I’ll Beat You Down for a Twenty Dollar Discount

Beat Down for 20 Dollars

Black Friday.

It brings out the absolute worst in people. What other country than the good ole USA, will complete strangers act like insane lunatics trying get their hands on an Elmo doll or Panasonic stereo, all for a holiday they probably don’t even believe in anymore?

People in other countries all over the world are fighting to save their lives from oppression or tyranny. Our country, we fight for consumerism.

It’s sad to see people behave like inbred monkeys.

Watching a grown man violently push women around to get a TV is just disgusting. Seeing two women fight in a mall and one of them getting tasered is appalling. And groups of people fighting over towels, well, that IS like watching a bunch of inbred monkeys. People have lost their ever-loving minds and this insanity needs to stop!

Where has the decency of humanity gone?

Have we become so enthralled with our own selfish desires that we no longer have any common sense for the safety and well being of others? Are we that desperate for a deal that we are willing to take a person’s life or cripple them all for a $20 savings on an electronic device? Apparently so, because it’s happening more and more as retailers continue to create mass hysteria over discounted items.

We may be the richest and most educated nation on the planet, yet so many people behave worse than wild animals documented by National Geographic shows.

What is the solution?

Honestly I don’t know. I am not sure you can train baboons to change their behavior and act more civilized, but I think you can take away the prize they are fighting for.

Perhaps retailers should have to pay all the medical costs and expenses associated with this violence. Maybe they should even be fined steep penalties for not creating a better system or way to control the crowds. Better yet, why not just have enough products on hand and a three day sale instead of heavily chumming for sharks in a six hour period?

As for the people who want to fight for that 32″ TV … maybe we should put all these people in a cage and when the buzzer sounds, it’s a free for all for the prize in the middle. Apparently there’s a market for this type of event, evident by the chimpanzees who egg on the larger baboons to fight while recording these melees with their phones.

In reality, I think that the people recording these territorial pissing ground battles should do something moral, like help the people getting beat up or trampled (especially women, children, and elderly) to safety or simply refuse to participate and just walk off.

Kill Black Fridays!

I’m really ducking from the monkey feces now! Of course it’s not a popular idea or decision. I mean people need a bunch of crap that they really don’t need, just because it will save them a hundred dollars. I get it. OK, not really.

Overall I think the best action we could all take is to do away with the idea of Black Friday (and now Thursday too) and spend more time trying to act like humans and spend time with the people we claim to love. Most of us have everything we need and I would even bet that most of the people we are buying these gifts for just want to be loved.

Say no to the madness. Stop acting like insane monkeys and start acting like a decent human beings.



  1. Patrick Neve on December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    “. . . I would even bet that most of the people we are buying these gifts for just want to be loved.”

    Right on the nail James.

    I find my inability to afford a “Black Friday” as a blessing. In fact, we haven’t been able to enjoy one in years. And it’s easy to get hung up with silly feelings of “missing out,” but who the heck wants to get caught up in that madness? Who wants their integrity tested like that? And as you mentioned, it’s basically for mere dollars.

    There is something liberating about not stepping foot out of your home on the biggest shopping day of the year. I treated myself to a Kindle book (which was full price). Lol

    So I’m with ya. “Death to Black Friday!” Yes, I said it. 🙂

    • James Dalman on December 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Do count it a blessing to not be caught up in the madness.

      I’ve watched parents kill themselves for years financially, physically, and mentally to provide the latest toy or electronic device for their kids. The sad thing is that most kids would prefer that their parent(s) be more present and loving instead. So these gifts that are sometimes fought over have no true meaning a year from now. But I could go on about this (perhaps another blog post).

      It’s more than trying to get better stuff for our children too. We also want more stuff to fill our homes when they are already filled — some so much that we have to pay for a storage unit to hold more of our stuff. Crazy!

      All that being said, there is nothing wrong with purchasing gifts at all. I love to give gifts, BUT I am not going to dropkick some grandma to get that Norelco Electric Shaver for ten bucks.

      • Patrick Neve on December 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

        ” . . . BUT I am not going to dropkick some grandma to get that Norelco Electric Shaver for ten bucks.”

        I couldn’t agree more. People are losing it! Kids, spouses, friends, . . . they remember the gifts that you can’t buy at a retail store. Things that came out of thought and love.

        Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to see the excitement on my kids’ faces when they get a new shiny toy, but as you mentioned, the excitement fades after a week, sometimes a day. Lol But what never seems to fade is their relentless need to “feel” loved.

        • James Dalman on December 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

          I love to buy my kids gifts too, but we’ve always tried to make sure that we don’t just buy shiny toys because we can. Our kids weren’t allowed to have a cell phone until they were 16. Some people thought that was just “uncivilized.” LOL! I’ve watched young kids open their gifts only to play with the boxes. Sometimes they need to use their imagination too. Ah, but that IS another blog post.

  2. Mag on December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    A few bad apples spoil the bunch.

    Not sure where the tasering and fighting took place, but my past experiences with Black Friday have been the polar opposite.

    Aside from the long lines and crowded aisles, I’ve rather enjoyed the shopping and have found the other folks to be polite and, well, kinda chummy.

    Even had a Kum-Ba-Ya campfire moment with a few dozen shoppers as we gathered ’round piles of toys… cracking jokes, sharing Mentos, and counting down the final seconds to the start of the sale. When the clock struck 5:00am we all helped pass out the toys to the folks further up and down the aisle.

    Maybe the difference is living in a small town in the Midwest where the common attitude is one of neighbor helping neighbor?

    • James Dalman on December 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Perhaps location is a definite factor. I do know that in smaller towns that people can be more friendly and more civil. Maybe one reason is that everyone knows everyone! 🙂

      I don’t believe that all people are evil on Black Friday and there are still decent human beings left in the world. I do see more and more people acting like animals these days, even when it has nothing to do with the busiest shopping day of the year.

      There is hope and I am glad that your experience has been totally different!

  3. Christina pittsley on December 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    So agree. All the craziness makes me sad.

  4. ThatGuyKC on December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Black Fridays are the worst. We purposefully don’t go shopping that day. And especially not on Thanksgiving.

    Sad to think people believe the lie that those deals only exist on that day and retailers aren’t going to have repeat offers between Black Friday and Christmas.

    Good grief.

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