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Who's Going to be the Christmas Sacrifice This Year?

I'm hearing the buzz online of this year's “Black Friday,” already. It's barely November but people are already salivating over their stuff, more stuff and a big sale on stuff.

Only in America do we make a big deal over the chance to get more stuff, a day after so many claim to celebrate being thankful for everything we have.

So, I'm wondering who it is, this year, who's slated to die in the oncoming Christmas shopping crowd.

It seems, every year, either a store employee or some hapless shopper dies, after having waited for hours with the rest of the mad throng.

It also seems, every year, folks talk about how this year will be different, somehow. But someone always dies. So, who is it going to be this year?

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paigea wrote on November 3, 2014, 9:25 PM

I hope this year is different and no one is injured or dies. I avoid shopping when there are crowds!

alexdg1 wrote on November 3, 2014, 10:17 PM

I've never been fond of Black Friday. I've never gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, at least not to brick-and-mortar stores.

AngelSharum wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:35 PM

We don't go shopping on Black Friday. We usually stay at home.

MegL wrote on November 4, 2014, 1:53 AM

You're right. That person is the sacrifice to profit. Black Friday is supposed to be the day that shops have made their costs back and any more is all profit but advertisers have turned it into anything but the day after thanksgiving. What should come after thanksgiving? It should be peace!

BarbRad wrote on November 4, 2014, 2:12 AM

One great way to stay safe is to just not shop that day. What if they gave a black Friday and no one came? Frankly, I feel sorry for anyone who feels forced by prices to shop that day, and also for the poor clerks who have to get up in the middle of the night to go to work. Sure glad I got out of retail.

Madcanman wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:55 AM

Great article, LoudMan. I just did a brief piece including a bit on Black Friday. It is such a marketing gimmick/scam. It's a joke, really, how materialistic we've allowed ourselves to become. More, bigger, better than the next guy, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., etc. Disgusting, really, when you think about the fact that so many in this world are barely getting by with the clothes on their backs and what few scraps of food they can find just to survive.

LoudMan wrote on November 4, 2014, 7:26 AM

paigea Someone says as much every year. Nothing changes.

alexdg1 I barely go outside some days. The thought of a mass of dumb people. guuhhhhhh.

AngelSharum It's probably safer. LOL!

MegL or at least a day of recovery. emoticon :smile:
BarbRad People will always come. As long as there are people, they will always come.

Madcanman We ARE very materialistic. I prefer the esoteric things, any more. But, then again, I'm weird.

Feisty56 wrote on November 4, 2014, 11:04 AM

It is more than a little ironic that, as you say, first we give thanks, then we hustle to gather more. Well, some folks do. It's not my thing. It would be wonderful to get through the holiday madness that is fast approaching without any deaths in the process.

maxeen wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:02 PM

I an glad I have to look after my dogs and that keeps me well away from shops,wish it were the old days when there was sunday closing also.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 19, 2014, 6:48 PM

That's definitely an American phenomenon- - and a sad one, at that! We get some crowds here in Canada, especially on Boxing Day. But it's pretty rare to hear about anyone being injured, let alone trampled to death.