The whole world is laughing.
The Occupy Black Friday movement, which promises disruptive flash mobs, consumer zombies and carol singing over the course of today’s sales, seems to be no match for the consumer might of thousands of bargain hunters who have turned up at stores in force.
The group, which has formed on the back of the Occupy Wall Street protests, hopes to persuade shoppers to buy local and turn their backs on mega retailers.
But at Macy’s Herald Square in New York, just four activists chanted ‘boycott Macy’s’ and ‘stop supporting big corporations’ as around 9,000 people queued to shop at the landmark department store this morning.
Stores across the U.S. continue to brace themselves for potential unrest as protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement urge people to either forgo the annual retail frenzy, or to support smaller, local stores.
While there is little evidence of direct action so far today, each mini-protest promises some kind of surprise action on the day after Thanksgiving, which marks the traditional start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S.
But with thousands of shoppers turning out to find great deals this holiday, it looks as though U.S retailers are set to attract the National Retail Federation’s predicted 152 million shoppers over the course of the holiday.
There’s 152 million shoppers and four protesters, yet they still get attention. Pathetic.
Meanwhile, plenty of chaos at the malls nonetheless.