Sunday, November 27, 2011

Black Friday

When did shopping become a full contact sport? This whole Black Friday thing makes the United States look like a 3rd world country. People knocking each other over and pepper spraying each other in an effort to get the latest video game system or television. Looting. Fights in the middle of the aisle. (And this all happened last Monday at Tops on S. Park and Bailey.)If I lived in a foreign land, I'd think all Americans were crazy. I notice these people aren't knocking each other over to get great deals on treadmills or stair climbers.

As if it weren't ridiculous enough, now people are camping out in parking lots before the stores open. The only word to describe this type of behavior is bizarre. One columnist even proposes a special sales tax in an effort to stop the Thanksgiving craziness...

In a New York Times column this week, economist Robert Frank proposed slapping a 6 percent sales tax on purchases between 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 6 a.m. on Friday in an attempt to stop the "arms race" of earlier and earlier sales.

I don't understand why these electronic items are so popular. I used to be very good at video games, but would much rather walk in the woods or socialize with actual people these days. My television set is from the early 90's. Who needs a flat movie screen in their living room anyway? Everyone feels they need to have the latest electronic gadgets. It's like keeping up with the virtual Joneses.

There should be a federal law: Anyone caught doing something ridiculous on Black Friday will get a minimum of 10 years in a maximum security prison. (Easy, it's just a joke.)That includes the use of pepper spray, beating up children or pregnant customers,stabbing handicapped shoppers, engaging in a WalMart stampede, etc.

Whatever happened to the harmless Blue Light Special?...

Has this Black Friday thing gotten out of hand?


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