Commentary 28 Nov 2008 02:28 pm
My wife and I participated in the Black Friday ruckus today, getting up at 4:30 a.m. and heading to the local Wal-Mart, then to Kohl’s, Borders and the mall. Wal-Mart was absolute madness, with people milling about everywhere trying to save a buck or two. We were there for my parents, who wanted a plasma TV but had to work today. By 5:10 a.m., the TVs that went on sale 10 minutes earlier were gone.
Apparently, the day turned deadly for a Wal-Mart worker in New York, who was trampled by customers this morning. I often wondered what would happen when crowds got out of hand at one of these “Black Friday” sale-ebrations, and now we know.
Fortunately, there were no fatalities (at least to my knowledge) anywhere in our area, just lots of grouchy shoppers waiting in line. Another holiday tradition accomplished. Later today, my wife wants to put up outside lights. I think I prefer the long lines.