November 29th, 2013 has many names: Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day, Fur Free Friday. On Fur Free Friday this year, anti-fur protesters were able to march into Neiman-Marcus unopposed, marching back out when confronted by store managers.
There appeared to be no uniformed security on site, and the doors were not locked even though anti-fur protesters had just marched past minutes earlier, and even though fur protesters had been inside the exact same store the previous Sunday.
Marchers lined up single-file to fit through the doors, paraded through the store, and back out again without ever breaking formation, One person slipped off the march and headed upstairs towards the fur department before also being asked to leave.
Afterwards, store security attempted to order protesters to leave the area and not picket the outside of the store, This demand was refused, and when they said they would call the cops, they were told to go ahead. Cops showed up, took no action against protesters who had broken no law, and when they went inside probably had to deal with reminding Neiman-Marcus that they cannot arrest anyone for picketing outside, nor for entering a public building and leaving when asked,
Earlier in the day, security guards at Bloomingdales attempted to claim the massive sidewalk area outside their store to be “private property,” demanding that protesters leave. Again they were refused, again they were called on their threat to call the cops, but in MD the cops did not show up at all.
There is only one way to keep fur protesters out from in front of your store-stop selling fur!