One of my lovers was in tears this morning because she loves watching the local Macy’s parade on TV and for some reason, this year Portland’s was not going to be televised. Instead the local channels ran a 2 hours block of “paid programming” with no explanation. I searched the local webs including Macy Portland’s blog which promised but didn’t deliver pix/video. Fear of Occupy Portland maybe? Fear of violence against protesters caught on live TV? More likely.
Ahh well… if you weren’t shopping local, shaming Walmart shoppers or de-occupying the fridge of yesterday’s turkey, maybe you were participating in NO SHOPPING in solidarity with Chinese workers striking for a living wage.
Many tweeters and bloggers noted this irony. If you’ve limited your OWS support to retweets and Facebook shares because of fear of the escalating police violence/backlash against the Occupy movement, you should know shopping is no low-risk sport.
Black Friday Mayhem
Police use pepper spray to quell unruly crowd at N. Carolina Wal-Mart. An off duty police officer was arrested by his brother in blue for advising against the use of pepper spray in the presence of elderly shoppers and young children. An onlooker said the target of the spray was not “starting a fight” but had been pushed by the crowd and fallen into a display.