Black Friday and its absurdity began in earnest on Thanksgiving this year. So absurd that my title Black Friday: Robbery, Shots Fired - Is The Store Still Open? could nearly sum up all that needs to be said about the official start of the holiday shopping season. People want their deals and are blind to everything else!
Of course I have always felt that most Black Friday Deals aren't really all that much of a bargain as heavily discounted product generally means you are either getting sub-standard, low quality product or getting things that are being discontinued by manufacturers to make way for the better stuff that will be er heavily discounted shortly after the holidays. Hmm.
However, trudging off to the nearest retailer that opens early for those Black Friday Deals is a traditional rat race some people just can't resist rather than spending that one precious day a year at home with their family. Oh well - what are you gonna do right?
However, it gets all too weird sometimes too. I mean how many times have we heard of people being trampled by those behind them just as the doors of a store open? And that isn't all either as people have seen their purchases stolen from the trunks of their cars as they store hop or worse yet - fall victim to pickpockets while being soothed by music through their mp3 player headphones.
But last night's event at a Romeoville Illinois Kohl's store kind of topped it all as three scumbag thieves tried to take advantage of the first big holiday shopping night when they got caught trying to relieve the store of its goods without paying for them. Luckily they were caught but not before a simple robbery could have turned into a deadly encounter for a lot of innocent people.
Matter of fact, given the accounts of what happened, it is pretty amazing that no one other than the alleged thieves and a cop who had his arm jammed in the car door as it tried to flee and was dragged a substantial distance before his partner unloaded at least three shots into the vehicle to bring it to a halt, weren't
So thank the Romeoville cops for turning a highly charged dangerous situation into what could almost be considered a non-event. Well at least for one shopper who in a holiday stupor could only ask "What Happened? Is The Store Still Open?
Did you get that? IS THE STORE STILL OPEN?
Man talk about a person not wanting to miss those holiday bargains huh? You know when I read that part the insanity of the holiday shopping season came quickly into perspective for me - it seems people are so consumed about getting their precious bargains that their natural ability to keep their guards up seem to be diminished. And that can be a dangerous thing folks.
Let's face it, the Annual Holiday Shopping Season brings out more than just the shoppers. Thieves are also in over abundance especially given an economy that just hasn't improved for the masses. Sure there have been some winners in President Barack Obama's new economic world order but it seems to be that the same old results have applied with money going to money.
Average folks, meanwhile, are left to their own devices knowing that any jobs they get will pay less than the one they had before - and that's assuming they can even get a job at all. I am sorry folks, but things haven't gotten better despite the many pronouncements from the hamsters taking the White House News Conference Podium to tell us otherwise.
The economy sucks, people are under-employed and under-paid or not employed at all. That is what the year 2013 has brought us thanks to the political gridlock that has plagued the nation and its citizens. Unfortunately all that does is create anxiety and the desire to get whatever bargains are to be had when they are available. Add in the extra pressure of the holidays and, well, people can wind up doing desperate things.
But let's get back to last night's story. There is no excuse for those who make it their life's work to rip others off and the three alleged Kohl's thieves fall into the category of career criminals. And those are the one's people must watch out for as they go out bargain hunting.
So please folks - make the holidays a safe one by paying attention to more than the pursuit of the bargain. And by the way don't worry whether the stores will be open or not - they will be! After all there are 8 less shopping days this year.
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