I am always disheartened and lose alot of faith in my fellowman after witnessing this yearly madness and frenzy that goes on on this annual shopping day.
Watching the news this morning I am seeing story after story across this nation, along with film footage, showing people fighting, getting trampled and injured, and with little or no regard for those that have fallen down... and all for the sake of a sale!
Was it worth it?
It reminds me of that Who concert in Cincy 20+ years ago.... or 22 guys on a football field trying to jump on a fumbled ball...or throwing a piece of meat into a tank of sharks.
I saw one scene where security people were using pepper spray on shoppers as they open the doors. Yeah, that's using your head! We'll open the doors and then blind a portion of you so the people behind you can trample you.
I board myself up in my home and refuse to even venture outside on this day. I already had alot of my shopping already done anyway. I find pretty good deals on the 'net, and always get free shipping. It's the only way to go.
Shopping Season Off To A Wild Start
POLICE CALLED TO RESTORE CALM AT MTN. VIEW WAL-MART
By John Boudreau, Jessie Seyfer, Michele Chandler and HongDao Nguyen
The holiday shopping season kicked off Friday with a near-riot at the Wal-Mart in Mountain View as early-morning bargain hunters jostled with each other to get their hands on discounted laptop computers.
Police were eventually called to calm unruly shoppers who climbed over a display case and shouted in a desperate effort to get their hands on one of a couple-of-dozen Hewlett-Packard notebook computers -- on sale for just $22 off the regular price of $400.
While such Homer Simpson-like behavior wasn't the norm across the Bay Area, it gives new meaning to the so-called door-buster sale campaigns retailers used to lure the buying masses at the start of the season, which represents about a quarter of their annual sales.
More stores than ever opened at 5 a.m., including Kohl's, Mervyns, Fry's Electronics, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart. They enticed shoppers with promises of eye-popping discounts on portable DVD players, jewelry, laptops and LCD TVs.
Even Apple Computer jumped into the special Black Friday discounting frenzy. In an unusual move, the Cupertino company dropped prices of its new iMac G5 and its PowerBook G4 by $101.
After the Mountain View Wal-Mart opened at 5 a.m., hundreds of shoppers stormed inside, many charging the electronics department, where HP Pavilion laptop computers were selling for $378 for six hours only. The model normally sells for at least $400, according to Hewlett-Packard.
Customers sprinted to the counters, some leaping over them into the area where panicked clerks stood. A nearby display case was crunched to the ground, broken, witnesses said.
"I heard a mother yelling at her child saying, `I told you, you needed to be aggressive, you needed to get that!' '' recalled shopper Debbie Pavao, of Santa Clara. "And you could hear this young child saying, `But Mom, but Mom!' . . . The child couldn't have been more than 10 or 11.''
Within minutes, police showed up and order was restored. No arrests or injuries were reported.
A manager at the Mountain View store, who would only give her first name as Marilyn, downplayed the ruckus, calling it "just a normal blitz day.''
But Atherton resident and customer Juliet Herbst wasn't impressed with Wal-Mart's handling of the blitz.
"It's incredibly rude because the way they got us there was by advertising things that didn't materialize,'' she said. "They had big advertisements all over the place and there was no offer for rain checks.''
Near mayhem also was reported at Wal-Mart stores in Oakland, Orlando, Fla., and Renton, Wash.
Retailers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it launches the season they hope makes for a profitable year.
"Lukewarm promotions on Black Friday won't get consumers out of bed, so most stores went all out this year to ensure that they were part of the holiday hype,'' said Tracy Mullin, president and chief executive of the National Retail Federation trade group. "This will go down as one of the earliest and most promotional Black Fridays in history.''