Black & Blue Thursday

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I accompanied my partner’s family to Walmart yesterday evening for the 8 pm sale. Even though I felt like a terrible person for allowing consumerism to intrude on Thanksgiving, my partner’s sister convinced me to go. I was completely unprepared for the mayhem and insanity.

I decided to try for the 700 thread count sheets for $20, so after parking in the grass (the parking lot was completely full), we entered the store and arrived in the bedding area to see a mob of people standing around a covered pallet of sheets. A woman warned us that the people who go for sheets are some of the worst Black Friday shoppers of all, and she was correct.

When the clock struck 8, a Walmart employee blew a whistle and people lost it. It was a mob scene in every sense of the word. People were shoving, screaming, and grabbing. The manager began yelling at several people who were climbing over a woman in a wheelchair. Two police offers arrived just as the stock began to run out.

Being a yielder, I had simply backed up and tried to get out of the way. Honey’s sister got in there and managed to get 5 sets of sheets, which she shared with the rest of the family. She thought it was fun; I thought it was both disgusting and intriguing.

As we walked out of the store, I told Honey that I would never do that again on Thanksgiving. I do think it’s important to spend at least one day of the year with family being thankful for what we have instead of trying to accumulate more.

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JimT
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One of the local newscasters began the show yesterday with “Happy Gray Thursday everyone! As we countdown to Black Friday this year… ”
No mention of Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the holiday now and Thursday is simply the day before. I stayed out of the retail fray this year, but from what you described nothing has changed.

Brian
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays mainly because it hasn’t been so commercialized – at least in years past. I suppose greed, on the part of the store and the consumer, has changed that. This was my first experience with Black Friday shoppers, and I didn’t like them. Heck, it made me like myself even less.

Emily
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I can’t stand the shopping part. I like sleep too much. :D

Brian
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Haha! I agree!!

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