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No Black Friday Deals for Me

Many may still remember the tragedy at a Long Island Walmart seven years ago. A 34-year-old employee was trampled to death by mob of early shoppers.

Even what some might call "a giant of a man" at 6-feet 5-inches tall, Djimytai Damour could not hold back the frenzied greed that we have come to know today as "Black Friday," the official start of the retail holiday shopping season.

Though incidents are reported all over, there always seems to be a fair share of them at Walmart. But as this compilation video shows, the ridiculousness does not stop there. It absolutely amazes me that anyone would want to go to a Walmart or any other retail establishment today...for anything.

Who, in their right mind, would put up with the noise, the lines, the people, and the potential mayhem to get to the displays to find out that whatever toy or electronic device they just have to have is sold out? Or run the risk of someone beating the hell out of you for having what they want?

Perhaps, it is a way for the person taking a video with his or her cell phone to get that 15-seconds-of-fame should it go viral.

Instant savings. Instant fame. Instant gratification.

No, thank you. I would rather work a few more hours to afford to pay a little higher price for safety and security.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on November 27, 2015, 2:43 PM

We have a K-Mart near us that is not bad even on Black Friday. I worked at WalMart one year on that day and it is ridiculous how people act

carolamfg wrote on November 27, 2015, 3:13 PM

So sad. Are the prices so much lower that it is worth all the fuss? Here in Canada, they have started having Black Friday sales, but it is nothing compared to the U.S.

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 3:15 PM

Black Friday sales now start on Thanksgiving Day. I cannot believe how retail and consumers have bought into the idea this is all a good thing. I do not see lower prices, even free, that is worth all of that.

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 3:16 PM

People are ridiculous....on that day and others. *nods*

LoudMan wrote on November 27, 2015, 3:58 PM

Today, around Amarillo, this year's black Friday madness is tempered with about an inch of ice, everywhere.

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 4:01 PM

At least it has been tempered. There are some that would be crazier....

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 27, 2015, 4:19 PM

Those stories are the reasons I wont shop on Black Friday.

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 4:39 PM

You and me both, Lea!

WordChazer wrote on November 27, 2015, 5:18 PM

The only deal I had today was a beautiful gourmet burger and chips, a super-chocolatey mousse and whipped cream and several large glasses of wine. Just under £30 for the only meal I managed to cram in today around all the other things I've been trying to catch up on all day. Tomorrow the gaming with friends will take centre stage. I did not go anywhere near any stores. and although I spent some time looking for Christmas gifts, none of the items anyone has asked for were on special offer.

MegL wrote on November 27, 2015, 5:43 PM

Yes, I am not even that fussed on Black Friday online. There is seldom anything I need there and many items that I have never even seen or thought of previously! I reckon if I have done without them for well over 60 years, then the rest of my life is not gong to be turned upside down by not having one TODAY!!!!

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

Now that is my kind of deal! YUM!

markgraham wrote on November 27, 2015, 6:29 PM

Black Friday is definitely not for me either. I did it once and once it enough for a lifetime.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 27, 2015, 7:39 PM

I find the whole Black Friday phenomenon to be crass and disgusting.

morilla wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:17 PM

I stay at home or go fishing or something on Black Friday, avoiding the stores altogether. I sallied forth last night at about 10:30 pm because I needed something. I discovered they had already started their Black Friday sales; but, evidently, few shoppers were aware of it. I managed to also pick up a new pair of pants since they had them 25% off. So, technically, I guess you could say that I took advantage of the Black Friday sales.

But, the one item I would have purchased at the sale price without missing a beat had, not surprisingly, sold out in the first half hour according to the one employee. In fact, one gal walked up with the ad cut out and was informed that they were sold out. She wasn't happy. Of course, as I had already discovered, at that time, it was almost 5 hours after they'd opened their doors for "Black Friday." What would you expect.

paigea wrote on November 27, 2015, 11:44 PM

No, I would have no desire to be in a crowd like I've seen on the news

Paulie wrote on November 28, 2015, 4:20 AM

I have never been to any Black Friday sales and will not go to any in the future.

AliCanary wrote on November 28, 2015, 10:10 AM

Actually, I read a Washington Post article today that pointed out a lot of the frenzy is caused by the desperation of people who might not otherwise be able to afford something that those of us who are more fortunate can afford to buy at non-sale prices. We should give thanks that we have the option not to be out in it.

CoralLevang wrote on November 28, 2015, 11:19 AM

If that was the same article I read about how rich people shame the poor by putting up the videos, I read the same article, AliCanary .

I might argue that we have come to a place in our society where we think we have to buy, buy, buy. Perhaps, we need to all start living within in our means. As well, maybe those who are more fortunate and can afford to buy, need to reconsider buying at all. A case could be made that last year's television still works and the newest and greatest new invention is not needed.

I am grateful that I have gotten to a point that, even though I fall between the desperate and the others, I have learned that I always have an option not to buy into the need for greed.

AliCanary wrote on November 28, 2015, 4:12 PM

Yes, that is exactly the one. I tend to stick with what works, which explains my 15-year-old car and my flip phone. I tend not to replace stuff unless it's actually broken, and then, it would have to not worth fixing. It's true that people have been brainwashed by our consumerist economy that they must have the newest shiny things all the time. I don't fault poor people for wanting nice stuff, and I don't call it greed. Greed is when you take more than you need, leaving less for those who DO need it. If it weren't for our ridiculously unbalanced society, we wouldn't have this viciousness.

CoralLevang wrote on November 28, 2015, 4:23 PM

I appreciate all that you said.

Greed can come from both the rich and the poor. Viciousness, too.