Black Friday is a uniquely American consumerist faux “holiday” that I will never understand. Do millions of people really want to endure screaming toddlers and hordes of teenagers at the mall just so they can buy an Old Navy fleece for 20 percent off? No, thanks.
But for the retail workers who have to mediate the screaming toddler hellscape, they have little or no choice. Now, some retail employees, such as those at Walmart and Target who are seeing “Black Friday” begin earlier and earlier each year, they are saying enough is enough. Keep reading »
Gather round children, you’re about to hear a depressing tale. Guns — yes, guns — were a real hot ticket item this past Black Friday. Apparently, gun sellers recorded the highest day ever of gun sales, smashing the previous one-day record by a whopping 32 percent. Firearms rights people think this is awesome. “I think there is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” said Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. And, said Keane, more and more first-time buyers are women.
As someone deathly afraid of guns, I have no desire to ever be in the presence of one — much less own one. But it does seem like a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with women. Would you — or do you — own a gun? [USA Today]
A California shopper who unleashed a blast of pepper spray on at least 14 Walmart customers on Thanksgiving night was not charged with a crime. Police say she may have been acting in self-defense.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives in the San Fernando Valley reviewed a YouTube video and store surveillance footage, and interviewed witnesses before deciding to let the unnamed 32-year-old woman off the hook, according to The Los Angeles Daily News. Read more…
When God was handing out common sense, she skipped over me entirely (but gave me a little extra junk in the trunk to compensate!). I’ve been buying gifts for my nieces all year; I bought my mom’s Christmas present months ago; and two weekends ago I hit up Bloomie’s to buy a little something-something for my dude. Alas, that sound you hear is my debit card whimpering. Sorry, little guy. Keep reading »
Happy Black Friday, the corporate pseudo holiday that encourages and brings out humanity’s most feral tendencies. Here’s a roundup of shit that went down this year.
- Black Friday deals actually started on Thursday evening in some stores, and at an LA-area Walmart, one costumer pepper sprayed her fellow deal-hunters in the toy aisle. Perhaps the pepper-sprayer watches Fox News? [LA Times]
- And there’s video! [Buzzfeed]
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Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »