So while I like to shop, there are some things I will just not do. Regardless of how great the deals are, I refuse to go out on Black Friday. I realize that by not doing so I may end up paying a little more for a potential gift for someone, but there is a risk/reward factor involved here. And I am not putting myself at risk to shop with a pack of hooligans simply to save a couple of shekels on a present. We have all heard the horror stories, people being trampled on just to get to that item that is on sale. This year was no different, people were camped out in front of stores days before Black Friday, almost like they were waiting for concert tickets for an act that rarely tours, rather than for an Xbox that they can get someplace else in a couple of days for a few dollars more.
Just this weekend we had stories of a woman who, instead of whipping out a can of whoop ass, instead decided to fire off a can of pepper spray in a crowd, just to guarantee that she got one of the elusive sale items. Or the guys that waited outside a WalMart at 2am on Friday morning, just so they could rob people who were coming back to their cars, shooting one such customer before being apprehended. When people ask me if I will be shopping on that day I just look at them and ask, are you fucking crazy? I would rather being a guard at a high security prison, it would be safer.
So if you were looking for me to get you that special gift on Friday, that laptop that was on sale, or that TV you always wanted, I hate to break it to you, but you are going to be disappointed.