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Protesters say Black Friday is excessive, wasteful. Do they have a point?

November 27, 2010 |  9:37 am


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Black Friday -- the big shopping day afer Thanksgiving -- drew big crowds to malls.

TalkBut is all that spending too much? In Old Town Pasadena, a group of "anti-consumer protesters" picketed along the busy shopping district, urging shoppers not to buy so much. According to the Pasadena Star-News:

About seven protestors, some wearing gas masks and long-johns, tried to stop people from shopping. "We're constantly consuming even in the face of a disruption in the economy," said Rene Franco, 18, of Los Angeles. "More people need to be aware of this problem." The group organized through Adbusters, a Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine.

The group -- which carried signs with slogans such as "Don't pay $12 for breakfast" -- is supposed to hit the Grove mall on Saturday.

Do they have a point? Tell us what you think.


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Photo: Ilene Agan, 27, tries to get in touch with her fianc√©, who is securing a shopping cart at the other side of the store, at the Toys R Us in Torrance, which opened its doors to eager shoppers at 10 p.m. Thursday. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times