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November 29, 2013

Save $20 being pushed and shoved for four hours?
That's $5/hour. You'd be money ahead by working
a few hours overtime and shop on a 'normal day'.
People I like. Crowds I hate.

Some find the push, shove, and parking battles of Black Friday to be invigorating. I find them to be -- pause to think for the best word -- absurd. (Actually, I thought 'stupid', but that sounded a bit too gauche.)

The few dollars saved on Black Friday aren't worth the fuss and stress.

With millions of Americans placing themselves in the Black Friday emotional pressure cooker, I surprised there are so few arrests being made.
Black Friday violence reported as retailers usher in start of holiday shopping season

FoxNews.com

The early start to this year's shopping mayhem did not prevent several reported violent confrontations at stores around the nation that opened up for Black Friday, which is typically considered the biggest shopping day of the year.

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday in a Walmart and charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on a police officer after allegedly arguing with a store employee over a TV, NBCNewYork.com reported.

In the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, a driver believed to be involved in a shoplifting scheme was shot by authorities after dragging a police officer who was trying to stop him in the parking lot of a Kohl's department store late Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The suspected shoplifter and two additional suspects were arrested, police told the newspaper. Both the driver and the officer sustained injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, according to the report.

At a Wal-Mart in the Southern California city of Rialto, a police officer was injured while trying to break up a fight after a store manager decided to open the doors early, which police said led to the melee, according to the San Bernardino County Sun.
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