The news about the Black Friday mobs trampling people, surely takes the spirit of Christmas to a new low. Getting a great deal is wonderful, but when you literally step on people to save a few dollars it takes humanity to a level that is very sad.
What happened to shopping while Christmas music played and holiday shoppers stopped to take their little ones to see Santa Claus? Now people sleep in front of stores for days, to be first in line for the specials offered at very early hours. At one Best Buy store, the first shoppers arrived and set up a tent on Wednesday. I guess having a Thanksgiving dinner is not very important to these people.
Families gathering at the table and giving thanks to God for family, friends and health seem to be less important than a sale to some people. These Black Friday mobs do ruin the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of Thanksgiving if they are not even home for the holiday. They are giving up one very important day of Thanks with their family, for a day of chaos.
During these hard times, it is easy to understand that people are looking for sales, but when you are stepping on other people to get that great price, you really don’t deserve it. How can anyone step on another person without even looking back or stopping to help? What has happened to the world, when that all important sale is more important than another human being?
Yes, people save hundreds of dollars when they attend Black Friday events, but only if they are close to the front of the line of people who have waited for days in some cases. The people in the middle of the line waited only to find out that the store only carried a few of the bigger sale items. It would have worked out better for them if they shopped online and got the same sale price with the item delivered right to the door.
The only happy story is one about two women in St. Petersburg Fla., who began their “camp out” on November 19, in front of a Best buy store. They really wanted to be first in line to beat the rest of the Black Friday mob, and it was worth it for them, Best Buy rewarded these two women with the Apple iPad.
That story seems to be the only good one reported about the Black Friday mobs. Others are about how the security guards had to shut the doors to stores after people began stepping over people, pushing, shoving, and being completely unruly trying to get in the doors of stores with sales.
When reporters were able to get the shoppers to stand still long enough to answer questions, they said that they liked the chaos, and they do it every year. Something must happen to people after waiting out in the cold for hours, because when the doors to the stores open and shoppers literally step on people just to be first in the store, people replace humanity with the chaos they like so much. So for some it seems that chaos, and Black Friday mobs are more important than the Spirit of Christmas, and that is very sad.