The herds of people -- and that's the only way they can be described -- that stampede the stores on Black Friday have led to a number of incidents, some minor locally, some major, across the nation.
It's gotten crazy -- and totally out of hand. The pushing, the shoving, people getting pepper-sprayed, run over, beaten up, even shot and stabbed, have reached a level of lunacy that is almost unbelievable.
All for a few sale items.
And by few, we mean in way too many cases, just a few items. If a store advertises $200 big-screen TVs, sees several hundred people line up for literally days outside the store waiting for a chance to buy those items, and then has only ten on hand to sell, the level of frustration can be enormous.
And along the lines of "Christmas creep," the sales keep getting earlier and earlier. At first it was 8 a.m. for the stores to open. Then 5 a.m., then 3 a.m., then 10 p.m. the night of Thanksgiving. At the local Wal-Mart the parking lot was crammed that night, with cars parked across the street and at any nearby parking lot, people crossing the street at night in high traffic conditions.
It's gotten to a point where Black Friday literally just isn't safe.
So, we propose a law to restore some sanity to Christmas sales:
A sale must last at least four hours and, for any advertised item that is on sale, once a store runs out of that produce it must provide a rain check for the item, to be provided to the customer in a reasonable amount of time (prior to Christmas if offered after Nov. 25).
That would eliminate a lot of the selfish madness that has overtaken the opening of the Christmas season.