Bargains and brawls on Black Friday


unclepercy
#1
I try to avoid Black Friday like the plaque, and we spend that day putting up our Christmas decorations. When completed, our house looks like the Griswalds in National Lampoons Christmas movie.

The indoors is done, and next comes the wrapping. I scoured the ads for bargains/but I pretty much know what I want. Today this came out in the news:

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The bargains were so good at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which offered better deals than last year, that things got out of hand. In Cascade Township, east of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a woman fell as dozens of people rushed into a store for the 5 a.m. opening. Several stepped on her, and a few became entangled as a man pushed them to the ground to keep them away.

When the rush ended, the woman and a 13-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.

In nearby Grandville, Michigan, two shoppers were hurt when they slipped on a wet floor as they entered a Wal-Mart, fire Lt. Lynnae White said. One of the injured was after a bargain notebook computer, he said. Neither was hurt seriously.

The same computer discount was the catalyst for trouble at a Wal-Mart in Orlando, Florida, where a man allegedly cut in line to buy one. He was wrestled to the ground, according to a video shown by an ABC affiliate, WFTV-TV. (Watch shoppers scuffle in Florida -- :41)

Discounted notebooks, particularly the $378 HP Pavilion notebooks, were not the only attractions at Wal-Mart, which also sold out of its $997 52-inch plasma TV sets and 15-inch LCD TVs, priced at $178, in many stores, according to Gail Lavielle, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman. But apparel and toys also did well, she said.
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Is Christmas taken as seriously in Canada as in the US? Here is the link:

www.cnn.com/2005/US/11/25/hol....ap/index.html (external - login to view)

Uncle
 
Ocean Breeze
#2
"Is Christmas taken as seriously in Canada as in the US?"


Christmas or Xmas (holiday) shopping??
 
no1important
#3
I don't think we do, but the Boxing day sales are pretty competitive, intense and full of chaos. I stay away from stores as far as I can. A lot of places now have Boxing week sales.

I always get a kick out of people camping out for a day or 2 to get a bargain.

I have never done it myself. Boxing day is a day for me to recover from the night before. Ha Ha

Boxing Day (external - login to view)

Boxing Day is a public holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on 26 December. In many European countries it is also a holiday, called St Stephen's Day or the Second Day of Christmas. Strictly defined as the first weekday after Christmas [1], popular usage [2] has more recently maintained that Boxing Day always falls on the 26th, and that its associated public holiday may fall on a different day.

There is much dispute over the true origins of Boxing Day, but one common story of the holiday's origins is that servants and tradesmen received Christmas gifts from their employers on the first weekday after Christmas, the day after the family celebrations. These were generally called their "Christmas boxes." Another story is that this is the day that priests broke open the collection boxes and distributed the money to the poor.
 
Ocean Breeze
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by no1important

I don't think we do, but the Boxing day sales are pretty competitive, intense and full of chaos. I stay away from stores as far as I can. A lot of places now have Boxing week sales.

I always get a kick out of people camping out for a day or 2 to get a bargain.

I have never done it myself. Boxing day is a day for me to recover from the night before. Ha Ha

Boxing Day (external - login to view)

Boxing Day is a public holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on 26 December. In many European countries it is also a holiday, called St Stephen's Day or the Second Day of Christmas. Strictly defined as the first weekday after Christmas [1], popular usage [2] has more recently maintained that Boxing Day always falls on the 26th, and that its associated public holiday may fall on a different day.

There is much dispute over the true origins of Boxing Day, but one common story of the holiday's origins is that servants and tradesmen received Christmas gifts from their employers on the first weekday after Christmas, the day after the family celebrations. These were generally called their "Christmas boxes." Another story is that this is the day that priests broke open the collection boxes and distributed the money to the poor.

Boxing day is kind of fun......... almost like entertainment post the xmas day feast and glutton. People might wait in line etc.........but the intensity is not there. Hard to phathom an actual brawl just to get a boxing day special. ........
 
no1important
#5
I never heard of an actual brawl up here myself either.
 
peapod
#6
Very exciting stuff, you can almost see the sugar plums dancing and what not. a child dies every five seconds in this world from stravation, so much for sugar plums.

oh boy, I guess I am gonna get it now...
 
Ocean Breeze
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Very exciting stuff, you can almost see the sugar plums dancing and what not. a child dies every five seconds in this world from stravation, so much for sugar plums.

oh boy, I guess I am gonna get it now...

ain't that the truth , kids, people are starving the world over......people/kids are dying in the bush fecking war......and all americans do is brawl over getting the best deal on some damn luxury item. not only that , but it actually makes the news when more important stuff does not...

t's a puzzlement.......that they would even try to preach some higher moral ground or standard with a straight face.
 
peapod
#8
Well lets not ruin everyones christmas eh ocean It amazes me how people fall for this dis crap. Just thinking to myself, of course. Hey whata think of my avatar ocean? Its mocha dick of the pacfic, but some people call him moby dick
 
Ocean Breeze
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Well lets not ruin everyones christmas eh ocean It amazes me how people fall for this dis crap. Just thinking to myself, of course. Hey whata think of my avatar ocean? Its mocha dick of the pacfic, but some people call him moby dick

I like it......Like the shades of gray effects too..

( hey, no intentions of ruining Xmas.........but you know not everyone even "celebrates" it...... Ok.......so I have an issue with greed , and gross materialism.. what can I say??
 
no1important
#10
Christmas is just one big commercialization, greed and gimme gimme mentality. I prefer New Years eve over Xmas myself.
 
missile
#11
What I saw on the News of the Black Friday Shopping Events: Greedy people fighting over crap on sale. And,as usual,the worst were shopping at WalMart
 
no1important
#12
It looked like a herd of wild animals on the run when they opened the doors. They just kept running over people who fell then there was a scrap as one guy kept barging in line. If I live in America, this would be one day I would stay away from the stores. It was pretty bizzare what I saw on tv, all this to save some money.
 
MMMike
#13
Quote:

ain't that the truth , kids, people are starving the world over......people/kids are dying in the bush fecking war......and all americans do is brawl over getting the best deal on some damn luxury item. not only that , but it actually makes the news when more important stuff does not...

t's a puzzlement.......that they would even try to preach some higher moral ground or standard with a straight face.

Spare me your righteousness... Canadians are no less obsessed with overconsumption. When I lived in Fredericton there was the 'Tickle me Elmo' craze, where there was a mob fight at Walmart people trying to get one. Some poor guy stocking shelves got knocked off his ladder and hurt. Don't kid yourself that we Canadians are somehow above this type of behaviour.
 
missile
#14
You're right,we can be just as animalistic as them. But,in our defense, it seems that WalMart instigates these incidents every year by offering for sale some desired item at a ridiculously low price ..knowing what chaos the deal will cause in the stores. Publicity reasons,perhaps?
 
MMMike
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

You're right,we can be just as animalistic as them. But,in our defense, it seems that WalMart instigates these incidents every year by offering for sale some desired item at a ridiculously low price ..knowing what chaos the deal will cause in the stores. Publicity reasons,perhaps?

I think its great, missile. They should make it more entertaining, though. Maybe put grease on the floors everywhere... or by putting the 'big special' on the back of a golf cart and get the people to chase it around the store. I'd love to see that on camera! Anybody who would line up at a WalMart and run like a madman to get 'the deal' is a fool. I have no sympathy for these consumer monkeys.
 
Canucklehead
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by MMMike

Quote: Originally Posted by missile

You're right,we can be just as animalistic as them. But,in our defense, it seems that WalMart instigates these incidents every year by offering for sale some desired item at a ridiculously low price ..knowing what chaos the deal will cause in the stores. Publicity reasons,perhaps?

I think its great, missile. They should make it more entertaining, though. Maybe put grease on the floors everywhere... or by putting the 'big special' on the back of a golf cart and get the people to chase it around the store. I'd love to see that on camera! Anybody who would line up at a WalMart and run like a madman to get 'the deal' is a fool. I have no sympathy for these consumer monkeys.

I love it... the soundtrack would have to be Yakety Sax (aka Benny Hill theme)though
 
missile
#17
Laptops for under 300 dollars! I bet they break down 5 minutes afte booting 'em up & can't be repaired & the warranty [well.what warranty?]
 
peapod
#18
You two crack me up... I can seeeeeeeeee you canucklehead :P
 
Canucklehead
#19
Dammit I knew I shoulda installed those new blinds sooner :P
Ah well... gotta go with it... *struts for Pea* 80
 
peapod
#20
Never mind the strut, just go ahead and do the full monty :P Summer is here and we will sing along and clap for you.

Dah da-dah da-dah *clap clap* Dah da-dah da-dah *clap clap :P
 
Canucklehead
#21
Hey now...two of you?! Hmmmmmmmm as tempting as that may be... I sorry but I gotta charge for that :P :P
 
peapod
#22
Hows about we pay with poetry...uh huh, just the funny stuff, here is a sample :P

Hey Acorn!
Who d'you think you are?
A hard guy?
You look like a little hard-boiled egg
Sitting in a cup.
Well I'm telling you hard guy,
A squirrel is going to find you,
And if he doesn't eat you
he's going to bury you
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#23
nice avatar, lil' p. I downloaded an audiobook version of Moby Dick a few days ago.

I am sitting in the middle
of a whopper of a whale,
where there's scant illumination,
and the air is still and stale.
My monotonous enclosure
is predominantly gray,
and is surely no location
I would choose to spend my day.

There is no one to converse with
in a whale's digestive tract.
I am bored with my surroundings,
and I wish that I had packed.
Without any sort of warning
I was eaten like a bean.
Now I'm stranded in the center
of a living submarine.

I see no way of escaping,
so I'm throwing up my hands,
and unless I'm extricated,
I'm not making any plans.
I'd appreciate suggestions,
simply drop them in the mail.
Just address them to the belly
of this whopper of a whale.
 
Canucklehead
#24
Fully Monty... Nuts... BURIED?! I reeeaalllly don't find that poem inspirational
 
peapod
#25
hehehehe...tis is more fun than shopping :P Bigh *fluffs hair* inspiration canuckle since when did a man need inspiration to take his cloths off :P ehm...bigh did the person who wrote that poem also write this

love chocolate cake.
And when I was a girl
I loved it even more.

Sometimes we used to have it for tea
and Mum used to say,
'If there's any left over
you can have it to take to school
tomorrow to have at playtime.'
And the next day I would take it to school
wrapped up in tin foil
open it up at playtime
and sit in the corner of the playground
eating it,
you know how the icing on top
is all shiny and it cracks as you
bite into it,
and there's that other kind of icing in
the middle
and it sticks to your hands and you
can lick your fingers
and lick your lips
oh it's lovely.
yeah.

Anyway,
once we had this chocolate cake for tea
and later I went to bed
but while I was in bed
I found myself waking up
licking my lips
and smiling.
I woke up proper.
'The chocolate cake.'
It was the first thing
1 thought of.

I could almost see it
so I thought,
what if I go downstairs
and have a little nibble, yeah?

It was all dark
everyone was in bed
so it must have been really late
but I got out of bed,
crept out of the door

there's always a creaky floorboard, isn't there?

Past Mum and Dad's room,
careful not to tread on bits of broken toys
or bits of Lego
you know what it's like treading on Lego
with your bare feet,

yowwww
shhhhhhh

downstairs
into the kitchen
open the cupboard
and there it is
all shining.

So I take it out of the cupboard
put it on the table
and I see that
there's a few crumbs lying about on the plate,
so I lick my finger and run my finger all over the crumbs
scooping them up
and put them into my mouth.

oooooooommmmmmmmm

nice.

Then
I look again
and on one side where it's been cut,
it's all crumbly.

So I take a knife
I think I'll just tidy that up a bit,
cut off the crumbly bits
scoop them all up
and into the mouth

oooooommm mmmm
nice.

Look at the cake again.

That looks a bit funny now,
one side doesn't match the other
I'll just even it up a bit, eh?

Take the knife
and slice.
This time the knife makes a little cracky noise
as it goes through that hard icing on top.

A whole slice this time,

into the mouth.

Oh the icing on top
and the icing in the middle
ohhhhhh oooo mmmmmm.

But now
I can't stop myself
Knife -
1 just take any old slice at it
and I've got this great big chunk
and I'm cramming it in
what a greedy pig
but it's so nice,

and there's another
and another and I'm squealing and I'm smacking my lips
and I'm stuffing myself with it
and
before I know
I've eaten the lot.
The whole lot.

I look at the plate.
It's all gone.

Oh no
they're bound to notice, aren't they,
a whole chocolate cake doesn't just disappear
does it?

What shall 1 do?

I know. I'll wash the plate up,
and the knife

and put them away and maybe no one
will notice, eh?

So I do that
and creep creep creep
back to bed
into bed
doze off
licking my lips
with a lovely feeling in my belly.
Mmmmrnmmmmm.

In the morning I get up,
downstairs,
have breakfast,
Mum's saying,
'Have you got your dinner money?'
and I say,
'Yes.'
'And don't forget to take some chocolate cake with you.'
I stopped breathing.

'What's the matter,' she says,
'you normally jump at chocolate cake?'

I'm still not breathing,
and she's looking at me very closely now.

She's looking at me just below my mouth.
'What's that?' she says.
'What's what?' I say.

'What's that there?'
'Where?'
'There,' she says, pointing at my chin.
'I don't know,' I say.
'It looks like chocolate,' she says.
'It's not chocolate is it?'
No answer.
'Is it?'
'I don't know.'
She goes to the cupboard
looks in, up, top, middle, bottom,
turns back to me.
'It's gone.
It's gone.
You haven't eaten it, have you?'
'I don't know.'
'You don't know. You don't know if you've eaten a whole
chocolate cake or not?
When? When did you eat it?'

So I told her,

and she said
well what could she say?
'That's the last time I give you any cake to take
to school.
Now go. Get out
no wait
not before you've washed your dirty sticky face.'
I went upstairs
looked in the mirror
and there it was,
just below my mouth,
a chocolate smudge.
The give-away.
Maybe she'll forget about it by next week.
 
Canucklehead
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

*fluffs hair* inspiration canuckle since when did a man need inspiration to take his cloths off :P

might i direct you to the beer goggles thread
 
peapod
#27
make it choclate cake instead
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#28
No, p - the whale poem is Jack Prelutsky. The chocolate cake poem is Michael Rosen - I emailed you about that; you tried to trick me by changing the poets gender, eh?
 
peapod
#29
Well he made a mistake using a boy, didn't he bigh?? I corrected it for him Oh blah blah blah, aren't you da clever one
 
zenfisher
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

You're right,we can be just as animalistic as them. But,in our defense, it seems that WalMart instigates these incidents every year by offering for sale some desired item at a ridiculously low price ..knowing what chaos the deal will cause in the stores. Publicity reasons,perhaps?

Walmart intenionally understocks the sale item to draw people into the store and still maintain a certain amount of profitability. Then... so do all the others.

As a person who had to open the doors for such an event and distribute tickets for the said door coupons....Our patrons were relatively well behaved. They started to push in on me...and being somewhat claustaphobic and capable of holding coupons well out of reach...When I shouted back up they did. Early opening events are silly. They cause stores to stretch a staff over a longer time period ...which causes poor service, longer waits and more frustration for customers.
 

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