‘Tis the Season
To, you know, kill people over big screen TVs and play shoot ‘em up at Toys R Us.
Black Friday took on a whole new meaning this year, when a 34 year-old temp worker was trampled to death as he unlocked the doors at 5 a.m. in a Walmart on Long Island. Not that the sight of paramedics working to revive him was enough to slow down those bargain hunters, no sirree. They just stepped over and around and continued on their merry way to the electronics department.
I’m surprised there wasn’t a riot when it was announced the store was closing because of the death, but you know, some did complain that THEY’D WAITED IN LINE ALL NIGHT. ALL NIGHT!!!
Now the authorities are looking at surveillance video to see if they can indentify anyone culpable. And yeah, there were apparently A LOT of people Behaving Badly. But clearly, the ultimate guilty party is WalMart.
You have 2,000 people in line, many who arrived there at 9 p.m. the night before. Extra police were called in at 3:30 a.m. because of an unruly crowd, according to the New York Times. The mob was pumped up on adrenaline and who knows what else, ready to be the first to grab that 50″ plasma TV WalMart was dangling in front of them.
Where was the extra security, or a wrist-band system, or something other than complete and utter chaos.
Ready. Set. Kill.
For a TV.
The whole idea of Black Friday is a set up for this anyway, right? I mean, it’s survival of the fittest and fastest, and those willing to stay up all night. It is, in theory, supposed to be fun. You get to battle the crowds, pick up some bargains, then go home and laugh about it over leftover turkey.
Check out my girlfriend’s blog. She made the mistake of ever setting foot in a Toys R Us and got the fright of a lifetime as gunfire broke out in the next aisle – when she was separated from her husband and two kids!
The argument was not over a Star Wars Transformer; apparently two women – who eyewitnesses said had children with them – went at it over something. The men with the women started shooting – because you’re always packin’ when you go to a toy store – and both guys ended up dead.
By some miracle, no one else was injured in the crowded store, including my friend and her family. Thankfully.
It’s a sad thing when you’re happy you survived – literally – Black Friday.
That’s why I’m all for Cybermonday today. I can avoid the hassle/possible loss of life at the mall. And it’s just a kinder, gentler world sitting here at my computer. Until my kids try pull each other’s arms off.
Tis the season!