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Posted on Nov 26, 2010

After a day of overindulgence in food and drink, many Americans observe the nutty consumerist tradition known as Black Friday around the country. Here’s a montage of some of the most frightening stampedes in recent history, ones that give bargain hunting a more literal, feral twist.  —KA

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By Chris Goodwin, December 1, 2010 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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I do not understand.
What is “Black Friday” ?
Some strange American custom ?
Can anyone explain to an old fuddy-duddy European ?

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By nopuppy, November 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Are these for real? Well, I never held out much hope for the human species, and this confirms our utter uselessness. Good grief, it makes me ashamed to be a biped.

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By opakaman, November 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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Mindless automatons!  A generation lost to meaning.  Time to turn off your TVs
and log out of your FB accounts.  Learn to speak and write in full sentences. 
Question authority and take back control of your own destinies.  Read a book for a
change. Reject empty-headed consumerism.  Get a life!

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By Anarcissie, November 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

These people are having a great time.  It’s better than a mosh pit.

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By expat in germany, November 28, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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We are not a successful species.

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By Lilith, November 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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Well .... other than stating the obvious, maybe local law enforcement and local governments should charge a surcharge for the extra strain on law enforcement and medical facilities if local stores want to continue to promote and conduct this type of thing ... sheeesh people, get a grip!

Maybe, and I stress the word maybe, this may force the customers to think of ways to generate this kind of profit without incurring a fine/charge and oh yes, maybe go without all the injuries, death, and spectacle.

Oh and by the way, before I get accused of being an upper class elitist, I happen to be permanently disabled, get Social Security Disability and live well below the poverty level. I avoid Black Friday like the plague!

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By wanked, November 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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If this is what christianity is all about…color me athiest.

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By samosamo, November 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment


Don’t think I can recall such ‘meaningful’
shopping going on here. Just a thought, but how
many of the things ‘bought’ during this ritual will
be forgotten or thrown away before that
wonderful day of crist person’s birthday arrives.

Noted on some news sites that this was the
biggest and most ‘profitable’ black friday of all.
Well, no wonder because it wasn’t just a black
friday thing this year, more stores started the
black friday circle jerk on Wednesday night and
stayed open until…. well some just haven’t
closed. So hooray, the retailers have come across
a scheme to increase their sales of junk, so look
for black friday to start on labor day next year.

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By TheJerk, November 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

Such a disgusting display…

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By Fat Freddy, November 27, 2010 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

Wow. Are they giving out free blowjobs, or what?

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By RayLan, November 27, 2010 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Consumerism writ large as violent greed- overconsumption and the national debt are doing as well as the economy is not.

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By Bronwen Rowlands, November 27, 2010 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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After a day of overindulgence in food and drink?
Nutty consumerist tradition? 

How dare you mock these people.  Take a look at them.  Are these the upper-
class types who shop at Target for kicks?  These people are truly desperate.
Desperate to make their paychecks last long enough to provide decent holidays
for their families. Parts of the video are terrifying, but not for the reason you
seem to suggest.

This is what’s happening to America, folks.  We are becoming two people: the
mass of those scrabbling at and near the bottom, and those looking on with
distaste from their enclaves of wealth and safety.

Where does Truthdig stand?

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By Labeeb, November 27, 2010 at 12:06 am Link to this comment
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Black Friday brings out our natural human dignity and grace, don’t you agree?

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By flaco, November 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

So many slaves, so little toys.

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