few of the retailers the protesters plan on targeting include Neiman Marcus, Amazon and Wal-Mart.
Their website states the following:
“Keep in mind that we are not occupying small businesses or hardworking people—we must make a distinction between the businesses that are in the pockets of Wall Street and the businesses that serve our local communities.
We are NOT anti-capitalist. Just anti-crapitalist.”
Here’s the list of stores they’re planning on “occupying” – so far:
– Abercrombie & Fitch
– Amazon.com (yes, we have to stay away from Amazon, too!)
– AT&T Wireless
– Burlington Coat Factory
– Dick’s Sporting Goods
– Dollar Tree
– The Home Depot
– Neiman Marcus
– Toys R’Us
– Verizon Wireless
I don’t usually do much Black Friday shopping until the afternoon, and even then it’s not for long – and never, ever at hectic places like Wal-Mart. But I may very well make an exception in this case, because I’d love to explain to these idiots just how “occupying” these retail outlets won’t just hurt “corporate profits” but more so the people who earn a living BY WORKING THERE, not to mention the people who need to shop there because they can’t afford the more high-end stores frequented by pampered snobbish liberal elitist college students.
Jazz Shaw is on the same page:
Well, well… if I wanted to win over the hearts and minds of the 99% in America, I’m sure one of the first things I’d try is to shut down the stores where financially strapped citizens are hoping to take advantage of big sales to scrounge up some Christmas gifts for their families. It also has the added bonus of cutting down economic activity at the retail end, which generally provides at least some jobs (even if they are temporary) during the holiday season. A third – and perhaps more stunning – bonus, is that the inconvenience you cause will fall almost entirely on the shoulders of the poor and middle class Americans you ostensibly claim to be fighting for. The hated 1% probably have personal shoppers.
Granted, if I somehow agreed with your basic premise, I might give you the first two on the list. Neiman and Abercrombie are fairly high end on the price scale and might attract more well heeled shoppers. But most of the rest of those stores primarily serve people looking to save a buck wherever they can. And you want to shut them down on Black Friday?
Oh, and as for your claim not to affect “hard working people,” you can peddle that elsewhere also. The folks you’ll affect are the ones who need their jobs working there. And they aren’t Wall Street fat cats. They are cashiers and stock clerks taking home minimum wage or a little above.
Then again, “brilliance” isn’t exactly these morons’ strong suit.
Should you be out and about shopping on Friday and encounter any “occupiers”, please make sure to get photos/videos – and if you’re in the right frame of mind for it, make sure to explain to them just who it is they ultimately hurt the most with stupid stunts like their Black Friday witch hunts. If I get the chance, rest assured I will do the same.