Black Friday 2009 was a little calmer than 2008 — when at least one person died after being trampled by a stampeding crowd at Walmart. Though retailers adjusted a few things to prevent that kind of tragedy from happening again, some shoppers still managed to prove that common sense just isn’t their strong suit.
A Georgia couple left their two children, one 9 years old, the other just 9 months, alone in the shopping cart while they raced off to score Black Friday deals. Charged later with reckless conduct, the dad explained with a perfectly reasonable explanation: He thought the kids would slow him down.
Oh, well that explains it.
And then there’s this:
Can’t see the baby? He’s underneath the electric scooter and the two shop vacs, sleeping peacefully, unaware of what’s looming overhead. Or the packages carelessly thrown on top of him.
I’ve never participated in Black Friday, mostly because it all happens just too damn early, before I’ve really come out of my tryptophan induced coma. Online shopping is more my speed: No crowds, no jostling, and no danger of my kids being squashed by a vacuum cleaner thoughtlessly thrown overtop them when they fall asleep in a cart.
Did you see any craziness when you were out shopping on Black Friday?