It tells you that Christmas isn’t the holiday of peace and goodwill anymore.
The story is true. Elizabeth Macias, 32, said shoppers attacked her two teen children, forcing her to fire pepper spray into the crowd on Black Friday. After a spraying that affected at least 20 shoppers, including children, Macias left the store.
Mind you, this is Christmas.
The whole thing is crazy to me — from the frenzy of shoppers trying to grab cheap video game consoles and DVD players to people carrying pepper spray to shopping malls. What happened to the holiday season of giving and sharing and abiding the laws?
I had wanted to avoid Black Friday while vacationing in Chicago this year. I recalled stories about shoppers get trampled, pushed, shoved, punched, kicked. That wasn’t on my Christmas to-do list. So instead of walking down the shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue on Friday, we headed there the day before.
This year retailers decided to jump on the for-profit season by opening on Thursday. Never mind that it’s Thanksgiving and some people — namely, the workers who have to come in and work — may want to spend it with their families and friends.
What’s happened to Christmas? It’s my favorite holiday, specifically because it’s joyful and festive and, well, it smells good. But now it’s turned sour, thanks to all this greed and desperation and selfishness.
It actually makes me sad.
While I used to love walking around the malls, admiring the store displays and enjoying the Christmas music played in every store, now I avoid it, expecting only stressed shoppers and annoyed sales associates — everyone there as sort of an obligation.
Thank God for online. Otherwise, no one would get gifts from me this year.
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Price: $30 online or at pet boutiques such as Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square
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