This shot was taken about 10:30PM at Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart
After a couple hours out in the crowds I am back at the safety of my desk. Video game systems, DVD & Blu-Ray discs, cheap computers, tablets, and TV's are at the top of everyone's Black Friday list.
I have to report that Wal-Mart was unorganized, unsafe, and downright crazy. I have never witnessed that many people in one store on a Black Friday before. So many people that it was unsafe...taking me 37 minutes to travel halfway across the store without a cart or merchandise! There was no clear way to figure out how or where to get in a checkout line. The Cape Girardeau PD was on hand to help sort out who got to go next in line. (Yes I witnessed an officer settle a line dispute) If there would have been a fire or emergency it would have been a bad situation.
Target and Toys R Us were much more controlled and organized. I do realize that they were closed before the rush and Wal-Mart is open 24/7, but surely they could have thought things through better beforehand. (The world's largest retailer surely has some smart cookies at the home office to plan these things.) Target was letting 30 people at a time into the store to control the traffic, plus had lines on the floor for checkout flow.
So take my advice and wait till the smoke clears to shop the big boys or better yet find a local business to shop with this weekend. Online special for the Black Friday weekend are being offered by all the major players as well. Best Buy, Sears, Hastings, and even AT&T have online only specials so you can shop from your easy chair. After tonights near death experience I certainly know how I'm going to finish my shopping.
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