Do you think the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy has gotten out of hand? Post an answer.
Black Friday shopping is certainly out of control. Normal human beings turn into less than animals in order to obtain items they would not normally purchase, do not need, and more than likely can't afford. The insanity of it all made this tragedy a given at some point in time. My husband and I had been talking just two days earlier about the fact that someday there would be someone killed because of the massive throngs of uncivilized people in search for a bargain. And then, there it was, a needless death of a person just trying to make a living, doing his job and for what? So the shoppers could save a few bucks! Plus to add insult to injury, or in this case death, the shoppers are upset that they had to stop there mass insanity so that the employee's death could be investigated and his body taken away. How heartless is that? There is no excuse for the behavior of the people at this particular WalMart on that day before, during or after the trampling death of another human being. Before it happens again, and it will, this foolishness needs to stop. Who will it be next time, another employee just doing a job, a child dragged to the store by parents and a lack of a babysitter, or you? Are you willing to lay down your life so others can get their shopping done......shopping for a holiday that supposedly celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Christian Saviour and Son of God? One wonders what He felt about those who not only trampled a human being to death in His name but also were upset that they had to give up some shopping time for the matter to be taken care of by the authorities. Those who were there know full well who they are and will some day answer for their part in this tragedy and in the meantime will have to live with their actions knowing what they have done. Personally I hope it haunts them til their own death but sadly fear those who contributed to the premature death of one young man don't have enough morality or emotions to be bothered, having proved that on a dismal Black Friday in 2008.
YES! We have become a society of wanting too much no matter what the cost. An innocent man working to provide for his family has lost his life because of the crazy selfish people. We should all stop and take a look around and be thankful for what you have. How much happiness will these "bargain" items really bring you or the person you are purchasing for before they are tossed aside for something else? Think about it.
It has been out of control for years, and gets worse every year. The media has a lot to do with it, too. They influence people to believe that this is how this particular shopping weekend is supposed to be, so the "sheep-le" act accordingly. Hey, if the media says it's true, it must be right? NOT! As they say, though, "When the legend becomes the truth, print the legend." Sad. And at the time of year when we're supposed to be full of extra goodwill toward our fellow man. It has nothing to do with religion but simply that people in general don't seem to care anymore. Too much cruelty in the world. It's disgusting. I'd rather pay full price the week before or after and risk not getting the item I want as opposed to participating in the herd mentality and succumbing to the media and corporate marketing tricks. Go watch Charlie Brown's Christmas, people!! There's a good message there.
I simply can not believe that a human being's life is worth less than saving $100 on a wide-screen TV. Honestly, retailers should be held accountable for fostering the atmosphere of competition and panic that results in total disregard for the lives of other people. I do not shop at Wal-Mart because of the fact that they take advantage of the Supreme Court ruling allowing local, state and federal governments to seize privately-owned land to build facilities that they believe are for the "good" of the community. Wal-Mart has used this ruling to gain control of land and homes to build their filthy stores. The practices of this company that resulted in the recent trampling death of one of their employees further reinforces my decision to never shop at this company again. They should be held completely accountable for the death of this man, and should answer to his family and to God for their callousness.
I think it is criminal that there will be no prosecution of the people who trampled him even with the security videos as proof. It seems that as long as you commit a crime in a large group you can't be prosecuted. This mob mentality is a crock. Every one is responsible for their own actions and do not have the right to blame it on the mob. It is my opinion that everyone who participated should be prosecuted.
Not only are the people out of control acting so animalistic, the stores have no control due to poor planning. How pitiful that human beings are so bent on getting that small discount, they have to push,shove and have no regard for life. Also the stores could elimanate this kind of mayhem by having single file lines outside and let 200 or 300 hundred people in at a time and then when the store emptys out a bit they could allow another batch in. Those that are in line for hourswaiting for the store toopen deserve that much from retailers anyway. Sorry the last ones there do not deserve to push thier way into a store. Maybe there will be betterplanning in the future by retailers and shoppers. I would suppose the stores might try to have enough sale items on hand to accomendate the people. DAH
I think the only way this ridiculous tradition will be stopped is by this family suing WalMart. Sam Walden would turn over in his grave to see what has become of his business. I worked at WalMart, as a second job, 10 years ago and it is was totally out of control then. Now,we are in a financial crisis and the companies that do the black Friday thing need to quit. The desperation that people and families are facing does not justify one day sales anywhere.Shame on them and their bottom line.They would fare better to have the sale for the whole week and order enough supplies or products to carry through the time. The people would have the extra days to shop instead of everything at one time. Once,again,someone had to die to see the selfishness of others. Shame on all of you who participate in this ritual. WalMart should take this opportunity to make a stand and decline this in the future and be an example to others. They have been in the past and would this not be the place and time to start. GRPate
yes i agree it has gotten way out of control i've been an employee working in electronics dept for eleven years now and this year was the worst year i've experience at the 5am sale and i'm from a small town populated at about 12,000 people. it's crazy and that man's death has me now in fear for my own safety I've been cursed at and called stupid repeatedly and push and shoved over the years but this "black friday" we had so many people it was so disorganized and those ad's we had things missing and couldn't sale so it made the shoppers even more irate. Something really needs to be done about this day it's insane...it's a freakin TV or video game it should not have cost a man his life for just waking up and doing his job. Our sales reached nearly 300,000 and that was just in the electronics/photo area alone...and my bi weekly check barely clears six hundred bucks...What a world we live in. My prayers go out to Mr. Damour's family.
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