Black Friday: Money and Violence

Now that the holiday shopping season has started, retailers are beginning to get excited by the big crowds and the big spenders.

According to ShopperTrak, a provider of retail and mall foot-traffic counting, Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent this year from last year. This source also shows that $11.4 billion in purchases were made this year, which is the largest dollar amount ever spent during the day.

Although this day was booming for businesses, it was violent and scary for crowds. At a Walmart in Los Angeles that opened at 10 p.m., a woman used pepper spray on at least 20 customers, including children, to keep them away from the discounted electronics she planned to buy.

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, gunshots were fired near the food court of a local mall at 2 a.m. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

In Kissimmee, Florida, two men fought at a Walmart jewelry counter. One of them had to be dragged away by the police.

Incidents like so occurred all around the country. Everyone was after the same thing: crazy people wanting to pay less for gifts.

Personally, I feel disgusted that Black Friday violence is an annual occurrence. I am even more disgusted that the actual number of injuries this year is higher than last year, and I fear the injuries will continuously rise every Black Friday.