Souled Out for an Xbox


The after Thanksgiving competitive shopping began with ribbon cuttings, whistles or the simple unlocking of doors. I have seen no reports of any store using a starter’s pistol to begin their Black Friday sale. Perhaps next year.

At a California Walmart’s Black Friday kickoff a customer decided that in order to claim the $299 Xbox, a little edge was needed. Pepper spray. That’s right, a whole herd of desperate shoppers were pepper sprayed by some psycho-shopper.

Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.

“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” the Sylmar resident said. “I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes.”

The pepper spray wafted through the air, Seminario said, and she breathed some in and started coughing. Her face also started itching.

Nakeasha Contreras, 20, of North Hollywood, said she arrived at midnight and hadn’t heard what happened. Even if she had, she said, she wouldn’t have minded: “I don’t care. I’m still getting my TV. I’ve never seen Wal-Mart so crazy, but I guess it could have been worse.” –L.A. Times

Is this what America in recession looks like?

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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November 25, 2011 8:20 pm

This is what America waiting out a President, keeping their cash on hand until today to spend a little more 🙂 I don’t usually do Black Friday because of the idiots like you mentioned above however, the idiots at #OWS decided they were going to attempt nationwide to mess with shoppers to screw with retailers and well I am always one for confrontation so I went out and bought a TV., I have to say it wasn’t packed, thought it was 9:15 this morning, not 12AM but no more then a Saturday shopping experience!

November 25, 2011 10:22 pm

That Arne Duncan takes care of feeding the kids (did you know kids are given backpacks full of food to eat on the weekends?) plus there are federally-granted food banks all over with no means testing, means that people get to sell their foodstamps and use the cash to buy things with.

November 26, 2011 6:24 pm

I guess gone are the days when elbows would do the job. I still have that shopping receipt someone posted found in a parking lot of someone on food stamps. Purchased lobster, wine, etc., etc., etc. I do all my shopping before Black Friday. If I have to go out, I do it on a weekday morning.

November 27, 2011 12:26 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping on Black Friday.
This year I purchased winter coats on-line. But then, I’ve always tried to be practical around the holidays and save the fun for birthdays and just because moments. Presents from me tend to be homemade from my kitchen- jellies, vanilla extracts, cookies, small cakes and pocket pies. I’m thinking about trying to make mead in 2012.

What ever happened to Christmas coming from the heart and not the wallet?

takkat | @kberbel
November 27, 2011 10:23 pm

I went out on Black Friday and it wasn’t too bad, except for the Occupy Austinites who infested the food court and were screaming some sort of manifesto…