Just read about the Black Friday violence

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Postby Midori » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:38 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Crap you guys have a problem. If those hicks had half a brain, you guys will have a civil war on your hands. It's a good thing those inbreds are literally breeding for 364 days of the year. Black Friday is when they go out and stretch their limbs. LOL


A "hick" is a person who lives in the country and doesn't know about life in the cities, but a number of these episodes occurred in Chicago.
Perhaps you are thinking of the word "boor".


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Postby djrez4 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:18 pm

Wall Street -> culture of materialism -> keeping up with the Joneses -> credit crunch
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inner city poverty -> hip hop culture -> gang mentality
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violence on Black Friday.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:36 pm

But really, to save 30% on some freaking towels??? I read they were almost rioting over that. If they wait until January, when that stuff goes on sale it will probably be even cheaper as they are selling what didn't sell for Christmas, but they are ready to break someone's nose for a couple of bucks off a towel.


How nuts can you get. We really are a bunch of barbarians. It's no wonder we don't have any prestige left in the world when you see this go on.

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Postby Sevenfeet » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:35 pm

Nothing like saving $100 on a big screen TV only to spend $200 on bail...
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Postby samhradh » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:12 pm

Don't mind me, just having a soapbox moment:

FastSRT8 wrote:Sorry but I read all the crap that happens on Black Friday and can't believe the number of redneck hicks you guys harbor in the US!


I abhor the violence. That goes without saying. However, the classism and "I'm better than you" attitude displayed in this thread is frustrating. Grouping Wal-Mart customers, BF shoppers, and impoverished people together as hicks or low-class or uneducated gangster wannabes that are ruining America is a tad harsh, no?

I work in retail at high-end stores. I'd say the majority of our customers make $75K or more a year, hold college degrees, and live in the suburbs or upscale city apartments, but they too can nickel and dime/argue for a discount like their lives depend on it. Some of my most frustrating customer experiences have been with AmEx Platinum/Black Card holders or people listed in the local magazine as having bought a $4.5 million dollar home. Some of my most pleasant experiences have been with people that are splitting transactions between multiple payment methods and taking advantage of a sale to finally buy an item they sorely need.

People beat and kill others over petty issues every day. There are societal benefits from BF that are ignored in the wake of publicity over its negative incident outliers. If a store offers discounts on BF or for a holiday and generates big numbers, where's the real harm? They usually hire extra seasonal staff and help stimulate the economy.

Retailers - including Wal-Mart - are heavily advertising Cyber Monday and staggering the times at which BF deals are offered in an effort to mitigate crowds and fighting over product. We are responsible for providing a safe shopping experience but can only do so much.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:41 pm

Well I'm not rich, probably shouldn't even really have an Amex, those are for "rich" people which isn't me. And I don't think I'm necessarily better than others, but then again it's not hard to be better than people who would trample or stab or beat you half to death to try to save 30% on some towels. I mean the bar there just isn't that high.


I think there is a world of difference between people who try to nickel and dime you down vs people who trample, pepper spray, and beat up others to get their hands on the loot. I don't know maybe I'm just a snob but I know who I'd prefer to deal with, though I certainly understand it's not pleasant when they are like that with Platinum card in hand. I don't see how you can really compare the two. I'd rather deal with some cheap and arrogant rich guy than a low life who is going to pepper spray me and kick me in the nads and beat me into tomorrow so they can grab more towels or a PS/4.

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Postby samhradh » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:24 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:I'd rather deal with some cheap and arrogant rich guy than a low life who is going to pepper spray me and kick me in the nads and beat me into tomorrow so they can grab more towels or a PS/4.


LOL. Fair point.

My long soapbox post was merely an attempt to remind people that not everyone supporting BF or shopping at Wally is so bad.
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Postby Userofcards » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:33 am

I agree with most of what samhradh says.

While I also abhor the violence, some of the snobbery on this thread is unfortunate.

I'd also add: The news media is attracted to stories about mayhem on black friday. But while the crowds may be frustrating and commonplace, beatings and other stuff are not the norm. These may make good news stories, but they are not necessarily representative. Its important to remember that: things are "news" for various reasons, but one reason is because they represent deviant behavior. I dare suggest that nearly all black friday shoppers went to the store, did their shopping, and managed to behave in a reasonably civilized fashion without resorting to criminal behavior.

I don't go to black friday because I want to avoid the lines, not because I'm afraid of "barbarians" or "boors" or "hicks" or whatnot.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:29 am

I hope you never end up getting a reason to be afraid. I can sit here and say Oh I'm not afraid to go into da hood too, I don't go there because they will kick my lily @$$ for showing up, I don't go there because I have no business there and anyone who doesn't think the folks there are wonderful is being a jerk and MOST crackers who go into da hood come out alive. True enough but that doesn't mean it would be smart to push my luck.


But hey whatever floats your boat I guess and stay safe.



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