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Shop til Drop, SFPD Shopping Enforcement Squad, Mall Sheep (17 photos)
by B. Marsh (subbrian3 [at]
Thursday Nov 29th, 2001 2:47 AM
17 photos followed by text (545K)...

On the busiest shopping day of the year a herd of consumer sheep
crowded into the Union Square area, bleating “baah...buuy moore
stuuff” and “sweeeatshop”.

Signs carried by the sheep read:
United We $pend - Don’t worry - buy happy
Global Justice is the only national security
America - Open For Mindless Consumption
America - Open For Immoral Capitalism

Lady Liberty accompanied the herd as she handed out Christmas
Gift Exemption Vouchers:

The herd was tailed by SFPD’s elite Shopping Enforcement Squad.
As the herd meandered on crowded sidewalks SFPD officers
preemptively blocked access to major retail establishments.

Later, a smaller herd made its way to the Constitutional Rights-free
public/private space of the Mall.
Starting at Nordstrom on the top floors of the San Francisco
Shopping Centre, the bleating sheep took the circular escalators in
the central atrium down several floors before men in suits began
talking into their sleeves. The herd was escorted out by nervous,
underpaid, security guards as they took the escalators down the
last few floors.

On the street a person walking by the herd said “This is great - I
thought irony was dead!”
In front of the GAP, as the sheep bleated “buuy moore stuuff”,
a shopper asked, “What’s this about? You’re protesting the Gap
using wool in their clothes or something?”

For information on Buy Nothing Day go to Adbusters:

> Consumerism <

Street Theater - Sheep Herd hits SF stores for Buy Everything Day!
2nd Annual Convergence of the Consumer Herd
A Buy Nothing Day celebration

November 23, 2001

Union Square Area with an excursion to Nordstrom
and the San Francisco Shopping Center, Market St.
San Francisco, CA USA
by wow
Thursday Nov 29th, 2001 3:09 AM
and i thought buy nothing day was going to be lame this year. these pictures are really great!!
by inspired
Thursday Nov 29th, 2001 12:03 PM
great action! inspiring, uplifting and funny.
esp. love some of the looks on passers by, and the two goons by the escalater.
by Rachel
Thursday Nov 29th, 2001 9:31 PM
Oh, that's what was going on!

I knew from the eye-watering B.O. and the smug self-righteous attitude that you were protesting something, but you were too inarticulate to make any point.

So, the answer to the world problems is to buy NOTHING! Great idea, too bad none of you is capable of an original thought.

There was that one guy, I swear he shit his pants before putting on the sheep's mask. Is the protest against bathing as well? If you're going to walk around civilized people, you should really clean yourself at least one every four months. Don't worry, it's not capitalism if you wipe you ass and shower regularly.