Friday, November 25, 2011

Crossing the Black Friday Rubicon

Congratulations, America, we've just created a new Black Friday phenomenon. They call it "shopping rage." One headline-grabbing incident took place at a Wal-Mart in California's San Fernando Valley, according to the LA Times. Reportedly, a still-unidentified woman "trying to get her hands on merchandise used pepper spray to get rid of the competition ... It worked, apparently, as the woman reportedly made her purchase and exited the store." It seems the chaos began when "a whistle signaled the start of the Black Friday sale at 10 p.m., sending shoppers hurtling in search of deeply discounted items." A local resident described what happened next: "People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray. I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes." Wow. To quote a memorable line by Bubba Blue's mother in Forest Gump, here's my "Blue Light Special" message to all Wal-Mart shoppers: "Are ya crazy or just plain stupid?" Take a deep breath, people.

And speaking of crazy, the lady in the below Target commercial sums it up well:

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