This is the moment a two-year-old boy was rescued from a Kmart parking lot after he was abandoned by a shopper who left with a wide-screen TV--just one of the shocking incidents on a day of chaos on Black Friday yesterday. Anthony Perry, 35, of Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested for leaving the child unattended and he faces potential child neglect charges. Authorities found the child sleeping in Perry´s Nissan Venza in the Kmart parking lot and broke into the vehicle to get him out. The vehicle was towed and the child was taken to a hospital for a check-up.
You would think that this was a third world nation where people went without all year ´round except for Black Friday! I fail to see what Victoria´s "Secret" really is when you see a mob that just can´t wait to get in there to buy nothing! There is no Black Friday deal good enough to expose myself to that chaos. Good grief! Pure gluttony on display! I am truly living in a world I don´t understand anymore. We are a lost nation of misplaced priorities.
I honestly would not go out on Black Friday even if they told me I would get it for free. I despise the crowds, the traffic, the rudeness, the noise and most of all the greed. I stayed home listening to all my favorite Christmas music, my favorite talk show hosts online and putting up my Christmas tree.
I have a tradition of staying home the Friday after Thanksgiving. I look forward to and really enjoy the day. There is no electronic gadget or anything else that could entice me to wait hours at midnight or 4 am. I do not shop on Thanksgiving day. I leave room for the people who like this sort of madness and they can have it.
There is nothing out there for sale that I would buy that would be worth dealing with the undignified chaos and total anarchy of one of these sale days. And I second Judith, how did this guy get the tv home without his car and the tot?
Yesterday i was on my tractor shredding my pasture when a shear bolt broke on the shredder. I needed a 3 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch bolt so I went to our local Tractor Supply. We live in a small rural Texas town of 4500. Well that place was packed with folks buying everything from bags of feed to toy tractors and trucks. I figured that Tractor Supply wouldn´t be crowded on black Friday but I was wrong. Took me a half hour to get in and out with the bolt.
These are MASSACHUSETTS people, People! You know, the folks who overwhelmingly voted for Ted Kennedy and John Kerry year after year? The guy knew that the government would take the kid off his hands and find him a nice home in the foster care system. Presumably, the girl friend was agreeable. I´m sure he and his friend were able to get the TV loaded in a vehicle and safely home.
Should really bad times come, say a massive earthquake in California--or just the continuation of the economic trajectory that we are on-- that drives hordes like this to YOUR home, one of the few stocked with food and a generator, this is what you can expect.
No care for someone trampled. Any hint of civilization tossed aside. Moronic hordes, emboldened by little fears of repercussions or the law, do exactly as they please. ( I wonder how much stuff walked out of the store?)
Be prepared if there is a disaster folks, and that includes a plan and weapons. If people are willing to do this during the "warmth of the holiday season", what do you think they will do when the economy collapses and they are hungry?
The big problem is the boxes for these flat screen TVs just don´t make as good of a crib as the CRT TV boxes did.
Classic decades old TV news spot about a poor family. Camera shows the family is so poor the baby has to sleep in the box for the new color TV. In that day the news guy actually had to guts to ask about the logic of their priorities. It would never be asked today.
An unknown number of Target Corp customers shopping over the busy Black Friday weekend had their credit card information stolen in an "extensive" breach of the U.S. retailer´s security, Dow Jones reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The theft may have occurred through software installed at machines customers use to swipe their cards when paying, Dow Jones cited one of the unidentified sources as saying. The Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving is among the busiest shopping periods of the year. Target did not respond to requests for comment.
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