Retailers, consumers and prices
Black Friday: First Blood
If 134 million Americans out there can get excited by the annual shopping “frenzy” called Black Friday, it’s inevitable that a few of them will get excited enough to commit violence in the name of discounts.
I’ve been scanning the headlines for reports of injuries caused by shoppers whose quest for ecstasy means beating other people — with their fists if necessary — to things that big corporations sell to make customers temporarily feel better and to make shareholders feel better all the way through the fourth quarter.
It looks like fists flew at least once today. Here’s the story, “Elderly woman shoved to the ground in Black Friday squabble,” courtesy of 9News.com, reporting from Centennial, Colorado:
“[Police] say shoppers started arguing before the store opened as people jockeyed for line position. Deputies say some shoppers were pushing each other when a woman was pushed into a 78-year-old woman. The elderly woman fell to the ground. She told ambulance crews on scene that her hands hurt but she was not transported to the hospital and first responders say she did not receive any major injuries.”
The story also said that she wound up in a crowd chasing the Zhu Zhu, a toy hamster that your kids will forget about a few months after you give it to them.
Any other reports of mayhem out there? Let us know. So far, we haven’t seen any repeats of last year’s tragic scenario, where shoppers trampled a Walmart worker to death as they raced to catch deep discounts.