There are some things that might be worth getting excited about when you’re in line on Black Friday.
A waffle maker is not one of them.
Unless, apparently, you’re in line at the Little Rock, Arkansas, Walmart and the waffle maker happens to be on sale for two bucks.
Some shopper decided to capture the ruckus with her cell phone and then upload it to Twitter. Dozens of people are shown fighting over a limited supply of the deal.
What’s so great about waffles in Arkansas?
Whatever it is, girls in Monroeville, Pennsylvania seem to feel the same way about yoga pants. One witness to a scuffle inside a Victoria’s Secret store claimed girls were literally “punching each other” as they grappled for just the right pair.
But wait: it gets worse!
A Walmart in Los Angeles saw what I hope was the worst example of bad behavior on Thanksgiving night, as a woman pepper-sprayed other shoppers to improve her chance of getting one of those limited stock Xbox game players. Twenty people suffered minor injuries, police said, including 10 who weren’t pepper sprayed, but sustained bumps and bruises in the melee.
The sprayer, unfortunately, got away, but police are checking cash register receipts to determine who purchased an Xbox. If she did get one, I hope she paid by credit card.
I scanned the very heavy local paper on Thursday morning, browsing through the various ad circulars just to see if there might be anything I’d consider getting up early (or staying up late outside) to buy.
Honestly, there wasn’t a single deal that I thought was worth my time. There wasn’t even a deal that came close to being worth my time.
I hope that if you went out into the feeding frenzy that was Black Friday, you returned home safely and relatively unscathed.
Have you ever gotten up before the crack of dawn for one of these? Did you actually get the item you came for, or had they already run out by the time you got inside the door?