Holiday Shopping: The Dark Side

By Kelly McCool, Trending Writer

Whenever the winter season draws near, one can bet that the holiday sales are right around the corner. After the stresses that come with preparing for a Thanksgiving meal, the Black Friday shopping comes in full swing. From Black Friday and up until Christmas, all of the stores that one could imagine are filled with exciting sale prices. However great it might feel to get all of the shopping for loved ones completed at a lower price, there are many reasons for which people need to be careful when they are shopping at this time of year. One reason for this is that there are many dangers when it comes to shopping at this time of year. With everyone rushing around and fighting others in their pursuit of trying to get the best possible prices for their items, there is bound to be a few mishaps along the way.

One particular instance happened in a Wal-Mart two years ago. It was a Black Friday and the store was set to open at five o’clock in the morning. Before the store opened, there was a massive crowd of people impatiently waiting to get into the store and begin their day of hardcore shopping. When one of the employees opened the door, the mob of people stampeded into the building and crushed the poor man to death. This is one of the more-extreme cases of what can happen during the holiday shopping season, but there are also a great number of other instances where individuals end up injured due to the ridiculousness of some people’s actions. Every year during the holiday sale season, dozens of people leave the stores with bruises, broken bones, and even concussions.

When so many people are willingly able to put their own safety and the safety of other people at risk, something needs to be said and done about it. It is especially troubling when the reason why people are acting this way is to get an item for a slightly lower price than they could have gotten it a few days beforehand. Though it is great to be able to get all of one’s holiday shopping completed early on and end up spending less money, it is important to make sure that one is always putting safety first. If going shopping within the next few weeks, think clearly about the stores your list and make sure to always be on alert for any dangerous situations that may arise during the trip.


A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, December 12th print edition.

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