'When Black Friday Comes...'
...Sometimes it arrives on a Saturday in October; "Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch," Shreveport, Louisiana CBS affiliate KSLA reports:
Springhill [Louisiana] Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, “It was worse than any black Friday” that he’s ever seen.
Lynd explained the cards weren’t showing limits and they called corporate Walmart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Walmart said they wouldn’t press charges if she left the food.
Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left.
“Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller.
As Steve Green writes (and I hope he doesn't mind me borrowing his Steely Dan-inspired headline), "Socialized shopping at Walmart turned into a shelf-clearing disaster area. Now they’re bringing it to health care, too."
But does Walmart, which during the mid-naughts hired a "Progressive" former senior aide to Al Gore to lead their ultimately futile shift into "green" upscale products, consider this latest, disastrous example of socialism run amok as a bug or a feature?'
Related: Meanwhile, in sunny, mellow Los Angeles, "'They had better resolve something because if it stays like this there is gonna be a [sic] uproar in the city of L.A.,' one public assistance layabout intoned. When asked to elaborate, he responded, 'A Rodney King, baby.'"
Oh, and speaking of the real Black Friday, "Macy’s puts final nail into Thanksgiving," Kyle Smith writes at the New York Post this weekend, opening Thanksgiving Day to take in throngs of fevered early Christmas shoppers. As Kyle writes, "we might as well rethink the sacred traditional holiday family gathering. How about we all just down a quick Egg McMuffin in the car on the way to the stores?"
Update: At the Corner, Andrew Johnson has a post filled with photos and videos of the Louisiana mayhem.