Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday indeed

A 34 year old man was trampled to death in a Wal Mart in New York trying to hold back the crowd this morning, and a pregnant woman was also knocked down and miscarried.

Really, people. Is a Playstation worth a human life? Is this what we've come to?

I'm sick of Black Friday. I think it's a despicable thing that the retailers of this country have done. They make us all so crazy about this incredible deal that's only available for 3 hours on one morning that we all have to just literally camp out the day and night before and then kill each other trying to get through the doors at 5:00 AM.

It would be more responsible, and indeed better for all involved, if these stores would run specials that lasted through the weekend, or even the next week, to attract people, and specifically did NOT open early or do anything special on Black Friday. Spread the shoppers out throughout the first week. It'd make things a lot more sane, and the retailers would still make the same amount of money, if not more.

It might even save a life or two.

Be careful out there if you do feel the need to shop today. Myself, I will not be going anywhere near a retail establishment for the foreseeable future.