Many of you will rise out of bed at 3:00 am Friday, grab some coffee and head out the door to go stand in line at your favorite retail store, hoping to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. It’s an annual tradition, this Black Friday shopping trip that gets so many people worked up into a frenzy. I’m sure many people love the action and excitement of it all.
Me? Meh…I find it not enthralling. I’ll take my extra hours of sleep.
There are a host of reasons I chose not to shop on this day. Thanksgiving turkey hangover. The crowds. Getting prepped for the OSU/Michigan game (yes…I do this a day early…Go Bucks!).
But this year I’ve added another reason why I’ll just never go shopping on this day.
The Safety Issue On Black Friday
Anyone remember these headlines posted on Drudge Report last year on Black Friday?
Main Drudge Headline: “Whack Friday” – the link associated with this headline led to a video of a fight inside Walmart…all over a TV.
Some other headlines on Drudge last year included:
“Woman pulls stun gun in fight over Walmart shopping cart”
“Man stabbed over parking spot”
“Suspected shoplifter shot after dragging cop through Kohl’s parking lot”
“Man shot walking home with big screen”
“Shoppers trampled in race for $49 tablet”
“Salvation army kettles stolen”
I didn’t make any of those up. All of these headlines linked to stories that actually happened. Really? Fighting over shopping carts and $49 tablets?
Is it just me or is the Black Friday shopping experience producing too much emotion and getting way out of hand?
If money has become this powerful a force in our lives that it drives us to commit these kind of acts, then we have real issues as a society. Nobody should be fighting over anything that costs $49. We shouldn’t have to risk our lives finding a parking space at the mall. Salvation Army volunteers shouldn’t fall victim to theft.
What do we have to do next? Have a policeman guard the kettle?
I’m aware that crimes can happen at any time and I never know when I might be the victim of one. But on days like this where there are masses of people whose emotions are running high, I’d just assume not put myself in a situation where I might come face to face with some whacko who wants that last Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter for his 8-yr. old.
“Here man…you can have it. You don’t have to stun me.”
I’d rather not have to say those words. So I’ll be relaxing on my couch this Friday afternoon playing Lego Star Wars with my kids on our not-bought-on-Black-Friday PS3. That sounds likes a lot of fun. Saving money is simply not worth the hassle and risk to me.
Will you be shopping at a retail store this Friday? I obviously don’t know…are the deals really worth it? Have you ever had an incident where you felt unsafe shopping on Black Friday? Will you do any shopping online?