Posts Tagged ‘shoppers’

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?