The Carnivalesque Rebellion Issue

BND Actions

A reader suggests what you can do this Buy Nothing Day.
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People in a mall are a mob of narcotized shopping zombies. It’s your duty to liberate as many of these poor souls as you can from their perpetual role in this horror flick, Night of the Shopping Dead.

If you see someone sitting on a bench, accost them: “Get off that bench! Resume shopping! We’ve got a planet to consume!”

Always subvert the stupidity of the marketing campaigns. Go into the Gap and ask if the “1969” jeans have been on the shelf for 40 years.

Go into Victoria’s Secret where the pics of the barely postadolescent models wearing almost nothing are plastered everywhere on the walls and ask if this is the adult bookstore and can you have $5 in quarters.

When in a high-end store like Lord & Taylor stop right in the middle of that obnoxious gang of perfume-spritzing ladies in black, remove a booger from your nose and look at it with same pride that the woman in front of you has for that bottle of Channel No. 5 she just paid $50 for.

Another favorite tactic: As you pass this haute couture stink zone, wave your hand back and forth, pretend you’re passing out and shout, “Oxygen! Oxygen!”

Bring a pillow from home and stuff it in your shirt or under your coat. Smile at the security guards as you exit the mall.

—Steven Martin


Find this and more reader's letters giving suggestions for action this Buy Nothing Day on our BND campaign page and find fellow activists near you at Meetup.com/Buy-Nothing-Day.


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what about detonating flea bombs in clothing stores? it'd take ages for them to get rid of the fleas.

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daring graffiti artists to start tagging expensive cars instead of only walls

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get 20 people to dress up as ronald mcdonald and go for a happy meal all together and get the security to kick them out. that would look amazing: ronald mcdonald being kicked out of his own franchise!

What About....

what about detonating flea bombs in clothing stores? it'd take ages for them to get rid of the fleas.

or

daring graffiti artists to start tagging expensive cars instead of only walls

or

get 20 people to dress up as ronald mcdonald and go for a happy meal all together and get the security to kick them out. that would look amazing: ronald mcdonald being kicked out of his own franchise!

slim

I like the whirl- mart idea, i added a few things to it though. My idea was to go in with at least 8 people armed with posters with different quotes or ideas about curbing consumption. As we whirl through the store we can stick them on shelves or drop them in peoples carts. Then as we exit, we can all leave our carts in front of the entrance, blocking it, and walk out.

slim

I like the whirl- mart idea, i added a few things to it though. My idea was to go in with at least 8 people armed with posters with different quotes or ideas about curbing consumption. As we whirl through the store we can stick them on shelves or drop them in peoples carts. Then as we exit, we can all leave our carts in front of the entrance, blocking it, and walk out.

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