It occurs to me that it’s more useful to post this today than two days from now.

I’ve condemned Black Friday before. This year, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden at Making Light does it way better than I can, focusing on Wal-Mart and the company’s persistent refusal to institute measures that would decrease the frenzy and protect both customers and employees.

It isn’t like this takes them by surprise, people. That post documents a four-year history of injuries and property damage, hospitalizations and crowd violence that takes police to shut them down. And there are well-defined methods of reducing that risk.

They do not include tossing laptops at the crowd like t-shirts during a rock concert.

When your employees are making statements like “They trampled each other for ’em, […] It was great,” then something has gone horrifically wrong. Wal-Mart’s corporate masters create and feed the mob mentality, because it benefits their bottom line. But the cost to the rest of us — including their employees — is sickening.

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  1. d_c_m

    I hear ya’. I’m staying home that entire day. 🙂

  2. gauroth

    That is just sickening. I couldn’t finish reading the Making Light post, it was so horrible.

    It hasn’t happened here in the UK yet, as far as I know, but I won’t be surprised when it does. Saddened, but not surprised. What is WRONG with us??

  3. kendokamel

    Ugh, I hate the insanity that proliferates for One Single Day.

  4. c0untmystars

    That is obscene. Obscene. Yet another on the list of reasons why I can’t stand Wal-Mart.

  5. amysisson

    I’m right there with you on this. I refuse to buy anything on Black Friday, including online. I’m disgusted by this year’s television commercials, one series of which is showing a woman in a preparation frenzy for Black Friday.

  6. gothicsparrow

    That’s really disgusting. Apparently there are laws that stop that sort of thing here, but that it happens at all is terrible.

  7. pentane

    I never shop at Wal*Mart anyway. Terrible place.

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