I used to work retail on Black Friday. I would see people get into fist fights and screaming matches over stuff that really wouldn't matter on any other day. Now I avoid stores on Black Friday...there is no deal that is worth the hassle.
I love on long island and seen this on the news this morning, I was in shock, For a few dvds and other junk someone had to lose their life over it, These people should really be ashamed of themselves. They shut the store down just after the doors opened. That is still no excuse. I feel so bad for these people who lost their family members.
I don't understand it either. They do sort of build this day up for their own benefit. I think the stores like it frenzied so people get all jacked up and buy. The love to show news clips of people camping out in front of stores, etc. People get crushed and trampled at concerts and sporting events too (remember that soccer game somewhere where people were crushed at a fence?)
Crowds get out of hand fast. They seem to effect people's personalities, too. Like it is okay to yell and push or something. I was in Times Square on New Year's Eve once, and when they moved the wooden horses to open the streets, you better move fast or you would be crushed. I feel bad for the family of the worker. I am also sorry for some of the shoppers who may have been involved, but were just being pushed so they had to move, too (or risk falling and being trampled themselves.) Did no one notice that someone was hurt? I guess even if they did they probably got shoved along. Why don't they just hand out tickets in a line or something so people wouldn't have to run? People would probably steal other people's tickets or sell them to the people in the back of the line.
I actually stood in line this morning (1st time ever) for a flat screen. Everyone was nice, polite & we quietly walked (no running at all) to the proper line when the door opened. We decided if there was any indication that the group was going to turn "mob" we would leave early - no point in it - but it didn't happen at all.
I can't believe that people get all worked up & feel they have to run for deals. Media driven mentality?
These stores should have off-duty cops on hand for crowd control outside, but employees should not be standing by the doors either--perhaps having electronic locks that would open the doors with store personnel deeper inside the stores would prevent tragedies like this?
That is totally ruthless greed. I have never, and would never, participate in anything like that. I won't even go to the local Golden Corral Restaurant on Veterans Day for the free meal to veterans because of that. In my opinion, cities should pass ordinances prohibiting people from getting in line and camping out for these events days before. It shouldn't be up to the retailer to decide. My final thoughts: SELFISH, DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR!!
2012----San Antonio, Texas, in a Sears store, one man argued with customers and punched one in order to get to the front of the line. This prompted a man with a concealed carry permit, to pull his gun said Matthew Porter, "It was a little chaotic" public information officer of the San Antonio Police Department.
This is really nothing new. Most here are probably too young to remember stories of the tramplings and fights during the Macy's and Gimbles' "bargain basement sales" years ago. They were no less violent.