Massive Walmart Scuffle Over Cell Phones is Just Plain Stupid

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 23 2012 12:57 PM
I don't mind the madness that is Black Friday, I really don't. You won't catch me camping out in front of Best Buy or any other store for hours or days on end, but you might spot me walking the aisles after the doors open, in part because the spectacle is a sight to behold. Last night, for example, I took my 16-year-old stepdaughter shopping at the mall. She had never experienced Black Friday and wanted to see the commotion first-hand. Feeling good from the butt-kicking the Patriots put on the Jets, I thought, 'What the hell, let's do this.' And so we did. She snagged some good deals too, stocking up on clothes at anywhere from 50-60 percent off, depending on the store. It was a success.

I'd argue that Black Friday itself isn't evil, though it does expose human greed in its ugliest form. Deeply discounted electronics items are in short supply, and because some of the deals are so stellar -- several stores were selling 40-inch LCD TVs for less than $200, for example -- there's always a mad dash to snatch up those items first.

Walmart Scuffle

At what looks like a Walmart store somewhere in the U.S., Black Friday shoppers fought over low priced cell phones. The ensuing scuffle, caught on video and uploaded to YouTube, is sad, stupid, silly, disheartening, and a whole bunch of other adjectives. Check it out (note that there is some faintly heard rough language later in the video):

I don't know where this took place, only that it happened last night. Throughout the video, there's lots of pushing, yelling, grabbing, and generally shoppers making fools of themselves.

Though the hottest items are likely sold out by now, there are still many deals to be had throughout the day and over the course of the weekend. If, like me, you plan on venturing out into the wild this weekend, stay safe out there.
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sackyhack replied on Fri, Nov 23 2012 1:43 PM

Are the deals really worth this kind of hell? I sat comfortable in my pajams this morning and did some online shopping, and plan to do more on cyber monday. No wonder Walmart employees are fed up.

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No, they are not worth it. They should give it some order instead of letting people just charge in. Walmart only loses money anyway, why get the bad press too?

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Kidbest100 replied on Sat, Nov 24 2012 12:47 AM

This is so ridiculous. I feel sorry for all the employees of these stores that actually have to deal with all of this mayhem, let alone witness it.

I found it funny that it looked like the employees had all of the items in giant shrink wrapped containers in the middle of the room, just waiting to let the customers tear into it like a pack of hungry animals. Absolutely ridiculous.

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OSunday replied on Sat, Nov 24 2012 5:34 PM

Exactly what cell phone were they even fighting for?

That's something that confuses me the most... It's not like it's the latest Apple Device or High End android phone from the looks of the boxes people are grabbing at...

So are they fighting each other for cheap disposable phones?

I feel like a situation like that is something you'd see for walkie-talkies with the onset of the apocalypse or something.. not black friday, even if it is a temporary end of human sanity lol

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