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Originally posted by thehoneycomb
Personally I am not much a fan of Black Friday or OWS but I have heard reports that OWS protestors are planning on heading to the shopping malls, corporations like Best Buy and Wal-Mart in an attempt to deter shoppers on Black Friday.
Some are doing it to hurt corporations and some say they are doing it to show support for local mom and pop shops.
I am calling BS. This is America and people have the right to shop wherever they want without being harassed. If OWS decides to get in the way of consumers they are likely to get laid out on the curb and dealt with quickly.
Anyhow I think that this will be the end for OWS if they set out to become the christmas grinch and things will escalate and get ugly if OWS decides to target consumers rather then the so called 1% they despise so much.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
Well, surely you can understand how there is no more important day to many corporations in America than Black Friday. If you want to fight, you have to hit them where it hurts.
Retailers nationwide have gutted their full-time payrolls and slashed benefits. It's rare to get more than 30 hours and so that makes most empolyees ineligible for benefits. Those that do qualify find the premiums so sky high, there is little pay check left. At the same time executives are enjoying record salaries and bonuses yet stock prices are in the toilet. Prices of goods are high yet quality is poor.
I agree that people have the right to shop if they want but people have the right to protest as well.
Shopping like a brainless zombie and buying crap you dont need because you think its half price is the height of stupidity. What do i know anyway, i mean your system works right? Look around and tell me capitalism and consumerism works. Judge a system by how it performs not how you been conned into thinking its SUPPOSED to perform.
Originally posted by Kali74
Who says they're going to interrupt or harrass shoppers? There's no story, no link...nothing. Yet here where we claim to deny ignorance we get the anti-ows bandwagon taking their pleasure regardless of facts.
"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.