>I’ve taken a week off from posting in order to refocus some time with my family away from the office and church (for the most part). It was a great Thanksgiving as my wife, Sarah, put together a wonderful meal.
As has become the culture, post-Thanksgiving, thousands of people spent a ton of time and money shopping, looking for deals in order to ‘celebrate’ the holiday. One of my college students (who works at Target) shared with me an internal slogan that the employees used, “Prepare to see the worst in humanity!”
CNN apparently would agree. It shouldn’t surprise us, should it? The human heart’s tendency to create and fashion idols + encouraged materialism + crazy deals = INSANITY.
Call it a case of consumerism bringing out the worst in people.
Three women in West Palm Beach, Florida, say $1,000 worth of Best Buy merchandise was stolen from their car Friday morning within minutes of being purchased, according to CNN affiliate WPBF
The women were the first people at Best Buy after camping out since Wednesday night.
After they made their purchases, they put them in the car and went to JC Penney. A few minutes later, they returned, and the goods were gone.
“I mean, we’ve been camping since Wednesday,” a tearful Shereece Francis told WPBF. “Just cruel, just wicked.”
The women weren’t the only ones to experience Black Friday car troubles.
The customers had parked in a lot adjacent to Best Buy belonging to a T-Mobile store. They told KSDK there were no signs saying parking was for T-Mobile customers only, just a small, upside down sign from “Bulldog Towing” warning about abandoned or illegally parked cars.
Now, those customers are out $335.
“We’re going to have to return our gifts that we bought on Black Friday just to get the car from tow,” said Lavorn Ford, who had purchased a Playstation 3 for his son. “It’s frustrating because you get up early in the morning to get your kids stuff for Christmas and then this stuff happens. “
A T-Mobile store manager said the store needed the parking lot when it opened at 7 a.m.
“Our lot was full by 4 and then again by 6, so we would have opened up our business and not had any spots,” store manager Brian Fisher said.
“I just wanted to get my daughter the toy that she wanted for Christmas, which probably won’t be there when I go today,” Lanessa L. Lattimore, 21, told CNN.
Lattimore attempted to cut in front of a line of “several hundred shoppers” at a Toys R Us store in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, according to a police report. Lattimore admitted there had been a confrontation in the line but disputed the details.
“Everybody was cutting in line. But there was one girl who was threatening me, so I told her that I’d shoot her,” Lattimore told CNN. “I’m not a violent person, but police charged me with disorderly conduct.”
CNN affiliate WIVB had a camera inside the Target and captured the drama. People at the front of the line were pushed to the floor when doors opened. The commotion and screams drew additional store staff to sort the crowd out.
Several people had cut into the line, angering the crowd, Mathewson said.
Unruly Wal-Mart shoppers in Sacramento, California, prompted an evacuation of the store, affiliate KTXL reported.
Just after the store opened its doors at 5 a.m., customers became pushy and unruly.
Sacramento Sheriff’s officers were called in to help clear the store and everyone was ordered to leave their carts in the store and exit. Once everyone outside calmed down, shoppers were allowed back in to finish their shopping, according to KTXL.