Rural Lifestyle

Life in Rural America

Conclusions from Black Friday

Conclusions from Black Friday
Please Rate This Article

knivesI like to take situations where people interact, watch how the people interact and then I make notes. As the level of stress goes up, the worse people seem to interact. A good example is Black Friday. For those of you who do not know what Black Friday is – its the day after Thanksgiving when retailers offer some great specials. The companies offer specials to get people into the store. Hopefully the people will buy more then just whats on sale. These specials offer people a chance to snatch up some great deals. Considering the current economic times, there are a lot of people looking for whatever deals they can find.

Here at the local wal-mart, a couple of people got in a fight over some towels – 1 person was arrested and 1 person went to the hospital.

What can you “really” say about a society where people fight over towels that cost $1.33.

For the most part things went well at the local stores – some people got upset that there were not enough items for everyone. The local wal-mart had some Emachine laptops for $198. My daughter and I got in line around 11:15pm – the sale started at 5am.

People were showing up anywhere from 3am – 5am wanting to get in line for the laptops. One guy and his wife got there around 4am, saw the line was established and all of the vouchers for the laptops had been handed out.  From there the husband got rather upset, got a manager over to the line and got a little loud.  The manager said there was nothing he could do, that the people in line were there before he was.

There seemed to be 4 types of people:

Group 1 – Willing to fight over the smallest items.  This is the group that bothers me the most.  These are the people that are willing to infect physical violence to get what they want.  We are not talking about fighting over food during some kind of long term disaster, we are talking about people fighting over towels that cost $1.33.

If the people of group 1 are willing to inflict physical violence over small value items, what are the people of this group capable of during a disaster?  If their willing to fight over an item that cost $1.33, are they willing to kill over an item that cost $5?

Group 2 – Get there early, establish your place in line and wait.  I would consider this an orderly group and abides by the rules and laws of the land.

Group 3 – Get there late, and complain that people are ahead of them.  I would consider this a group of trouble makers.  The problem comes in when people from the violent group 1 and group 3 are 1 in the same.  Where the people of group 1 can show up at anytime – early or late, people of group 3 show up late.  These are the people that fail to size up the situation, fail to plan, and then get mad at others for their own failures.

Group 4 – the people that shop online and stay away from stressful situations with the public.  After some kind of disaster, these are the people who pull from their own resources and will not have to stand in line for food handouts.

To me, this provides examples of types of people that we might see in some kind of disaster. The 2 groups that I worry about are the ones that are willing to inflict physical harm for access to the smallest items. And the group of people that get there late, and are angry that they missed they failed to plan ahead.

Post your comments in this forum thread about Black Friday rushes.

Related Post

Communal cooking post disaster Some type of disaster has rolled through - lets say there has been a hurricane, the power has been knocked out and its going to be off for a week or s...
Will you stand up If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. I stand up for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the right of everyone, ...
What are marketable life skills Lets talk marketable life skills. To make money you either need to produce a product, or provide a service. Who are you going to produce the pro...
The fridge went out The fridge my wife and I use to keep our food cold stopped working last night.  Yesterday my wife noticed that the freezer did not seem as cold as usu...
Plague of the early 21st century I think I finally figured out what the plague of the early 21st century is.  Its not swine flu, bird flu, or even Yersinia pestis (the Black Death/Bub...
The following two tabs change content below.
Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
Kevin Felts © 2008 - 2018