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End the madness

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 8:30 AM

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.

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I agree with you totally. I think that the desparation of the retailers feeds the greed of individuals.

Now they are really impinging on Thanksgiving Holidays by opening up the store at odd hours.

Do we really save all that much? Shouldn't our families be more important than a TV set?

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 8:57 AM

Yeah, I went to the local WM just to witness the madness. Beyond ridiculous. If restaurants and theaters have capacity limits, stores should too. It really wasn't safe.

-- Posted by VicVega on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 9:08 AM

I wonder if the lady being charge with assault saved enough on her towels to pay for her lawyer and legal fees?

-- Posted by Trouble2011 on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 10:39 AM

I've done it once a long time ago. NEVER again.

I think Kelly has a great idea but it will be deemed socialist and that the market should have it's way.

Soooo, let's just boycott Black Friday.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 11:34 AM

Not so sure about Kelly's statement on giving rain checks. When WM put out their flyer for Black Friday it state right on the front page---No Rain Check sale good for only items in stock at the time.----Also don't believe they really had all the items for sale that was in the flyer.

I tryed to get a couple of items and didn't find any of them on Wed, Thur nite or Fri. Had to fight thru the group to even get to the one item I was after same items there that were there on Wed.

The sale could have really been a problem if there would have been a fire or power outage Thur nite with the amount of people in the store. I really think that is something that needs to be looked into, how many people can be in the store for those sales.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 11:54 AM

Part of the problem is the greed of the stores, they should have to honor rain checks on all sale items. And have the same sales avalible on-line and have to honor all of these sales with rain checks. Now for the child like behavior of people that even attend these events, I have no answear, they are idiots. Myself it is a good day to stay home and watch TV with the great sale I got on line after Christmas.

-- Posted by citizenix on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 4:50 PM

Funny CJW

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 6:26 PM

CJW, I was joking with you. Lighten up.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 7:18 PM

Uh Buckshot, the fine is $69.00

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 9:26 PM

I do think the smoking thing has went to far......look at it this way you dont want cigerretes stoped we will loose to much.......MONEY......taxes,health care,cleaners, is all about the MONEY isnt it?........and CONTROL.

I dont like the control thing I can deal with the health thing and there are choices......were to go were not to etc......nicotene just another drug....that is sanctioned but dangerous so why all the garbage about the others???????.....makes no sense

-- Posted by lamont on Thu, Dec 1, 2011, at 2:37 PM

THEY THINK ABOUT IT....just not the way we do......They want to take care of there overseas friends......mainly because they dont have any friends left they work on that very dilegently........BOTH SIDES......


-- Posted by lamont on Thu, Dec 1, 2011, at 6:00 PM

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