posted on Nov, 28 2009 @ 08:47 AM
I will start by saying that for the past 5 years or so I get up in the middle of the night and several of us head out shopping trying to stretch our
pitiful Christmas budgets.
I have NEVER seen anything like yesterday.
We get there early so we have a chance at filling our lists. This year TRU opened at midnight rather than 5am. We arrived at 10pm and there were
probably 30 people ahead of us. By midnight the line to enter the tiny store was easily a mile long. About 40 people decided to rush the doors at
opening and a fight broke out just behind us between the door crashers and the early birds. It was so crowded inside you were in a deadlock, your
only option was to have someone hold your cart while another snaked between people to try to get the items and bring them back to the "cartwatcher".
At 3am we were nowhere near the checkout, so I was left behind as others went to the other stores. At Sears there were about 200 people at each
entrance. I finally exited the TRU at 4:15 and headed to Kohl's. The entire lot was full and people were parking in the grass. We put my nephew in
the checkout line while we shopped so we got through there pretty quick in spite of the craziness. WalMart had not a single cart left when we got
there and we had to carry everything. There were 4 of us and we all survived, but I felt really bad for people who were alone.
I know the news has been drumming the failing economy drum, but until yesterday I guess I didn't realize the level of desperation that is out there.
There are always crowds at these sales, but this year was at least 5 times worse. Plus, there were people pushing and fighting. It scares me to
think what a bread line would look like if people were actually hungry.
Then I get home to see that the market is tanking because Dubai is bankrupt and wonder what this is all headed to.