It wouldn't be Black Friday without a police blotter. Lesson learned: Beware Wal-Mart.
Cops in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville shot a suspect in a Kohl's parking lot full of shoppers, WLS-TV reports. This was after 10 p.m. on U.S. Thanksgiving Thursday. Police chased a man running from the store, the ABC affiliate says. Officer jumped into the suspect's car and got dragged and another officer fired three or four shots toward the driver. The car finally stopped, the suspect hit in the shoulder. No details on what merchandise was involved. Nor were shoppers deterred, the Chicago Tribune reports.
A shopper who snared a big screen TV at a Target in Las Vegas
Thursday night dropped it when someone fired a warning shot at him, police told 8 News Now. When he struggled with the gunman trying to make off with the TV, he was shot a second time and ended up in hospital.
In northern New Jersey, police pepper-sprayed a shopper who allegedly tried to attack an officer trying to break up an argument over a TV in a Wal-Mart Thanksgiving evening, the Star-Ledger in Newark reports. Richard Ramos, 23, was taken to Bergen County prison in default of bail.
At a Wal-Mart in Virginia, a man's arm was "sliced to the bone," police told WVVA-TV, an NBC affiliate, in an argument over a parking space Thursday evening. The victim was treated and released in hospital. The suspect was released on $5,000 bond.
Another Wal-Mart, another brawl, another Thanksgiving evening. This one is San Bernardino County in California. Channel 4, the local NBC affiliate, quotes police as saying three people started pushing, shoving and swinging; two were arrested and an officer was slightly injured.
In Knoxville, Tennessee, police tackled an impatient Wal-Mart shopper with a weapon Thursday evening. The suspect was demanding to get in early. WATE-TV said mysteriously that the suspect "experienced a medical issue and was taken to an area hospital. No charges have been filed." Blackfridayitis, perhaps.
Store managers at a Wal-Mart in Upland, Long Island, shut their doors for two hours Friday morning when "customers began tearing into merchandise" that was wrapped up and not supposed to be on sale until 5 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reports. The belligerent shoppers were evicted, everybody's carts were emptied and Black Friday warriors sent to wait it out in the parking lot. Even then, the crowd started yelling and banging on the doors and trying to sneak in through the garden section,
Okay. I see this come up from time to time and it make me cringe. Part of the reason we pay more for stuff has to do with scale of economy. We just don't have the population density that helps drive down all the costs of manufacturing and distributing products.Whatever. Canadians are just as much as animals, the only difference is, that we are in our cars. Eg. 400 Cottage cuntry traffic.
Also, us Canadians are too docile.
Why the fuck are still paying more for everything?
Agreed 100%That said, i still feel like North America is getting screwed after living in Europe for a couple months. Even in expensive cities groceries are much more affordable. Electronics and cars and other luxury items are more expensive, but if you are living on a shoestring at least you can eat well here, which is key to maintaining your health and ability to work.
there are many factors but the big one is scale.Why are things cheaper in Buttfuck, Idaho than in Toronto, or Windsor, or Vancouver, all of which are much closer to major US cities? If there was a proper free trade agreement people living in border cities wouldn't feel as screwed when they drive an hour south and see the difference in prices.
That said, i still feel like North America is getting screwed after living in Europe for a couple months. Even in expensive cities groceries are much more affordable. Electronics and cars and other luxury items are more expensive, but if you are living on a shoestring at least you can eat well here, which is key to maintaining your health and ability to work.