On Black Friday an OWS member and his friends are trying to plan a boycott of various public stores and supermarkets because of the supposed "greed" of the corporations that own them. In essence, because they, #OWS, do not like the people running your local Wal-Mart, they are going to try and ruin Black Friday for thousands of people. How nice of them... Not.
The list of stores and establishments they want to boycott is as follows.
On Black Friday, Occupy or boycott:
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- Amazon.com (yes, we have to stay away from Amazon, too!)
- AT&T Wireless
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Dick's Sporting Goods (I was surprised, too!)
- Dollar Tree
- The Home Depot
- Neiman Marcus
- Toys R'Us
- Verizon Wireless
So! They are "occupying" some the nicest, cheapest, places to buy nice gifts. On Black Friday. When working class and middles class families will be trying to buy Christmas gifts for their families. But not only will #OWS be ruining the day for working and middle class families, they will be ruining it for pretty much everybody as well. The problems with this latest attempt to grab attention are as follows:
1, Businesses will make less profits, on days when they are already offering sales that lessen their profits.
2, if #OWS succeeds in shutting down an area business for a long enough period, it will be shut down, costing quite a few people their jobs.
3, if businesses are forced to lay off people, then those folks will likely go on unemployment.
4, Tax revenues that the government collects on sales will go down, leading to less revenue so that government will get less money. Meaning that they will just print more money and continue devaluing the dollar.
#OWS probably will not get enough people to shut down even one big businesses via their numbers. So, when they fail to do it that way the #OWS protesters will do what they have been doing: Turn the place into a sewer, or become violent and try and drive people off.
You can check out the list of one hundred stores that #OWS has listed as possible targets here: http://www.stores.org/2011/Top-100-Retailers
Or you can go to the link I was forwarded and check out the guy planning this in his own words. Needless to say, because it is an #OWS blog, the material accessible via this link is both ridiculous and annoying.