Jacked articles by Pat Darnell | Nov 29, 2013 | Bryan TX
[Pictured LINK] Pope blesses crowd at Wal-Mart, Vatican City Location, at dawn today after being hoisted up on shoulders of eager store patrons.
Black Friday Horror Stories - Business Insider: "4. Grandmas started dueling over a RadioShack calculator. "One of the sale items was a $10 calculator marked down to $5. Two sweet, elderly women came in to the store looking for them. When I told them there was only one left in the display, it was on," writes Jsquaw.
"The one grandma who lost the race called the other one horrible names as she was standing in the checkout line, gripping her $5 prize.""
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We live in a college town. Bryan TX is sister city with College Station TX where Texas A and M is located. There are other colleges around here too, like Blinn, and A and M Consolidated... etc.
I was talking just now with my youngest son, 17, about the news that a Wal-Mart employee was trampled when doors opened at 6AM this morning. This happened in Delaware, or, as reported HERE. I mentioned to my son that we live in a place, Bryan, where that sort of thing won't happen for many years. He said, "I bet there is a death here next year [Black Friday, 2014]."
I chuckled, but then started thinking about it, and thus this post is written. Black Friday is enigmatic, and now dangerous. On most Wal-Mart walls, written in Sharpie on poster board, taped to the blue bricks, is the sign "BLITZ starts HERE" with arrow pointing to entrance.
I then explained to youngest son, "Do you know where the word Blitz comes from?" His eyes glazed over as he prepared himself for one of my miserable anecdotes.
"No, Dad," he replied.
So I gave the talk about how Nazi Germany developed a method of warfare called the Blitzkrieg, and that this word has been co-opt'd to the abbreviation "Blitz" which American football has made it a term describing a type of defensive-turned-offensive maneuver ... and now Wal-Mart uses the word for its Black Friday rush by mobs of shoppers at its stores in early hours on Black Friday.
This hour I found this LINK in my gmail, from ChristianBook.com, along with 66 updates concerning Black Friday Week Deals and sales online. In Christian circles I always thought Black Friday was the day remembered for when Christ was crucified.
Why would anyone go to a dangerous Blitz opening at a store, when one could stay at his laptop and shop all the same stuff Online?
MORAL OF THIS STORY
A good Defense is having a good Offense. Or, good news is free advertising: bad news is free advertising.
[German : Blitz, lightning (from Middle High German blitze, from bliczen, to flash, from Old High German blekkazzen; seebhel-1 in Indo-European roots) + Krieg, war (from Middle High German kriec, from Old High German krg, stubbornness; see gwer-1 in Indo-European roots).]
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