American Elephants

Not “Black Friday” but Lethargy Friday. by The Elephant's Child

Temperatures are  back up in the 40s, the snow and ice have melted away, the streets are clear. A great relief. When it’s icy and we have had recent snow, everyone is left with a nagging worry. Can we get there from here?  How are the streets on this hill or that hill?  Slick is much worse than deep. I still distinctly remember the sensation of doing a 360º on a well-traveled highway.  Not pleasant.

“Black Friday” is starting to overpower and obscure Thanksgiving.  There’s not much new to say about Thanksgiving.  Pundits have been saying the same things for years and they are bored.  Retailers are so anxious to get you started on Christmas shopping that they are apparently staying open on Thanksgiving. Most retailers don’t make a profit all year until the Christmas shopping season, and “Black Friday is supposed to be the day they get into the black in the profit and loss department.   I know why they call it that, what I don’t know is when this started? I think it is very recent.  Anyone know?

I have trouble leaping into major shopping mode the day after Thanksgiving.  My daughter-in-law did the turkey and all the trimmings yesterday, quite splendidly, and I only had to produce a couple of pies.  So my complete lethargy today is unjustified,  but enjoyable.  I will return to blogging mode tomorrow.

NOT the way to start the Christmas season! by American Elephant
November 28, 2008, 9:22 am
Filed under: News, Pop Culture | Tags: ,

All I can say is, what the hell is wrong with people!?!

A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

…Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk’s life.

“They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”

Only a few stopped.

“They’re savages,” said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. “It’s sad. It’s terrible.” [read more]

For what!? 20% off a Wii?!

I hope every one of them is tracked down and charged with manslaughter.

(ht Michelle Malkin)

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