I seriously hope that there are no Black Friday-induced deaths this year. I still have the thought of the poor part-time Wal-Mart worker who was trampled to death last year by the Black Friday zombie crowd. Just some poor guy trying to make some extra Christmas cash. The crowd apparently was in such a frenzy to get to electronics or whatever they crushed a human being underfoot and did not even realize it. If they did they kept going. In fact one woman, when informed that a person had been stomped to death in the throng she was just part of, was quoted as saying "I've been in line since yesterday. I'm still shopping."
It's sad. It's insane. Can you imagine trampling another person to buy your kid a Christmas gift? "Here little Susie. You better appreciate this because someone DIED so I could get you these Zhu-Zhu Pets." No thanks.
If I have money I try to buy a few things in the summer or fall, usually online. This year Jeremy's work thought it would be a nice Christmas bonus to inform all the employees that the site is closing. Two weeks before Christmas. (Don't worry, they didn't actually give holiday bonuses anyway. Bastards!) So I imagine lots of people here are going to be feeling a little Scroogey for the holidays. Violet is still going to have a decent Christmas. We keep a savings throughout the year just for her, so we will be dipping into that.
Even in these circumstances I would not do the Black Friday thing. I wonder if the whole phenomena can be traced back to some primal hunting instinct. There may be something to that.
Anyway- if you are going to brave the crowds please be careful. When it comes to $189 laptops your friends and neighbors can quickly turn into a bloodthirsty mob. And watch your step. There just might be an underpaid employee down there somewhere, obscured by the lunatic throng.