The Annual Insanity a.k.a Black Friday has officially begun and true to form - the Thanksgiving Spirit quickly went out the window when a woman in Los Angeles sprayed shoppers with pepper spray to keep them away from merchandise she just had to have. In all, 20 people suffered minor injuries and at least 10 of them were due to "rapid crowd movement." The news account went on to indicate that the pepper-spraying bargain hunter was still being sought.
What a screwed-up world, you know? Then again, this whole Black Friday concept is pretty screwed-up as it is considering people would even consider sacrificing valuable family time to rush out the door shortly after clearing the Thanksgiving dishes to go stand in some insanely long line to snag, what is most of the time, some low quality door-buster deal.
Don't get me wrong here - I am all for saving money. But saving money is a relative thing too. I mean, I have absolutely no desire to buy a Coby, Dynex or similar HDTV for whatever rock-bottom price it is advertised for. Sure there might be a few really good quality items to be had out there but from what I have been able to deduce, by the slew of Black Friday Ads, most of those same deals are readily available from Amazon this year. Matter of fact, I thought I heard that Amazon will be aggressively matching brick and mortar store sale prices online.
So what's the fuss Gus? Just turn on your laptop and save yourself some expensive gasoline, time and aggravation. Besides, wouldn't relaxing in an easy chair and spending some precious time with the family more than justify avoiding the annual craziness? You know, it is bad enough that there seems to be a heightened anxiety whenever the holidays come around, but when you start getting some lunatic to pack pepper spray and then use it to ward off other consumers, well, it just isn't worth it.
Of course, there are other things to consider too. It is kind of like that Target commercial where the woman in her red sweats declares she hasn't slept in days readying herself for the Big Black Friday Event - well you know something? I certainly wouldn't want to be on the road when the zombie shoppers are making their way towards me. What isn't so funny, though, is that there are actually people like that out there waiting to rip that great deal right out of your hands.
Sure is a hell of a way to kick off the holidays.
I don't know about you, but Black Friday just isn't worth the aggravation or the bother. Besides, the deals will still be there long after Black Friday morphs -
into yet another contrived sale day.