Things aren’t always fun and games during the nation’s largest shopping day. Some people take retail incredibly seriously.
So let’s take a moment and appreciate the people who work despite the fact that their stores will be strewn with empty boxes and the remnants of waste from overzealous shoppers. Or that they’ve been verbally abused more times in the last day than anybody should be at their jobs in an entire year. Here’s saluting you, retail workers for your bravery in the face of adversity.
Americans have never let a few good deals get in the way of pepper-spraying their fellow citizens. In a Los Angeles Wal-Mart, 20 people, including children, were treated for minor injuries after they were pepper sprayed by a shopper. She sprayed them while fighting over an Xbox.
In another Wal-Mart incident in California, outside the San Leandro store, a shopper was shot at 1:45 AM after he resisted a robbery attempt with the rest of his family. Ironically, most of the incidents involving violence occurred at a Wal-Mart, including bomb threats made in Woodland Park, Colorado, and the chain’s birthing place of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Isn’t this an endorsement for next year? ‘Deals so good, you’ll want to bomb our store.’
Black Friday sales were up 20 percent from last year.