Black Friday is quickly becoming a horror flick for some Americans
That's the headline from today's rush to save a few bucks on a new laptop. The sub-head would include the facts that customers continued to flow in even as paramedics worked on the guy as he lay dead in the middle of the floor. Oh-- I'd be remiss if I didn't include that a pregnant woman was also among four others injured when she was knocked down in the rush. (EDITOR'S NOTE: later stories indicate woman did NOT lose her baby as originally reported.) Hey, Don King-- can I get an, "Only in America?"
Funny, but that's not a reason why I don't get caught up in the Black Friday madhouse. I'm not saying I don't get the paper and go through the ads, because I do. But even when I find a great deal I don't go out at 4 a.m. to try and get it. I did that one year at my wife's urging only to find that the HDTV I was hot for was "HD-ready" not an HDTV. I almost created a headline like the one above when the Sears employee told me that. He didn't care that I woke up at 5 a.m. to get this deal. When I informed him he has to honor the ad in the paper he shrugged, "We don't carry that. But we do have something just like what you want right over here for a few bucks more..." Ahh, I'd fallen victim to the ol' bait and switch. I gave the guy an expletive-free tirade and went home to go back to bed.
But, that's just one reason I don't do the Black Friday thing. Today, when I was out an about I stopped at Dunham's to find everything I had interest in was still available at Noon. What amazes me about people who make Friday an unofficial shopping holiday, is they're willing to ruin the real holiday of Thanksgiving to do it. If you're serious about getting that deal when the doors open, you have to spend time Thursday preparing with coupon hunting, packing for your wait in line, and going to bed early for your 2 a.m. wake-up call. Or in some cases-- camping out. I saw one woman say on our newscast last night she started her camp out at 6 p.m. last year and got stuck around the corner, so this year she got her tent set up at 2 p.m. Are. You. Serious? You just officially ended your Thanksgiving at 1 o'clock. Family is just settling in. Kids haven't even started running their fingers through the pumpkin pie. The Lions aren't even out of the game yet-- that's how early you're ending arguably the best holiday of the year. And was there really any deal good enough to get you to wake up at 2 a.m., let alone camp out 14-15 hours before the store opens?
I'm not judging. This is America where we're all free to do whatever we want. But read that article above and tell me it's not time to pull the reigns on this Black Friday phenomenon.