« on: November 29, 2008, 08:05:38 PM »
I hate the day after Thanksgiving. Always have. Millions of people go nuts over bargain priced items, and turn into a rabid mob. Every year I watch video clips of people crammed at doors, spewing forth into stores like a swarm of vermin. People get into fistfights over who gets the last big screen TV, or Tickle Me Elmo. It's ridiculous. I took a call from a lady who said she'd come in at 3:30 in the morning (for a sale that started at 5) and when she got a hold of the Cricut Machine (a cutting machine for scrapbooking) she'd wanted, another woman stole the item from her cart and when she demanded the woman return it she was punched in the face. Seriously, what part of your brain tells you it's okay to snatch an item from someone's cart and then punch them? And then there's the Walmart associate who was trampled to death on Long Island. Here's a quote from the article on MSN.
Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."
"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."
The sad thing is that this doesn't particularly surprise me. Nor does the shooting at a Toys R' Us. There's something about Black Friday, or Blitz as it's called at Walmart, that turns people into vicious lunatics.
So I would like everyone here to join me in boycotting Blitz. I refuse to do any shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, and I hope the rest of you will join me. I think that stores should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging this behavior. Great deals and special items are fine, but limited supplies and short sale hours make a dangerous combination. People go nuts because the sale only lasts a few hours and there is a very limited supply of the best items. I know people want to have a great Christmas, but this is a bad way to do it.