Tis the season to be

pepper sprayed??:

Twenty people, including children, were injured when a woman at a San Fernando Valley Walmart store used mace against other customers in what authorities referred to as a “competitive shopping” incident. […]

Juan Castro, who was at the scene and took cell phone video of the aftermath, told KCBS correspondent Suraya Fadel, “Just as they started to unwrap everything, all hell broke loose and everybody just swarmed. And in the middle of the parade, some lady just started (pepper spraying) the crowd,” he said. “There were two ladies on the side of me that started fighting.”

Castro said customers were “just trampling over people, people shoving each other. … There were a lot people who got it in their eyes, so they were burning. They were screaming, crying. It was bad.

“Bad” is a little mild.   “Bad” is when Santa farts while you’re sitting on his knee.  “Collective violent psychotic episode” might be a more accurate way to describe this Walmart Black Friday “competitive shopping” lunacy.  (The term “competitive shopping” deserves a post of its own.)

Ho ho ho!  Don’t mace me, bro!

UPDATE:  Black Friday Competitive Shopping ratchets up the Aggressive Crazy. Ho ho ho!  Don’t taze me, bro!

I can just imagine Black Friday 2012…

Walmart Black Friday Shoppers line up for X-Boxes

 

UPDATE II:  LOL.

(h/t CC on twitter)

9 Responses to “Tis the season to be”


  1. 3 JJ Friday, November 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hi Willy
    So — Why do they call it Black Friday? Because retailers get “in the black” that day? Or because the USA loses its collective shit and goes stark raving competitive-shoppingly mad that day?

  2. 6 Torontonian Friday, November 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Several years ago, a security guard at a plaza or a WalMart in
    the New York area was trampled to death by the surge
    of shoppers after he unlocked the doors to the premises.

    And it was a Black Friday.

  3. 7 hemmingforddogblog Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:33 am

    “People buying stuff they don’t need with money they don’t have.”

    I don’t know who said that, but I would add to it, “While their corporate overlords sit back and laugh.”

    Who in their right mind would sit outside a store for two days to buy this crap? Fa la la la la

    I gave up giving gifts a few years back. What a relief!!!! It’s strictly homemade cookies from now on.

  4. 8 JJ Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I remember hearing about that story a few years ago. Unbelievable. People think they might be able to get a “good deal” on some piece of CRAP, get into a large group roiling and boiling over the same thing, and they’re overcome by some kind of mass-hysteria.

    I always thought I was as materialistic as the next person, but I guess not, because that’s unacceptable.

  5. 9 JJ Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Exactly. In the overall scheme, it’s just more junk that will ultimately end up in some landfill somewhere.

    I’m finished with it too. I send $$ to my niece & nephew so they can buy their own stuff (teenagers – who knows anyway what they want), but that’s about it. Except for maybe cookies, but even baking is becoming a little too stressful for me. Anything that’s *timed* is stress-inducing at this time of year.


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