Further Proof That the Only Thing Standing Between Civilization and Chaos is a "Deal"


In the end, that free-for-all at the Mesquite Walmart may turn out to be The Video That Defined Black Friday 2011 'round these parts. There are, though, other contenders, as revealed in home movies dispatched from Big Boxes from Hurst to McKinney to Arlington to the intersection of Skillman and Abrams, where, as you can see above, pink pajamas (I think) will apparently send rational people into a feeding frenzy. More videos on the other side, if you can stomach it.

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GAA
GAA

These videos are sickening.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Back in the Stone Age, when I worked for Sanger-Harris, then for Foley's and REI, we would have rushes and lines of peple, but nothing like this. This is so irresponsible. Since private businesses have no open records act stuff, I wonder how much shrinkage (losses from theft and beakage) occurs during all this. I knwo the statson the news said that it was a great success, but it is so depressing that not only were people  expecting it, they had their cell phones ready to film it--and one lady came with pepper spray in Cali.

Small Business Saturday? How did it go?

Char
Char

The sad part is I think most of those children's pink pjs they were fighting over were made by children for almost nothing.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Folks, it appears that this is a "bottom dweller" sport; and there is nothing funny (I used to think that that lady from the Target commercials was funny, then I realized that sort of attitude is destructive), or sporty about shopping for a bunch of crap!  I detect section 8, and white trash.  

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Black Friday is the first day of dumping all the money people have save for the year. That's right, get them credit cards out that folks worked hard to payoff this year from the last Black Friday. Don't forget about the piggy bank, the money under the mattress, and the money hid in a jar somewhere. Then when Christmas comes, people give the remaining earning they've worked for back to the corporations. It's the corporation way of saying "I'll get it in the end". Then uncle Sam, not Sam Walton, gives a tax refund for those same "black friday people" to do the same freaking thing over again. This time its the car dealers, and yes, Walmart with the big screen T.V.'s on sale, and let's not forget the furniture store. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

It's such shallow, menial bullshit; and to think that ONE day puts families in such extreme peril.  I call contrived bullshit, with them (marketers, Big Boxers) telling us when to spend (X-mas, Valentines Day) our hard earned money. Stupid fuckers. Maybe next karmic cycle you'd be better served as cattle? 

Tom-hendricks
Tom-hendricks

Corporations have 3 days for them - Black Friday, Small Biz Sat, Cyber Monday. How about one where they give back?  Though it won't be reported in Dallas media there is a year old, national grass roots jobs idea of National HIring Day coming out of Dallas -National Hiring Day - This is a day that corporations are encouraged to hire new employees. Corporations are called on to put patriotism first and help their country in hard times. Those corporations that cannot hire, are asked to stop firing for that month.By hiring one person now, a business gets thousands of potential customers with new jobs and buying power in return. Business gives a little to get a lot in return.Republicans should love this because it's outside the government and voluntary. Democrats should love this because it helps those needing jobs. Independents should love it because it helps all with little sacrifice from any one corporation, group, or person. Corporations should love this because with just a hire or two they become part of a collective country wide jump start of the economy.1. If companies can send thousands of jobs overseas, they can hire one American on National Hiring Day.2. If companies can get millions in tax breaks and subsidies from the government, they can help it in return by hiring one American on National Hiring Day.3. With companies sitting on all time high profits, they can hire one person on National Hiring Day - which by the way,  would help them in return.

RTGolden
RTGolden

it's a nice quaint idea, but it wont work. One day?  Means they'll just fire two people the next.  It's why not buying gas for one day never does anything except generate news stories about how it won't accomplish anything.How about a "Get our heads out of our asses" decade?  Have rational, intelligent discussions about the issues, instead of flipping out over any cut in Social programs or having a coronary over raising taxes.  

CJAZ
CJAZ

We've got a better chance of seeing the hiring day thing. People like their heads in their asses - because they think their sh*t don't stink..

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You're basically implying that retail companies are intentionally understaffed just to boost profits. Doesn't seem like a great business model, but okay.

And how about you name those companies that are sitting on all time high profits? I'll wait.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Occupier?  I smell something stinky that needs soap, and Febreeze. 

Mike
Mike

Even corporations that are laying off thousands still hire people every day in jobs at all incomes.

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

stupid is as stupid does. why would any sane person wade into this mess? at walmart? can you spell W.T.? the savings certainly isn't worth it. It's like the losers who show up at a cd store at midnight to be the first to get the newest Depeche Mode or U2 albums. get some sleep morons.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

Depeche Mode makes has new releases?

Kmitchell124
Kmitchell124

That was funny Darryl! I think you showed your age. (only 'cause the last album I bought at a store WAS U2.)

CollinBabs
CollinBabs

As my ex used to say, "Intelligence is a constant; the population keeps growing."

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Hey, those are the same people from the Easter Egg Hunt video....

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

The reason our country is imploding is that independent thought (and action) died along time ago.  That, and the hordes (see Black Friday videos) don't understand what's happening.  Imagine a vibrant country where people cared as much on election day as they do about an  Emerson flat screen for $150.

bj9mac
bj9mac

I agree. I was turned off from this type of "shopping" a long time ago. About the same time I became more involved in politics. But the problem is most information disseminated from our "news" programs direct people into group think and into one of the two parties. I believe the two party system is corrupt, so it doesn't matter if you are engaged in politics, because most people end up supporting the R or the D and fail to change the system. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

VERY nice.  Imagine if even half these people worked on this date? Boy Howdy, we have the wrong priorities.........I guess the recession is over in Mesquite! 

I cringe at the notion of fighting with Marge from Garland, and Shinequa from Lancaster for a 5 dollar movie that will have rust and dust on it-and never get watched.  I certainly don't want to fight with Lorena from Ladonia over a $190 flatscreen.  Get a life? 

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

Mr. Abbot, you are absolutely right about this country imploding.  Also, the hordes of people think that stuff will make them happy and then it all ends up in the landfills. 

MattL1
MattL1

I myself enjoyed sleeping in, watching college football and eating leftovers.  Of course, I understand that not everyone is like me.  Hope these people gleaned as much joy from their experience as I did from mine.

cp
cp

Some people actually do enjoy this shit. Look, if I wanted to get thrashed around by a bunch of wild animals I'd go run with the bulls in Spain. Hmm, come to think of it, maybe we should invite Spaniards to America (certainly North Central Texas) to come run with the Black Fridayians...  

sa
sa

Civlization is a very, very thin veneer.  Always a good thing to remember.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Noted that in today’s DMN an article by a professor (Milwaukee) who has studied Black Fridays and has come to the conclusion that the best deals (in electronics for example) are not on Black Friday or Cyber Monday but in early to mid December. Hope that all the lemmings had a good time staying up all night.   I slept late (Mister Mean needs his beauty sleep) and will stay the hell away from all Malls and stores until the madness abates.

Kmitchell124
Kmitchell124

I was going to think about maybe considering possibly venturing to my local store de jour to take part in their deals, but then I went to their website, and the exact same deals (50% off) were offered on line with free shipping (purchase minimum, but still). Kept my happy ass on the couch and shopped from there. And, to those that behave badly on black Friday and get caught, you should have your toys taken away from you. That should be the punishment!!

cp
cp

Yeah well, everybody already knows that and got their shopping done online by 10am on Friday. At least all the people I know, and they happen to be above average. 

G_David
G_David

What a bunch of pathetic losers.

Montemalone
Montemalone

The streets of Oak Lawn were blissfully empty as I motored down to Homo Depot to pick up a sweet smelling Fraser Fir and a half dozen poinsettias from a practically empty store. Then off to Marshalls and Ross in Preston Center, where the parking lot was empty, and the store was too. I wish every day was black friday.

cp
cp

As I've said time and again, the reason I don't live in these places is because I don't want these people as my neighbors. So thankful that none of the Dallas Wal Marts were as terrible. 

Hulon Pate
Hulon Pate

At the new 3 level Walmart they had over 20 DPD officers and yet still they had an incident with blood all over the floor... over crappy computers.   

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