Saturday, November 26, 2005

Bringing Color to Black Friday

A new tradition has taken root in Delaware alongside the Wilmington Parade and crazed crowds of shoppers. As reported in the New Journal, the White sisters have celebrated "Buy Nothing Day" on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the last five years. For the consecutive second year, they have been arrested for strolling into Christiana Mall and handing out free samples of "nothing."
In Philly, they once booed Santa Claus. Yesterday Santa, portrayed by environmental activist Allan Muller, got hauled off by the police:
"The mall security kept saying you can't be here," White said. "They said, 'You have to leave.' But if we're being told to leave, they should tell us the grounds why they're making us leave."
By 12:20 p.m., the handcuffs came out.
A state trooper put Muller's hands behind his back and cuffed Santa.
Anna White had the last word:
"All we want for Christmas is free speech, but I guess we can't get it at the mall."
(Photo: Suchat Pederson, The News Journal)

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