I am so sickened by this story - it's just gross. What has society come to?!
Yesterday a Wal-mart employee in New York was trampled to DEATH by throngs of holiday shoppers trying to gain entry to the store on Black Friday. You can read the full story over at the New York Times.
This is the most unbelievable quote to me:
Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."
"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."
This just confirms for me that I will never go shopping on Black Friday, EVER!
You know what I did yesterday?
I slept in. I cleaned my living room in preparation for holiday decorating. I ate leftovers. I worked on gifts for my family.
I subscribe to holidays that bring times of happiness, warmth and comfort to my home. Corporate created, mass-marketed Christmas has reached a new all time low - and you know what? I'm not buying it. It's rubbish and bullshit!
I certainly don't expect that you or I have made our last trip to the mall. The sales rack at Old Navy certainly makes me smile. However, a trip to pick up a couple of things and a hemorrhaging credit card from Christmas induced hysteria are two very different animals.
I don't even know how to end a post like this. This story is just...so discouraging.