Well, time again for that most conflicted of holiday seasons – Christmas. Kids love it, parents dread it and retailers can't wait for it. Not only do we have to worry about finding that perfect gift for a loved one, now we put our lives on the line doing it.
This past Friday was what is called in the U.S. 'Black Friday'. Rather a dark name for the first day of the big holiday sales. Shoppers rush like lemmings to the abyss of the retail giants looking for deals. My question is "Are those deals worth a life?" I know my answer to this but apparently others do not feel the same. In one case on Friday an employee of a major retailer was trampled to death when he opened the doors and the waiting crowd rushed into the store. In a separate incident two men shot one another in an argument in a toy store. Both men later died. "What could possibly be worth this?"
Now, I like a sale as much as the next guy. If I can get something for half of what it might have cost a month ago, bring it on! Am I willing to step on someone or shoot them to get that deal? Nope. The fact that someone dies just because of a sale is just plain sad. Obviously our consumer society has gone too far. One thing is for sure – At least three families have a new understanding of the phrase "Deal of a Lifetime".