Saturday, November 26, 2005

Coda

Did you know that Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is so named because it is the time of year when most businesses go "into the black" financially? I always thought it was because of the revolting and disturbing news stories taht resulted and the media's eagerness in covering them. After all, local TV stations are stationing their cameras outside stores that have huge deals so they get the chaos and the worst of human behavior on tape and pipe it straight into your idiot box at home.

Drudge is topping his site with a couple of choice stories of human suffering. For example, a 13-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman (possibly the pregnant one referred to earlier in the story) were sent to the hospital in Michigan yesterday. The girl was trying to help a pregnant woman up, who was knocked down. In return, she also was knocked down and stepped on.

I emailed that one to Red, with the note, "This is why we don't shop on Black Friday. Discounts on gifts are not worth you or the baby." I don't like being pushed or shoved or generally being in crowds and I've got a family to think about. Hearing about pregnant women and children being hurt always makes me extrememly angry.

Hearing about the eldery being mistreated angers me as well. A 73-year-old woman in Florida was knocked down and stepped on. That's someone's grandmother! How would you like it if someone did that to your grandmother?

There's also a video of a guy being subdued by WalMart security when he started getting violent after budging in line. Apparently, at this store, people were throwing laptops 20 feet in the air, and the crowd was diving on top of each other to get them. At another WalMart in Texas, a crowd got so unruly, an officer pepper sprayed them.

I actually had to talk Red out of going shopping yesterday. I couldn't believe she'd even think about it; this kind of thing happens every year, yet people go out and subject themselves to it again and again. I've heard the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Hm.

1 Comments:

Blogger Phantom_Driver, USNR, Ret. bloody well said...

Being politically incorrect has become a goal in my life. I loudly proclaimed "Merry Christmas" on black Friday whilst purchasing a stove on sale at Sears, and most of the store, including the owner, chimed in reply of same.

It works when we get in their faces.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1553/1841/320/merry.jpg

Here's the addy of a Santa on my site wishing people Merry Christmas (even liberals). Feel free to post it anywhere.

All the best,

Phantom

26 November, 2005 20:12  

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