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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I stood around and conversed with nice people for two hours while in Best Buy, even though incredibly crowded. A ton of please and thank you's were exchanged, even though you could hardly move in the store. Smiles galore. Walmart was pleasant as hell. Not a peep here. All is quiet on the Northern front. We are pleasant folk. Thank you corporate America for providing a better leisurely lifestyle for me and my family.
    I didn't do any shopping, but you make a good point: the 99.9% of sales and events that went off without a hitch aren't exactly newsworthy. Just remember: even if you're one in a million, there's 1,200 people just like you in China. In an America with 152 million shoppers on Black Friday, even an incident rate of 0.01% would yield 15,000 events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    America is perhaps the only country on earth that lives to work rather than works to live. "Leisurely" is a fallacy except for a very few. But Corpgov is not doubt most pleased that you still buy into that leisurely load of caca.
    I guess you have never been to taiwan if you believe the US is the only country that is like that. Many people here think Americans are lazy.
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    Re: Violence mars Black Friday

    I am completly disgusted with the commercialization of the holidays, especially Christmas. Are we truly just gauging our thankfulness of our friends, family and loved ones on how much we get them? And now Christmas decorations, songs, movies etc etc are now on and up BEFORE thanksgiving even?? As far as adults are concerned, its pretty damn hard to find that special thinking of you gift at midnight with a 50% off that the mobs are pepper spraying each other to get to. Or maybe its now what we have to go thru to get it is how we gauge how much someone means to us??

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is what corporate America has wrought.
    So much for personal responsibility, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Don't you think this madness must stop at some point? It is every damn year. Enough is enough. But of course you are happy cause you got your goods without being tramped to DEATH! Enjoy your crap.
    I will enjoy my crap very much, especially when I give it to people who wanted something to ease their troubles.
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    Re: Violence mars Black Friday

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Don't you think this madness must stop at some point? It is every damn year. Enough is enough. But of course you are happy cause you got your goods without being tramped to DEATH! Enjoy your crap.
    How would you stop it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is what corporate America has wrought.
    No, it's what consumers have wrought. Nobody would be selling like this if people weren't buying.
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    Re: Violence mars Black Friday

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    How would you stop it?
    I've often wondered why stores don't say:

    62" TV's $2.00 -- two every hour by lottery from 4 AM to closing. Must be present to purchase.
    ...or some-such. The idea that their store policies are causing people to riot...to get trampled...to pepper spray () is really over the top, imo.
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    Re: Violence mars Black Friday

    This rampant materialism is one reason that after our kids were grown and on their own, we stopped doing the Christmas thing. Our kids and grandkids lived all over the country, so every year I had to get dozens upon dozens of gifts purchased, packaged and mailed. It cost a small fortune, we weren't getting any younger, and one day we realized that out of 50 gifts we'd sent, we only got one thank you. We rarely got any gifts in return, although that didn't bother us much. It was the lack of appreciation and the fact that we were expected to jump through these hoops that got to us. So we stopped.

    It really was a relief. Husby and I don't exchange gifts either. What's the point? He knows what he needs and what he wants throughout the year, and he buys it. Same with me. No need to get all histrionic with guessing games that turn out to be Boxing Day returns. It has been decades since we did anything to celebrate Christmas beyond put up a pretty tree and drive around with friends to look at Christmas lights. We're much happier now that we're out of the "Christmas stuff, your-gift-was-better-than-my-gift" business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I will enjoy my crap very much, especially when I give it to people who wanted something to ease their troubles.
    I'm with you on this Fiddy even though I didn't go Black Friday shopping. I love to give at Christmas. I love to find "something to ease their troubles" or that makes a child smile. It makes the time, effort and lines at the store worth it.
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