The Perils of Black Friday

I realize that there are bargains to be had in retail establishments the day after Thanksgiving.  I realize that there are sometimes people that are obnoxious about camping out to get the best deals.  Personally, I feel that anything that requires me to wake up at 3am to stand outside for a few hours better have naked men or a championship bowl title attached to it.  For the most part, though, people seemed to be cordial in the crowded aisles today.  I had to go grocery shopping so I tried to hit Target at lunch, but it was a no-go.  They need to a)open up all shopping lanes, and b)designate lines for Black Friday specials and the rest for the day-to-day ordinary shopper.  What a mess.  Thankfully, WalMart at 1130pm had no lines–just the night stockers to deal with.

But nothing excuses the behavior in these two examples.  In Long Island, people were so anxious to get into a WalMart in the wee hours of morning that they trampled down the door and several people along with it.  An eight month pregnant woman is in the hospital, and a WalMart employee died from wounds sustained in the event.  He was 34 years old, and all he was doing was trying to open the doors for business.  People ran right on top of him and refused to leave the store when told someone had died.

Not to be outdone, two men were killed at a Palm Desert, California, Toys-R-Us later this morning.  I don’t know what kind of parent is carrying a gun into a toy store, much less what would provoke shots to be fired.  But for two people to die?  Over something like a Dora the Explorer doll or some other such nonsense?  I don’t understand.

As for me, I’ll brave the crowds when absolutely necessary.  In the meantime, I’m sticking to Amazon.  Delivers straight to the house and someone else has to deal with the traffic.  Works for me! In the meantime, my thoughts are with the Black Friday tragedy families.  What a way to remember the holiday.

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