Yes, I did go shopping on Black Friday. I was not so thrilled that Kohl's opened at 4 am, meaning I got up at 3 am to get ready. I did get most of what I wanted, and was very happy at the end of it all. I had a great time with my family, we had a lot of fun shopping and people-watching. (But I missed you, Holly!)
We have rules for Black Friday shopping. For us, the point of it all is the fun of the experience and trying to get good deals. We are not pushing, shoving types of people, we are saying-excuse-me and waiting-patiently-in-line people who have an idea of what we want, but if we don't get it, it's OK. We are selective of where we go, since we do not want to get caught up in the crazies. I know that some crowds can get a little out of control, and saving money is not worth that to me. We like to have fun first and foremost, and if we get deals, all the better.
I was horrified to learn of the death of a Walmart worker in New York this year due to a stampeding crowd. I can understand the excitement of getting a plasma TV for $400, but what is this world coming to if the true meaning of Black Friday is to do anything to save money, including killing a man? This is a 34 year old man who DIED. His life is over, but congratulations, you got your laptop for the lowest price of the season! Four other people were hospitalized trying to save him, including a woman who was eight months pregnant. I cannot imagine the thoughts in the minds of these people as they rushed the store, not caring who they hurt along the way in order to save a few hundred bucks. I am just sick at the thought of it all. I hope the security cameras can reveal who is responsible and hold them accountable.