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The blackest of Black Fridays

On the day after Thanksgiving, I woke up at about 9 a.m. I went to the kitchen, and my granny had bacon, scrambled eggs and biscuits waiting on the table for the family. I laughed with my family members, and then we all showered and packed up and headed home.

The money I spent? Seven bucks. It was enough to purchase the gasoline necessary to take the three-hour trip back home.

I didn’t go into any stores, I didn’t fight any crowds. I didn’t make it some big family tradition to hang out at 4 a.m. outside Wal-Mart and laugh and drink cocoa. Because this year – for the second year in a row – I’m making all my presents. Scarves and hats and such for family members.

It was bad enough to wake up to the news that a Wal-Mart associate was trampled to death by shoppers eager to get a discount on a Blu-Ray player or this year’s Elmo doll. One of the shoppers described the others – NOT HER – as “savages.”

But cool on the heels of this tragic story, we have two men who killed each other in a gunfight at a freakin’ TOYS R US store. TOYS R US!!!!

Apparently two women started fighting in the store, and the men they were with brandished handguns and shot each other.

From the story:

Toys R Us officials released a statement saying they were “outraged by the act of violence . . . and by the fact that anyone would compromise the safety and security of our customers and employees.

“Our understanding is that this act seems to have been the result of a personal dispute between the individuals involved. Therefore, it would be inaccurate to associate the events of today with Black Friday,” the statement said.

WHAT IN THE HELL?! Inaccurate to associate the events with Black Friday? You have an event in which people are already stressed enough as it is. Trying to get the deals for their kids. Trying to play Santy Claus. And this happens?

I didn’t think this was the America we voted for on Nov. 4. I’m sad and ashamed for what so many of us have become.

Savages indeed.

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