Occupy Flash Mob Hits Santa Ana Walmart

Categories: Occupy OC
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Brandon Ferguson
At 5 P.M., a "flash mob" of about 20 activists from Occupy Santa Ana quietly filed into the Walmart on Harbor Blvd. and McFadden in Santa Ana to tell employees not to come to work on Black Friday--the busiest shopping day of the year. 

Within minutes, they were standing shoulder to shoulder behind the store's cash registers, and in call and response format, began shouting from a prepared script.


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Brandon Ferguson
"It is wrong that the corporation you work for is making you come to work in the middle of the night when you should be at home with your families," the group declared in unison. "It is wrong that their profits soar while you struggle to make ends meet."

 
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Brandon Ferguson
Startled cashiers did their best to continue working while customers, some recording the event with cell phone cameras looked on. One employee was heard radioing for a manager to come to the front of the store. The entire spectacle lasted no more than three minutes and ended with the group chanting "You are the 99 percent!" as they exited the store and melted into the parking lot. It was rumored their next stop was the Walmart located at Lincoln and Tustin in Orange.  

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Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

I am curious, how did epobirs comments all of a sudden become Guest?

OnLikeDonkeyKong
OnLikeDonkeyKong

Easy for these flash mob assholes to say.  They don't work there.  Probably a bunch of 99er's or welfare slouches feeding off the public trough.

Tmnsharp
Tmnsharp

Seriously come on now! Get a life!!! Go to work and stop wasting everyone's time and costing us taxpayer money

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

I think all walmart employees deserve full health care coverage and higher pay, even part-timers. I also believe non-negotiable wages  is not fair. Occupy movements and unions share a common goal, which is better wages and benefits for the 99 percent.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Many WALMART lower level employees that have families DO have healthcare, it is called Medi-cal, paid for by taxpayers as WALMART refuses to pay their workers livable wages. As I have heard WALMART offers classes to their employees how to obtain welfare benefits...

epobirs
epobirs

So you're saying it's wrong for citizens to apply for entitlements paid for by the taxes of higher earning citizens?

Are you aware that employer funded health care came into being as a reaction to a freeze on wages, causing employers to seek other forms of compensation to hire workers away from other companies? That this gross distortion of the market for medical services was driven by another gross distortion imposed by ham-fisted government edict?

If you want healthcare to be affordable to the average person it needs to be more like other forms of insurance that are solely concerned with catastrophic situations and let day to day medical services be driven by a direct relationship between consumer and service provider. Does your car insurance get involved when you need an oil change? Does your homeowner policy make sure you have food in your refrigerator?

If you want the benefits of a free market, first you need to get rid of the parasitic middlemen. There is a reason we now have medical tourism, where people go to foreign countries for high quality surgical procedures at a fraction of the cost of doing the same here. Those countries treat medical services like any other product in a competitive market and reap the benefits of lower cost and increased innovation.

jerry
jerry

Shame.The idea of going to walmart and doing that is arrogent, dumb, and runs counter-intuative to the american dream. Tomorrow hundreds of small busines owners are going to be manning their shops working through a holiday "to make ends meet". People can quit, they can call out sick, they can move aside for the ambitious take their hours. Plenty of people i know work 7-days a week, no breaks, no lunches. small business sowners do it all the time. its a free system with lots of compitition, and for those people to go there and lecture people with jobs on what THEY should do is embarrassing.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

The system is wrong. Dont you think its unfair that we as humans have to work every single day just go get by and make ends meet? that is a very depressing and miserable lifestyle if you ask me.

 Walmart is not small business, in fact you should realize they eliminate small business because small business cannot compete with Walmart.

 The occupy movement stands for the rights of the working class, such as yourself others and myself. As do Unions. We cannot win this struggle on our own we need everybody, even you.

epobirs
epobirs

The system is wrong? You should hop in your time machine and go live with the folks of a thousand years ago. They had such better lives than most anyone today.

Wal-mart does not eliminate small businesses. It eliminates weak and poorly run businesses. A critical difference. I've kept a close eye as the first Wal-mart opened in this region about a decade ago and have yet to see a single example of a small business fail that would not as easily happened if a competitor of the same scale but better run entered the local market.

It's easy to run a small business in the shadow of Wal-mart. You just specialize in those areas a generalist like them cannot perform in. It does require brains and effort, so I can understand how Occupy types might feel shut out.

Unions do not represent me and haven't in my lifetime. All of the gains that mattered were part of federal law long before my birth. The unions long since stopped having any purpose but self-enrichment and being instruments of power for the corrupt. I've lost track of the number of times people I knew were screwed over by things the union supposedly protecting them negotiated. Look at the 2005 grocery workers strike. They ended up accepting a contract with less value than what the companies had offered in the first place but the union instructed its member to vote against sight unseen.

The Occupy movement stands for idiocy manipulated by leftists and unwilling to do the work to understand the real problems leading to the current economic woes in order to address what should be done to avert more of the same. Hint: none of this was possible without feel good initiatives pushed by pushed by lefties in elected office. Actions have consequences. The exercise of power without consideration of this opened the doors for some very ill-conceived financial activities. The same people claiming they were acting to help the disadvantaged did them great harm instead. Because you cannot just wish a better world into existence. You have to actually work out the fine details of what effects a proposed change will have.

Guest
Guest

Exactly, Gilberto! Ya see, unions are the Problem! Unions are NOT workers. They are not the 99%. Unions are ruining America. 

Occupy LA should organize against unions and refuse to leave the lawn at city hall until SEIU is disbanded. I know you wrote the same thing Gilberto but I thought I'd state it more clearly.

GET RID OF UNIONS! Make Unions PAY!!!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

An anonymous post by a coward that refuses to make his/her identity known posting lies as facts does not rate any reply or carry any argumentative weight.

Guest
Guest

Dude. I am not jealous of unions nor would I join one. Union members are sheeple and unions are corrupt. I pity the fools caught up inthis ridiculous pretend movement brought to us by Soros & Co. I find it interesting that while these occupiers cry that specialinterests have undue influence on the political process, the SEIU is the FIFTH-largest political contributor ofany third-party group since 1989, and have doled out more than $37 million topolitical candidates, parties, and organizations. In fact, five of the top 10groups in terms of political contributions are unions.

Further, in the past two elections, American labor unionsreported $2.2 billion in political expenditures. The SEIU spent more than$55 million on political activities in 2010 alone. The American Federation ofState, County and Municipal Employees--which alsosupports the Occupy protests--was the year’s most politically active union interms of expenditures, with more than $66 million going to its politicalactivities.

Make Unions Pay! Soros should be sent the $13 million dollar national bill for cleaning up this fake grassroots movement.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

WALMART is the icon of the anti union forces led by the Koch brothers and the right wing. The right for workers to band together to negotiate for fair wages is what has your minimum wage, has your safe work place, has made child labor illegal in the United States. Most people I know that speak out against unions are actually jealous of what union workers fought to obtain. But most people now a days speaking against unions are talking about Government Employee Unions and wish they had the benefits that those members share.  The biggest argument they have against the government employee unions are pensions. but managers collect the largest pensions overall, case in point, Former Sheriff Carona still collects his $20,000 a month pension in prison. (or his wife does, and supports Sancho with it hopefully) for a breakdown check this link: http://www.voiceofoc.org/blogs...

Guest
Guest

In all, what is truly wonderful about reading these posts is that obviously there is still a ton of work out there for TEACHERS!!!

Mencia
Mencia

Billflyby, so true. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” — Isaac Asimov

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

Their hearts may have been in the right place but this wasn't the way to do it. It only gets bad publicity from the shills. The Occupy movement needs to organise ASAP & stop acts like this, otherwise what support they have will vanish. But fuck you shills & non believers anyway.      

Funny How? Clown Funny?
Funny How? Clown Funny?

One employee was heard radioing for a manager to come to the front of the store,I guess thats Wal Mart´s little rodent pet who thinks theyre gonna move up the store ladder, but unfortunately, they will probably remain at the bottom

epobirs
epobirs

Sounds like bozos to me. In the same position I'd call management out there, too. Why should they miss out on the day's most amusing event and possible escalation of same?

Jeff Nach
Jeff Nach

Yeah Occupiers! FUCK WALMART!!!

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

"You should be at home with your families!!! Therefore, we're going to fuck with the means to which you support your family i.e. your job!!!!" 

William Pender
William Pender

Fucking idiots.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

Dont comment if you dont have anything constructive to add the discussion.

Guest
Guest

Ummmm... William Pender has permission to add any type of comment, whether inappropriate or constructive or damaging or helpful. This aint city hall.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Yea the moron from Texas still has the right to make stupid comments, just like you do, and Gilberto has the right to call him on his BS!

Conor Loughran
Conor Loughran

Great news. The domino effect is becoming unstopable in America. I only wish the people of Northern Ireland would take a look at what is happening all around the world now. Many of the people in the province were glad of the support they received world wide during the British Occupation. Now, as their brothers and sisters of all nations of the world call on them for mutual support, they refuse to acknowledge their plight. May be we're just selfish. Or, alternatively, may be they don't even know what's happening. Whatever the reason I will not give up the cause of human emancipation. I will do all I can to help create in Northern Ireland what the people of America have created in their towns and cities ... Viva La Revolution

Guest
Guest

Hey Connor, where can I send you some campaign contributions? 

Yee shall be our next mayor.

MatsudaClan
MatsudaClan

most employees these days could use the double time holidy pay.  the protestors should have been there to fill out job applications. let the employees make their own choice i support the Occupy Movement but their goals have to be relevant, clear and effective, unify with clear objectives, get representation in washington who backs your adgenda, and implement and mobilize effective action. stunts like this just diminish the cause and call attention away from the real important issues.  

Ejrankin28
Ejrankin28

The problem with representation in Washington is that some politician is simply going to use the movement to gain popular support, win elections, and then go on and follow the agenda of their political party, which is the agenda of its sponsor, big corporate money. The goal of the Occupy movement, seems to me, to be to bring down the big corporations so that politicians can represent their constituents instead of their sponsors.

mookie
mookie

the OWS movement has been in bed with the Dems since day 1.The DNC has been selling OWS lawn signs since September. The biggest union contributor, SEIU has already taken over the NYC OWS.

In fact, on N17, up until 4:30PM only 300 protestors showed up. When work let out at 4:30-5PM, the unions came out in force. Foley Square is surrounded  by Government buildings filled with union workers. when they showed up, suddenly there were 3000 marchers.

Now, Nanacy Pelosi is campaigning and fundraising using OWS as a focal point.This Million Hipster March has failed and it's been led by the nose by liberals who were out to use them from the start.

Does anyone here really think that I could  hand Obama a note at a rally? And then it would be photographed PERFECTLY in his hand when i did?

Wake up folks, OWS is a fad, created by and used for the political establishment by the Unions who support Obama.

JustGiveUp
JustGiveUp

That's not going to work no one is going to quit and just not go to work they also sign the paper work that states are you willing to work weekends so don't be complaining and for those people in the flash those people are idiots just give up already.

Guest
Guest

It is a shame that these poor workers were subjected to such harassment. 

"Be like us! Don't work!" 

Yeah, great advice...

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

in my experience at a occupy rally, most people were employed. If not full time students. Check your facts. :)

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Someone makes comments that actually went to a rally? WOW amazing! and does not spout off the typical Foux Snews soundbits.

Guest
Guest

Gilberto: proper English would be "an" occupy rally. 

Artpedroza
Artpedroza

How ridiculous. Further proof that Occupy is a waste if time.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

Defend your arguments if you want people to take you seriously.

mookie
mookie

Defend how?

By explaining that 99% of America laughs at these misguided fools who have been co-opted by Unions like SEIU who want to pass the flawed jobs bill that provides UNION jobs, but nothing for those who can't rebuild roads and schools as part of the Big Unions?

When the rest of America (who OWS claims to represent) is VILIFIED by those in the movement, it just makes you look foolish.

Why would anyone join a group that belittles their job choices? Why would anyone join a group that tries to block the 99% from working? Or try to stop the 99% from buying groceries or Toilet Paper for their kids by trying to occupy stores??

Go get a plan, and agenda, and a leader, then come back and talk to us.

Until then, you are nothing but annoying - and you cannot annoy America into changing anything.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

Next stop Starbucks!  They raised my small coffee from $1.50 to $1.65.   I can no longer spread three dollars over two days for the most basic of daily habits. They better watch that crap.   Too late probably, not going to buy there as much. and not going to spend three bucks on a muffin.     

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

you neglected to say stale muffin... & they refuse to warm them up for you.

A coffee drinker
A coffee drinker

Don't shop at starbucks. They sell great coffee: organic, taste great, and usually pretty good service. If a $1.65 is too high a price, there are lots of other places. If starbucks notices they've lost you as acustomer, they may lower their price... or they may continue to sell great coffee to the millions of other people that are willing to pay an extra quarter for premium coffee. good coffee and good locations aren't cheap. You can't have the best quality at the lowest price

Katherine Long
Katherine Long

honetsly if your too lazy to make your own coffee you can get a big cup for cheaper at 711 and chevron gas stations and it tastes way better.They even have flavors like pumpkin spice,vanilla and moca.

909Jeff
909Jeff

You can always make your own... 

epobirs
epobirs

Funny, the last time I worked for a big retailer I was always glad when special sales with odd hours came up because it meant opportunity to clock more hours. It's been a few years but things like holidays were an overtime opportunity.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Yes, and you probably NEEDED the OT just to catch up on bills as you were working for near minimum wage.

Did you know that WALMART employees in China are represented by unions?

epobirs
epobirs

My, you're just full of assumptions and meaningless side arguments, aren't you?

I haven't worked for anything near minimum wage in my entire life but have always resented government bureaucrats deciding what value I can put on MY labor. If I wanted to work more hours to earn more money, that is my business. It is also my decision when I feel financially secure enough to turn down paying work.

Question: Do you know anyone working for near minimum wage? I don't know where you can get such a job. Certainly not at the Wal-marts or McDonalds around here. Their starting wage was about 40% above minimum wage the last time anyone mentioned applying for a job there.

But tell you what. How about you create a colossal retail empire that caters to the most cost conscious consumers while paying your most low level employees a significant multiple of minimum wage. It must be easy if EVIL Wal-mart can achieve what they have. Well? I'm waiting.

And how is Wal-mart in China, an essentially whole other company with licensed name, pertinent to the conversation? Do you realize what a tragic joke it is be a union member in a totalitarian dictatorship such as the PRC? Do you really think those workers are ever going to throw a strike and make any serious demands without fearing for the very lives? Or do you work at being a silly person?

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

yea yea yea,  ya know why don't you stick to your south eastern conservative weeklies and techie sites.

Minimum wage was not determined by government bureaucrats, Open a book and learn something, They have been created by acts of congress, (yes by Union member demands) and each state has their own Legislative Guidelines. I have no idea of what you do or who you are. All I can see is where you have commented and what you have commented unlike many here you remain totally anonymous yet expect people to pay attention to you. You could be typical Alec astroturf paid for by the Koch brothers to go to blogs and spread their right winged vitriol

Minimum wage in Calif is $8.00Hr, and I will not even walk into any WALMART store but from what I have read they definitely do not pay 40% more than that. I just spoke with the manager at a local Corporate owned McDonalds, and she stated that they pay Min wage period. (except for Management of course) My point was if a person works retail in the USA it can be pretty sure they are NOT paid a wage that a one income earner can support a family on. Also called a "Fair" Wage.

Yes WALMART is a super colossal retail empire. It was much fairer when the old man ran it. When the Kids took it over, it really grew but not in a good way. I remember when they were forced to remove the "Made in USA" from their trucks, as it was a lie! Sam Waltons offspring are right there with the Koch Brothers planting cash in legislators pockets to buy influence... They are the largest single employer in the world and also have the highest rate of labor violations nationally as well as the highest number of claims heard by the NLRB.

Yes it seems you do realize, (where many do not) that China is NOT our friend. Yes they are still Communist, but the Party Leaders are now learning Greed... I have read that 45% of all non-agricultural workers are union members. They actually won a strike against Honda Motor Corp.. Of course they are not like Unions here in the USA. and the Waltons are heavily invested there.

The point in the Article and the Occupy Wall Street movement is get Corporate Greed out of the Government. To stop the 1% from attacking the 99%.

GetOverUrSelf
GetOverUrSelf

First people complain & are upset they don't have jobs. When they do have jobs they are being "encouraged" to not show up for work. If your family is making you attend thanksgiving dinner at midnight I protest them not my employer! STOP ALREADY!!

Funny How? Clown Funny?
Funny How? Clown Funny?

Thats cause youre stupid and narrow minded and settle for less. You big dummies dont see the big picture. I guess you all will remain on the sidelines like punks who just dont want payback, so keep debating shit you dont fully understand.

Confused by you.
Confused by you.

Clown, why are you attacking and degrading other people? What are your credentials anyway? Where do you get your information?

Conor Loughran
Conor Loughran

Dude, you've been hoodwinked. For the past years 30 the corporations and their partners in government have been attacking family and community solidarity. If we lose this battle don't think the corporations won't come after you. But we won't lose. We are determined to bring about change. And after the Revolution you will be welcome to share in the fruits of a brand new society.

Mister Iddington
Mister Iddington

 I keep hearing the need for "family friendly" work policies from people on the left.  We need to "spend more time with family".

 Yet in the European countries that mandate vacation time, high pay, and lower hours the birth rate is abysmal.  People get family friendly policies but then start neglecting to have families. Most if not all EU nations have a birth rate below 2.0 and because of that their aging population is driving up costs and unless entitlement reforms are taken the entire system will collapse in debt when there's just not enough workers.

If you'd like to have your valueless worker's paradise be my guest and keep making a fool of yourself, but anyone who knows anything about economics or history knows that your youth revolution would result in the social democratic state that is slowly failing around the world.

The pragmatist asks "This is how people are, how can we deal with them?The revolutionary asks "This is how people should be, how can we change them?"

Guest
Guest

OK, Connor, and we will have you to thank for for this fruitful, brand new society? Awesome, I simply cannot wait!

Funny How? Clown Funny?
Funny How? Clown Funny?

Im with you pal, these morons on here commenting against the protests are such zombies, they make us look like the 1%ers haha.

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