Soooooo Black Friday (of the soul) has barely started and already there are arrests, injuries, and mass chaos. Reports of Black Friday madness include:
- Fights in a WalMart line for $5 headphones
- A woman is arrested after throwing merch on the floor in a WalMart in Florida
- A cashier who passed out at a Dick's store in Alaska
- 11,000 people lined up at the Macy's store in New York City
- A brawl broke out at a JC Penney in Michigan
- A man pulled a gun in a store in Texas
People are posting video of the melees on YouTube, as they do every year. You can see people pushing, shoving, screaming, tearing at each other -- for $5 headphones!
Stores opened earlier than last year, and people in line waiting said they rushed directly from the dinner table to the nearest sale. Others skipped Thanksgiving with their families altogether so they could get in line early.
You know, I just don't get this whole thing. Is a $5 pair of headphones worth not only your safety but your dignity as a human being? I guess in a lot of circles, it is. I wonder how many of these people have anti-depressants in their cabinets at home. Hmmm, could it be that a pair of on-sale headphones does not actually enrich your life and fulfill your soul?
Anyway ... back to the sales. Look, people, there are sales all year long. And Black Friday sales are notoriously not as good as the hype would have you believe. So I think there's something more going on here -- and it's that people enjoy all of this chaos. They enjoy the excitement of not knowing whether they will get those price-reduced towels or that on-sale TV. They probably even enjoy the opportunity of going and arguing with perfect strangers. Somewhere to take out their anger rather than the usual victims (i.e. spouse and kids).
That said, overall, reports say that the crowds were essentially peaceful. But giving up time with your family to snag $100 off on a camera? Giving up your peace of mind and the safety of your person so you can get a gift card with your purchase? You can't take it with you, people.
Did you see any Black Friday chaos -- like this?
Images via YouTube