Do you shop Black Friday sales in person at the store? Have you gotten into any good brawls there? Apparently, you can be a youtube star if you snatch a product away from a little kid, choke a nearby customer and/or act obnoxiously or dangerously. Some of these "Black Friday" videos show security being entirely overwhelmed by stampeding hordes of customers.
I don't go out of my way to watch the videos, but occasionally a friend or a news source will post a picture and a link about them. What little I've seen makes me glad I just stay home. Maybe a little Amazon. My computer email inbox goes just nuts. There is enough stuff "out there" that one could probably find a decent bargain, if not a ridiculous bargain.
Do we all need ridiculous bargains?
Washington Post says that these videos are nothing but wealthy people being entertained at the expense of the poor. I disagree. I think it's just like any other news video. You need to keep it in context and remember not everyone is like that. Though I have no doubt Black Friday is just a crazy time. No bargain is worth losing your cool over like that. We're not starving and snatching food packets here. Actually? I've seen news clips of starving people grabbing for food packets and they're more orderly.
The paper also states that plenty of people like to make racist comments about the videos, comparing shoppers to animals and that sort of thing. I'm sure many comments are, in fact, racist, what with the internet being what it is and all. But animals come in all colours and sizes judging from what little I've seen.
At the same time, what you don't see on these videos are the people who hop into the store, find a bargain or don't find a bargain, and exit the store without causing a commotion. Yeah, videos like that just don't go viral. Could you imagine my making a video titled, "Buying Frozen Peas at the Grocery" and getting over 50 million views?