Just stop it already, you Black Friday idiots
Two years ago, on a lark, I did the Black Friday thing, as sort of a sociological experiment more than anything else. I consider myself above the fray on this whole issue; even as I was doing it I was lamenting the stupidity of having lowered myself to participating in the increasingly hyped event that is the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year.
So, yes, I did it. I will never do it again. You stand out in the cold for hours to face a mindset of madness, and for what? To save a hundred bucks on a laptop computer? It’s stupid. Last night on my way to dinner I drove by Best Buy at 6 p.m. — 6 p.m.! — and the fools were already lined up with tents, lawn chairs, etc. Apparently they were already there at noon. Allegedly some even Wednesday night.
Now, I know I went off on this last year, and I originally hadn’t planned on repeating myself. But then I came into work and saw this on the news wire:
NEW YORK — A worker died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers when a suburban Wal-Mart opened for the holiday sales rush Friday, authorities said. At least three other people were injured.
Nassau County police said the 34-year-old worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m., an hour after the store opened. The cause of death was not immediately known.
A police statement said shortly after 5 a.m., a throng of shoppers “physically broke down the doors, knocking (the worker) to the ground.” Police also said a 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospitals.
— Associated Press
I’m speechless. Someone actually lost his life because shoppers are freaking batshit crazy. Lost. His. Life.
Get a grip, people.