Friday is expected to be the start of the holiday shopping season. People will line up in the wee hours of the morning to try to score the best deals on electronics, toys, and everything else consumers can get their hands on. It’s essentially the biggest shopping day of the year for bargain hunters and retail chains.
And it gets ugly.
Last year, there were numerous accounts of Black Friday brutality including the story of a woman who pepper sprayed her fellow bargain-hunters, determined to get her paws on an Xbox. Or there was the story of the man who collapsed at a major discount store and later died in the hospital from a prior heart condition. Witnesses were said to have ignored him on the ground and continued with their shopping.
Having worked in retail on the dreaded Black Friday, I have seen what people become and it isn’t pretty.