Shoppers should be ashamed of themselves. Black Friday is supposed to be a day all about getting the best deal on Christmas gifts for family members and friends that you really care about, but some involved in the holiday shopping frenzy paid the ultimate price for these lower prices.
An overnight stock clerk at a Wal-Mart in Long Island was killed when he tried to contain the mob waiting outside the store for the doors to open at 5:00 a.m. Apparently the crowd just couldn’t wait for the doors to open, so they broke them down themselves, trampling the man as they rushed inside to be the first to get their grubby hands on the hottest gifts of this season. There have also been rumors that a woman at the same store suffered a miscarriage when she was knocked to the floor by the crowd.
If this wasn’t bad enough, some people apparently thought that they would need to be protected during this holiday rush, so they brought their guns to a Toys “R” Us in Palm Desert, California. The Los Angeles Times reported that two people were shot and killed in an altercation between two groups of shoppers at the children’s toy store. Really, people?
I know the economy is bad and Christmas shoppers are doing all that they can to save a buck or two, but our country should be ashamed of itself for turning into a nation of greedy consumers that will put people’s lives at risk just to buy something else to adorn their living room or who will ruin a child’s Christmas and entire life by killing one of their parents over a shopping altercation. It’s just really pathetic that people have lost their lives over junk that they could have lived without.
Companies just need to stop with the Black Friday bonanza, or stretch it out over a few days, because the monsters it’s creating are horrible and are destroying the holiday season. Give people a week instead of just a day, and all of this psychotic behavior wouldn’t be as bad.
For those who want to avoid this holiday madness, at least you have Cyber Monday to look forward to. You can sit in the comfort of your own home looking for online deals on great products that you won’t have to fight a 250-pound mother of six over, and there is no risk of you or anyone else being killed. So next Christmas, instead of being involved in a deadly and ridiculous holiday ordeal, just stay home and shop. Maybe eventually stores and consumers will all regain their holiday spirit and quit taking part in a tradition that is truly one of the blackest days of the year.