What’s Up With Black Friday?

Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. We spent the day with family. It was one of those rare occasions when our entire clan was able to gather together. We were blessed that our daughter and family drove in from California for the holiday!

The day after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday.” It’s the day that merchants mark as the tipping point for profit.

I’ll state up front that I NEVER shop on Black Friday. To me, the savings are NOT worth the hassle of large unruly crowds.

Although, in years past my husband has been known to get up early to stand in long lines for electronic equipment. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that.

Who knew a waffle iron would be this year’s hottest Black Friday item? Seems Walmart’s advertised $3 waffle iron was the most sought after Black Friday advertised special. People were trampled, pepper sprayed and bitten while trying to cash in on deals.

Some of Wallmart’s Incidents:
Police are calling the pepper spray attack at a California Walmart an episode of “shopping rage,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Just 10 minutes after the retailer began it’s Black Friday sale.

Police used a stun gun to subdue Walmart shopper Brian Shellnutt in Milford, Conn., after he allegedly hit another shopper in a Thursday night fight while waiting to buy video games. Shellnutt, 26, faces assault and other charges.

Thursday night, a woman at a Porter Ranch store allegedly pepper sprayed fellow shoppers in an attempt to get more “door buster” merchandise, reports the paper. At least 20 people, including children, were hurt.

Troublesome Black Friday
What’s up with this bizarre urban war zone? What does this have to do with my blogging about food? If you’ve read my blogs for any length of time, you know I am a strong supporter of a well-stocked pantry. (Read on. This will correlate. My next point ties it all together.)

Coconut Water and Waffle Irons
Recently coconut water was an advertised special at King Soopers, a local grocery chain. I drink coconut water daily, so I wanted to stock up. The normal price is $2.49 for 17.5 ounces. The sale price was $5 for three cans. That amounts to one free can with the purchase of two. A good deal for sure.

I went into the store and found coconut water was placed on the top shelf, which I couldn’t reach. I asked a store employee to retrieve the cans for me. There were only six cans on the shelf. I then asked that he go to the back of the store and bring me out a case. Sorry Charlie, all that the store had was already on the shelf! Mind you there were only 6 cans available. Remember this was a SALE item! (I was able to request cases and they arrived in a week.)

Now what do you think might happen to the grocery store shelves if service is interrupted? The shelves will become bare in hours. If people will trample, pepper spray and bite others to save a few dollars on a waffle iron, what do you think will happen when our food supply is limited and the food on grocery store shelve sparse?

There’s a way to circumvent unruly crowds in an emergency. That’s to have a well-stocked pantry, so you don’t have to go out in the first place. You’ll be able to wait out the crisis. (Go to Stretch Grocery $$$ for more blogs about a well-stocked pantry.)

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