On Class, Strategy And Shopping: What Happened At Occupy Black Friday

@La Cieca I'm guessing you've never worked retail? What the protesters did on black Friday was the same thing that bored teenagers used to do when I worked retail in college. Did the upper echelon of the company care then? Nope. Did management care? Nope, not really. Did those of us who were in charge of throw backs (or, returning stuff to shelves) care? Yep. Usually they took stuff from all of the different departments, threw it in the cart and then ran out in a cloud of giggles. Leaving us to stay after closing and put it all back. When stupid customer stuff like that would happen I would get home later - meaning I would be eating dinner later, would be studying later and would be seeing friends and family later. I was not happy with those teenagers.

This was the weakest thing that the protesters could do, IMHO. It's not going to impact the heads of the companies in question - in fact it got them more media attention. It's not going to rile the workers to their side as it most likely turned them off to the group. As a former retail wage slave I'm turned off by this action. To me it shows that they're far from having their finger on the pulse of the situation. They made the worst working day of the year in retail even crappier for those on the front line for the sake of making a point. How is that helping? This group, if they really want to make a difference, needs to pull their collective heads out of their collective arses and focus a bit more. Anyone with half a brain would have seen that this little cart stunt wouldn't do anything.

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 9:31 am 1