Has Black Friday gotten out of control? Should something be done about it?

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Has Black Friday gotten out of control? Should something be done about it?

Bignuf Bignuf
It seems to me that when people are getting trampled to death, or multiple people having bones broken and heart attacks from the rush of shoppers, when shoppers are spraying pepper spray and security is tazing people in stores, all on Black Friday, it has gotten totally out of control.

I just don't think getting an extra 20% off on the next X box game is worth peoples lives!!! Do you?

What, if anything, can be done about this outrageous craziness? I, for one, am NEVER getting in those lines again...opting to shop online, but for those who DO care to brave the stores, it seems something should be do-able to make it safer and a bit more pleasant. One store tried letting folks in only 100 at a time, in five minute increments. They ended up getting stampeded and almost killed trying to man the doors!!!

What do YOU think?
11/26/2011
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Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
It seems to me that when people are getting trampled to death, or multiple people having bones broken and heart attacks from the rush of shoppers, when shoppers are spraying pepper spray and security is tazing people in stores, all on Black Friday, ...
Greed will always win on Black Friday. Companies know that BF yields some of the highest profits of the year. I'll stick to my online shopping and wait for the big brown truck to deliver my goods.

What bothers me the most, is how BF is now overshadowing a great holiday. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but I think that BF is no overshadowing this great family holiday.

It amuses me to her all the stories of how this or that happened. Even during our dinner last night, I overheard more stories of folks shopping BF.
11/26/2011
Ghost Ghost
We don't go out shopping on Black Friday, so it doesn't really affect us. :/
11/26/2011
PervyPixie PervyPixie
A friend of mine pointed out its kinda ironic how these things happen ONE day after celebrating the things we're thankful for. I couldn't agree more, but on the other hand, I can see where the economical squeeze is making the medium class act out in getting the things their salaries used to be paying for and aren't anymore. I expect it to get worse over a couple of years at least - so I'll be staying home for BF for a while
11/27/2011
Ms. N Ms. N
I never go out on Black Friday. There are a few crazies who make it a dangerous day for everyone. It's much easier and safer to shop from the comfort of your own home on Cyber Monday
11/27/2011
LaSchwartz LaSchwartz
yes it has but alot of stores have taken steps to prevent crazy things from happening but no matter what there will always be one or two crazy people
11/27/2011
voenne voenne
I can't believe humanity sometimes. I really can't. I don't know how they allow themselves to succumb to such savage behavior over a stupid sale.

I haven't experienced anything that terrible the couple times I've shopped on those days, but now I just don't bother. I'll stick to online shopping.
11/27/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I've never run into that kind of craziness and I've done Black Friday shopping for about five years straight. I've seen shouting matches (that were quickly broken up by security), but never outright physical violence. Those types of stories make the news because I feel that they are more the exception than the rule. If it was like that everywhere, then I can see the need to have something done about it. But since it's sporadic, then I don't see the need to make corporations suffer.

Don't blame businesses; Black Friday can literally make or break a company's profits. They're not asking for fights and violence to break out. If people can't control themselves when X boxes and toaster ovens go on sale, then it's pathetic on the customers' part, not the businesses' part. Simply use self control and common sense.
11/27/2011
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