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1 No Country For Old Haters  Nov 24, 2014 11:36:08am

>presence or absence of norms that might promote or prevent violent behavior.

I’m sure the absence of smart people at these sales is also a factor. Smart people do not go to Black Friday sales, they make their purchases online, so it only leaves idiots. Idiots of course have a greater potential for mindless violence than average people.

Years ago I worked for Sears where they’d have low cost sales of sample goods to headquarters employees. It was a madhouse, and this was people at their workplace where the desire to not get fired should have stopped the savagery. Instead we got fights and merchandise torn in half by lunatics desperate to get a good deal.

2 Indy GOP Refugee  Nov 25, 2014 4:01:53pm

The obvious fix is to require TV buyers to register and wait 14 days before they pick up as a “cooling off” period.

Just kiddin’

3 Skip Intro  Nov 26, 2014 5:05:06pm

Some people are just plain crazy.


Ron Silva finds some respite from the midday sun Tuesday as he camps out in front of Best Buy in San Luis Obispo. He plans to buy a television for his business, Never Enough Tattoo & Piercing in Atascadero.
4 Alyosha  Nov 28, 2014 2:41:02am

As one who is currently employed in the retail industry, while the extreme conditions present on Black Friday will indeed cause ordinary human beings to behave like unthinking, ravening and rampaging rodents in the grips of an extinction pulse, I’ve observed that even in quiet periods many customers will behave as though the absence of certain items is exactly the same as the loss of a heel of bread in a famine.

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5 calochortus  Nov 28, 2014 8:31:45am

re: #3 Skip Intro

Some people are just plain crazy.

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Ron Silva finds some respite from the midday sun Tuesday as he camps out in front of Best Buy in San Luis Obispo. He plans to buy a television for his business, Never Enough Tattoo & Piercing in Atascadero.

Business must be poor at his place. You’d think he’d lose more money not working than he will save on a TV that he shouldn’t have time to watch at work.

6 jaunte  Nov 28, 2014 8:35:16am
…his business, Never Enough Tattoo & Piercing…

It’s like a self-selecting behavioral experiment.

7 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality  Nov 30, 2014 6:23:43pm

re: #4 Alyosha

As one who is currently employed in the retail industry, while the extreme conditions present on Black Friday will indeed cause ordinary human beings to behave like unthinking, ravening and rampaging rodents in the grips of an extinction pulse, I’ve observed that even in quiet periods many customers will behave as though the absence of certain items is exactly the same as the loss of a heel of bread in a famine.

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Advertising an item in a newspaper flyer means there is an infinite supply of said item for all time. What? You didn’t get that memo from HQ?

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