Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Seasonal Joy Of Shopping

The insanity that has become “Black Friday” (and now thanks to unbridled greed and complete disdain for thoughts of family “GrayThursday”) raged to even greater heights over the last two days.

A Massachusetts man allegedly left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in the car while he shopped at a Kmart in Springfield, Mass., and then went home with a new 51-inch television — but no child, 22 News WWLP reports. Police found the child sleeping in the car in the Kmart parking lot around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

 A dispute over line-cutting led one man to pull out a handgun in a Sears store in San Antonio, Texas, sending a panicked crowd looking for shelter, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The dispute allegedly began when one man began cutting in line and ultimately punched another man. The man he punched allegedly pulled a gun on him.

Altamonte Springs, Florida police said they warned Samantha Chavez several times to wait her turn after she attempted to cut ahead in a checkout line.. When officers attempted to usher her out of the store, WKMG Local 6 reports that Chavez began screaming and throwing merchandise that she had originally intended to purchase. Chavez was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was released from Seminole County jail after posting a $550 bond. Below is a video of her arrest.

In what may be construed as a slight understatement, a spokesman for Walmart said a cell phone deal that included a prepaid, unlimited usage plan “led to excitement among our customers” at the Moultrie, Ga., location, according to the Associated Press. Video footage of the “excitement” shows a congested and chaotic scene, with dozens of customers trying desperately to get their hands on various products. Here is a recording of the incident:

These are just a few examples from around the country. Let us all take a moment to reflect upon what it is in our culture that breeds such behavior in this season of “Peace and Goodwill”.

1 comment:

  1. The article about the Texas incident goes on to report, “’We don't see this very often,’ Officer Matthew Porter said, adding that Salame did not break the law by displaying the weapon. ‘He was within his rights.’
    Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded and had one round in a chamber, the report says.
    Salame reportedly showed proof that he had a concealed handgun license, and he told officers that he pulled the gun out to defend himself because he was punched in the face by Alejandro Alex, 35. Salame, who did not fire the weapon, said he feared further injury by Alex.”

    Conan O’Brien recently joked, "There's a petition for Texas to secede. It has 25,000 signatures. The signatures are from every state but Texas."


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