Black Friday: Top 5 Shopping Meltdowns
As if they're cheering us on like ravenous fans at a UFC fight, some retailers are kicking off the holiday shopping season not at midnight Friday, as is somewhat traditional, but on Thanksgiving Day itself.
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People are calling it Gray Friday. Way to scale back the violence and put people ahead of profits, corporate America!
Here are five examples of what can go wrong when demented shoppers mix with deep Black Friday discounts:
5. Waffle iron riot: Shoppers at a Walmart in Little Rock, Arkansas, tussled over waffle-makers at a Black Friday event last year. WTF?!, you say.
Gawker Just your average post-Thanksgiving waffle-iron riot.
Yeah, but consider the price: $2. We would charge through a line of Secret Service agents protecting the president for a $2 waffle-maker.
The lesson here? If retailers really want to curb Black Friday violence, all they have to do is raise their prices.