American shoppers were out en masse on "Black Friday", and, even though it's just a normal Friday for those of us here in Canada, the Centre Eaton and the Ailes de La Mode shopping complexes were packed (I'll write more about my experiences today later).
Hmm... how was shopping in every anti-consumerist activist's most reviled department store chain?
""It was an adrenaline rush," Imbia Barry, who lost her scarf in the frenzy at a Wal-Mart in Marietta, Georgia, told The Associated Press.
"It was like a football team or something," Jesus Gonzalez, 22, who arrived at a South Texas Wal-Mart by 5:45 a.m., told the AP. "Man, it was crazy.""
I hope some of you were lucky enough to get Nintendo GameCubes with the Legend of Zelda bonus disks for the one day price of $74.99 like I told you to buy before.
Remarkably, even at Indymedia/Nazimedia, I had to scrounge to find any moderately amusing "Stupid Activist Tricks".
"Police in New York City arrested a man who declined to make a purchase in the Disney store on city?s famed Fifth Avenue shopping district. The Reverend Billy Talen was celebrating Buy Nothing Day with members of his flock and a gospel choir clothed safron-colored robes, They gathered at the famed Plaza Hotel at 1 PM Friday and proceeded through crowds of holiday tourists on the sidewalks outside F.A.O. Schwartz, Coca Cola?s New York City headquarters and other flagship stores. Approximately 20 uniformed police officers, some on foot and others in a variety of vehicles, tailed the spirited non shoppers as they headed downtown. When the group reached the posh Walt Disney outlet a few blocks south of Central Park, Rev. Billy, the choir and several worshipers entered the store.
Billy had less than two minutes to exhort the crowd to ?stop shopping and save your souls? when several uniformed police officers followed the group into the store. The reverend backed slowly out of the store, encouraging shoppers to ?buy nothing? and reached the sidewalk in front of the store without incident. As the choir members and others followed Billy out of the store, one of the officers informed Billy that the non-shoppers were blocking the sidewalk and had to move on. Continuing to walk backwards, Billy took a few more steps downtown when officers spun him around and pressed him up against a ?Cushman? style police vehicle, often used for traffic and crowd control. As the crowd chanted ?Shame! Shame!? and ?Free the Reverend,? Billy was handcuffed, transferred to a patrol car, and driven away.
The arrest represents an escalation of official disapproval of ?non-shopping? actions chronicled on Rev. Billy?s site at www.revbilly.com. Writing of a previous stop-shopping excursion into Wal-Mart, Billy wrote, ?The ecstatic release from shopping hit our church picnic like a hallucinogenic prairie wind. Children, listen to me. Have you ever seen a Wal-Mart manager run out of his big box with a red face and a baffling orange tie ? and actually take a city bus hostage? He screamed at the driver that she could not take our little church group on board. Why? -- because he, the manager, insisted that we be interrogated by the police for actively not shopping in his store. It must be illegal, somehow, someway. Our ?ritual resistance? required a full review by the authorities.? Police apparently decided today that entering a store and not shopping actually was illegal, as they detained Billy despite the compliance by the reverend and his flock that they leave the store and continue walking down Fifth Avenue."
Oh, please, Bill Talen, you idiotarian moonbat, you weren't arrested for non-shopping, you were arrested for creating a disturbance on private property with your Communist proselytizing. If I were in charge of the Disney store, I'd ring you up on racketeering charges, actually, as well as tresspassing. Technically, Disney can charge anyone on their premises they damn well like with tresspassing since it's not public property, but, for obvious reasons, shopping and browsing in a non-disturbing manner are sanctioned by the management.
Nelson Muntz says "Ha ha"!