Posts Tagged ‘black friday’

Apparently Black Friday had a little more impact than I previously believed. A new story has surfaced about a man who collapsed in a Target store and later died after nearly ALL of the shoppers around him completely ignored his distress. Two people, TWO, stopped and tried to help the man. An E. R. nurse and an off-duty paramedic were the only ones willing to do ANYTHING. The woman administered CPR, but the man passed away later at a local hospital. At least a couple of people made the effort, but apparently not before others casually strolled around, and even stepped over, the poor man’s body. Read about it here. It seems that for some people it really is all about the sale. Screw my fellow human being, look at the price on those slip covers!

There’s always a lot of news coverage for Black Friday (*shudder*), and any incidents that crop up are trumpeted, but other than a few isolated idiots (see other posts) there wasn’t really much going on. Considering how many shoppers were out yesterday (millions nationwide) it could have been much worse. Just one crazy woman with a loaded can of pepper spray, an over-enthusiastic off-duty cop, and a few robbery/shootings outside retail stores. Check this story.  This one says there were only 15 people caught in the woman’s spray-for-all. Then there were the robberies, or attempted robberies might be a better description. I hesitate to call those specifically related to Black Friday (*shudder*) other than they happened to occur on that day. Other than that the average shopper got to pack themselves into box stores like sardines and push and shove their way to awesome (or are they?) deals. I still don’t understand the appeal, but hey – I hate shopping anyway.

I shudder in fear just hearing those two words. Black Friday. Masses of retail shoppers foaming at the mouth for great deals on everything from clothing to electronic devices. I’ve never been a Black Friday (*shudder*) shopper myself, but I have been there from the other side. I worked for one of the retail giants a number of years ago as an assistant manager. Furbies were the “must have” toy of the season to give you some idea of how long ago that was. All of the managers had to get together and link arms to keep shoppers from grabbing boxes off the pallets before the sale was on. We had arguments, pushing and shoving, and even a fist fight. To this day I still have to shake my head at the insanity of it all. What material item do any of us need so badly that it causes such atrocious behavior? This year the big story so far is the woman who used her pepper spray on the rest of the crowd, but remember when that poor Wal-Mart employee was trampled by a Black Friday crowd? A person actually lost their life in the quest for a “great bargain”. Unbelievable.

Personally, I just don’t get it. My money is earned through hard work and dedication, and I’m not in so much of a hurry to throw it away that I would fight other people just for the chance to spend it on worthless crap. I mean, I have kids, and I understand how good it makes you feel to get them that perfect gift. However, I’ve got to say, not at the expense of mine and my family’s dignity. What lesson are your children learning from you when you behave that way? That it’s OK to assault other people for stuff as long as you get a bargain? I wonder how that woman who used pepper spray on the crowd is explaining that to her kids. It makes me sad and disappointed in my fellow human beings when I see things like this. What have we become when we’re willing to hurt other people in pursuit of a sale?

Apparently a woman shopping at a Wal-Mart  this Black Friday blatantly doused the surrounding crowd with pepper spray so that she could have first access to the items on sale. More than twenty people were injured in the resulting melee. The woman fled the scene, but police are searching for her now. Read the full story here.

Can you see why my first reaction was “What the f*ck?” I mean, come on, who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to use pepper spray on a crowd of shoppers just so you get first dibs? There were even children present. Children. It makes you wonder what in the world was going through that person’s head at the time. To make it even more unbelievable one person was quoted saying “I don’t care, I’m still getting my TV” ( Wow, you must really need that TV lady. Good luck with that.

Seems to me that both of those people need to re-examine their priorities a little. The one who used the pepper spray consciously and intentionally did physical harm to others for no better reason than she wanted a deal on a video game. The other one apparently just doesn’t give a shit.

How’s that for Holiday Spirit and Human Empathy folks?

Nov. 26, 2011 – Update

Here’s another version of this story. Some repetition here, but a few things the other story doesn’t have. Namely, that the woman who used the pepper spray did it more than once to get several different types of merchandise.

Nov. 26, 2011 – Another Update

Well, the lady who wielded pepper spray against her fellow shoppers on Black Friday has turned herself in. Check out the story here. There’s also an added story about a fight over some towels at another Wal-Mart.  Here’s a link to a clip on – Wal-Mart Towel Fight. Holy Shit, it’s INSANITY! Look at the little girl caught in the middle of the melee. You can hear someone screaming in the video. An officer quoted in the story said they were fighting over towels priced at $1.88. Wow, a towel at just under two bucks? Give me a baseball bat! I’ll get those people out of the way. No! Wait! I can use PEPPER SPRAY! Yeah, like that woman in California! That’s the ticket. Cheap towels here I come!