Friday, November 25, 2011

Wal-Mart's Contribution to American Culture: Shopper Uses Pepper Spray at Black Friday Sale

Sadly, American materialism at post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales have sunk to a new low. At roughly 2230 on Thursday (November 24), a frenzied woman shopper at a crowded Los Angeles, CA Wal-Mart store deployed a pepper spray canister to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, resulting in some 20 shoppers sustaining minor injuries.

COMMENT: Police said the suspect deployed the pepper spray at competing shoppers when the coverings over sales items of various electronic products she wanted were removed by employees. Unfortunately, the assailant escaped from the store.

As in past years, in generating manic behavior in the interest of big sales, Wal-Mart has not been adequately staffed at Black Friday sales to maintain order and prevent the types of incidents that occurred in this case.

Unfortunately, few of us expect to be assailed by pepper spray while shopping on Black Friday in the US, but perhaps saving money is not worth the risk. Hence, avoiding massive crowds in congested stores may be the best way in not getting caught up in "mob hysteria." On the other hand, if you brave the stores in search of a great deal, be prepared for the worst in sampling the best of American culture.

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