Black Friday is Aptly Named

Pace21 By Pace21, 27th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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People will brave injuries and even death to save money on Christmas presents.

A good Idea, Turned Dark

With Thanksgiving upon us, our thoughts turn to that most festive of traditions, Black Friday. Millions of Americans will flock to stores around the country, in hopes of saving some real cash on Christmas gifts. But for anyone who has ever braved the Wal-Mart at 4 AM to attend this dark festival, the money we save on gifts can more than be taken at the ER. Injuries and even deaths have occurred on this bizarre American custom. Mild mannered women turn into middle line backers, sweet grandmas turned crazed at seeing the last electric blanket go spinning off the pallet and men who are usually the more aggressive, are ran over and misused. I fear for my life every year and you should too.

Black Friday's Grizzly Past

Black Friday has had its share of mishaps. Some may remember the deadly stampede in 2008 at a Wal-Mart in Long Island. 2000 people forced open the doors and trampled the employees who had formed a human train in hopes of stopping the on rush of customers. A 34 year old temp was caught up in the rush and trampled to death. At that same event a woman who was 8 months pregnant, miscarried her baby after being pinned in the initial push. And 2008 seemed to be another deadly year for Black Friday. In Palm Desert, CA. 2 men took to shooting it out, like the Wild West, and one man was shot to death in front of his wife and kids.

Why Its So Well Attended

Although stores have made rule changes for this year, it is still a dangerous proposition to go out in a crowd, inevitably being caught up in a mob frenzy and taking your life in your hands, just for a half price laptop. It amazes me that for what amounts to saving a couple of hundred dollars, depending on what you are buying, people will risk their lives. Since people can’t be in two places at once, usually you only get to claim 1 or 2 items that are on sale, the others are gone by the time you get to where they are stored. So why would people who are sane 364 days a year, lose their minds for a day to save a little cash? I guess it depends on the person. Some people enjoy the atmosphere of the day; it can be exciting and getting a deal on something you intended to buy, is kind of like taking drugs, it has a narcotic effect on the brain.

I Wouldn't Miss It

No matter what your reasons, the danger of Black Friday does not outweigh peoples need to find good deals and join the mayhem that can be Black Friday. Either you brave the dangers or you spend a little more this Christmas, which ever you decide, I will see you there, because I love to go watch people and Black Friday is a great day to do that.


Black Friday, Injuries, Shopping

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27th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice informative article.

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28th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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