black friday shopping

I know the economy is bad and all, but when shopping on Black Friday, always follow this very crucial strategy: When tempted by a really good deal on a holiday gift, make sure the cost of your bail incurred for the crime you committed to obtain said item does not exceed the discount on said item. This would seem to be common sense, but it's not to everybody, particularly the lady in Los Angeles who actually used pepper spray on competing shoppers at Walmart last night. No doubt she got the idea from the University of California Davis cop who blasted a couple of protesting college students last week. Guess what item was worth the risk of acquiring a criminal record?

An XBox 360. Which means in all likelihood, this woman is a mother with kids. What an excellent example to set for them! The woman was waiting in line at Walmart in Los Angeles, and when the doors opened at 10, she burst into the store and made a bee line for electronics. As soon as a clerk removed the plastic to the XBoxes, which were half price, she let loose her pepper spray, injuring a crowd of about 20 other shoppers, including children! What has our world come to if we would risk blinding children for the sake of a video game. We are a seriously messed up people, my fellow Earthlings.

And the worst of it is ... she's still OUT there. Stalking, shopping, and ready to fire at you if you reach for that thing SHE had her eye on first. The pepper spraying incident caused such commotion that the woman was able to grab her video game, make it to the cash register, and leave the store with her prize in hand. Police think they got a good look at her on surveillance cameras so it's only a matter of time before they nab the insane shopper and charge her with assault. Merry Christmas to her!

All for a half-price sale that saves her about $100? Maybe $200? Stories like this make me feel so much better about my choice to just stay home gorging myself on leftover pumpkin pie, waiting to order online a week before Christmas, and paying full price and exhorbitant shipping.

Have you been out shopping on Black Friday? What's the craziest thing you've witnessed?

 

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