I hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving celebrations with your family! I ate entirely too much food. But I enjoyed every bite of it!
Were any of you as shocked as I was by some of the Black Friday headlines?
- A Black Friday shopper at a California Walmart pepper sprays other customers so that she can get her hands on an Xbox.
- Black Friday shoppers force their way into and loot a Hollister store in NY because it did not open when they thought it should.
- A grandfather at another Walmart was thrown to the ground with such force by security personnel that he was bleeding and unconscious for 10 minutes. All this because he stuck a video game in the front of his jacket to keep other shoppers from taking it out of his hands.
- Black Friday shoppers at a Walmart nearly trample a woman to death in their rush to grab DVDs.
- At another Walmart, shoppers tear into a pallet of $2 waffle makers before the wrap is even removed from the pallet. Employees tried to stop them and eventually gave up.
What. In. The. World. ?????
It’s bad enough that we can’t even leave Thanksgiving in tact and stores start opening before midnight just to get a jump on the competition. Here in Chattanooga, there were people camped out in front of Best Buy on Tuesday. TUESDAY! They didn’t even have a Thanksgiving celebration with family or friends because they were so focused on getting that $200 TV. Wow.
It’s just stuff.
Hollister clothing, waffle makers, DVDs, and video games – these are not necessities. They are WANTS. Things we have convinced ourselves we have to have, but that we absolutely do not have to have. And we certainly do not have to fight people for them.
Black Friday used to be a fun way to kick off your holiday shopping, but it has really turned into a crazy free for all. I just can’t stand the mad rush of people knocking others out of their path and elbowing their way to the pot of gold – a stupid DVD or video game or TV or DVD player or whatever it is that they have to have.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a great deal as much as the next person. And I’m thrilled there were lots of people out shopping because my husband is in the retail business and more people shopping means more business for him.
I’m just not going to fight someone for a $2 waffle maker.
What do you think? Were you out there at 4:00 am or even midnight trying to get some good deals? Did you encounter any crazies where you were shopping? Do tell!