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Store Riots for Crap No One Really Needs

A video about how insane people get when they get a discount at a product.
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CrushBugsays...

That's right. I killed a man. Ripped the hair off some woman, but dammit I saved 20 bucks off a toaster!

Deadrisenmortalsays...

Is this what capitalism gets you?

The consumer reality...
Real wages have been frozen since the 70s, consumer debt and home foreclosures are at an all time high, and more than 10% of the population is unemployed.

The corporate reality...
Profits have never been higher, more money is spent on advertising than is donated to charities, executive bonuses are in the billions annually.

All of this is clearly evident and still people are more worried about getting $20 off an XBox than they are about the wellbeing of the people around them. We are being sold a lie, materialism is not what benefits the general population, community is what we are missing these days.

notarobotsays...

Is it some weird sort of *evolution of capitalism in culture, or is it *money, perhaps, that motivates people to act like this?

I'm a salesman in an electronics store. We specialize in cameras. My well-being depends on strong traffic. For every dollar I make the company probably makes 10--if not more. I need those dollars, but I would never want to see a rush of people behaving like this in my store.

>> ^Deadrisenmortal:

Is this what capitalism gets you?
The consumer reality...
Real wages have been frozen since the 70s, consumer debt and home foreclosures are at an all time high, and more than 10% of the population is unemployed.
The corporate reality...
Profits have never been higher, more money is spent on advertising than is donated to charities, executive bonuses are in the billions annually.
All of this is clearly evident and still people are more worried about getting $20 off an XBox than they are about the wellbeing of the people around them. We are being sold a lie, materialism is not what benefits the general population, community is what we are missing these days.

bamdrewsays...

So I like to celebrate the season by shoving strangers... not like thats illegal or nothing...

Mikus_Aureliussays...

Wage growth in this country is hosed for another generation while the developing world catches up. We've only had the illusion of prosperity for the last 30 years as private and public debt have spiraled out of control to sustain increased consumer buying power. Yet any leader who suggests that we turn off the spigot and let our standard of living readjust gets tarred and feathered. My question is: do we really need all this plastic shit to be happy? Obviously these people think so.

>> ^Deadrisenmortal:

Is this what capitalism gets you?
The consumer reality...
Real wages have been frozen since the 70s, consumer debt and home foreclosures are at an all time high, and more than 10% of the population is unemployed.
The corporate reality...
Profits have never been higher, more money is spent on advertising than is donated to charities, executive bonuses are in the billions annually.
All of this is clearly evident and still people are more worried about getting $20 off an XBox than they are about the wellbeing of the people around them. We are being sold a lie, materialism is not what benefits the general population, community is what we are missing these days.

shogunkaisays...

Fucking people (was going to say retards, but that would give retards a bad rep)... watching this makes me feel sorry for humanity. If I owned a store I would just not let anyone in if they weren't lined up and let in a few at a time. It's partly the stores fault, for just opening the doors with how many thousands of people waiting to get in. If you were there first you should get in first.

skinnydaddy1says...

You know. I'm rather happy to see this. Honestly, what would you rather see? Riots and fights for crap we really don't need or Riots and fights for things we really need? (I.E. Food, Water)
Anyone remember the pictures of the stores in the Soviet Union before it all fell apart? empty shelves. People standing in line for hours for bread or meat and even just toilet paper. There is one interview I will always remember. Some lady on a street in Moscow said if your walk along and you see a line of people you get in it. It did not matter if you knew what the line was for or not. If people where in line then it was something you needed.
So our economy is not that good right now. So? It could be so much worse. and really if you went and talked to some of the people in this video about what happened you would hear how they can't believe they did that or how could this of happened but it started a few mins earler with the crowd pressing and people yelling and then boom everything happened so fast.
Individually people can be smart, thoughtful and caring. Groups on the other hand will have the collective IQ drop to the dumbest idiot there and may with time even drop below that.
heh And I do not think there will ever be something that would top the Cabbage Patch Kids riots of 83.

Reefiesays...

If Black Friday ever makes its way over to the UK with that level of craziness then I'm emigrating!

mgittlesays...

I'm going to open a store. Then on Black Friday, I'm going to offer CRAZY GOOD deals to get hysterical people to line up. When I open my doors and everyone rushes in, that's when I reveal that the entire store is really a rocket ship that launches and flies directly into the sun.

Deadrisenmortalsays...

BRAVO!

>> ^mgittle:

I'm going to open a store. Then on Black Friday, I'm going to offer CRAZY GOOD deals to get hysterical people to line up. When I open my doors and everyone rushes in, that's when I reveal that the entire store is really a rocket ship that launches and flies directly into the sun.

quantumushroomsays...

Yeah, capitalism has a dark side. So what? As a system it's lifted more people out of poverty than any other, AND is also the most charitable. Beats the hell out of food riots and forced labor camps.


>> ^Deadrisenmortal:

Is this what capitalism gets you?
The consumer reality...
Real wages have been frozen since the 70s, consumer debt and home foreclosures are at an all time high, and more than 10% of the population is unemployed.
The corporate reality...
Profits have never been higher, more money is spent on advertising than is donated to charities, executive bonuses are in the billions annually.
All of this is clearly evident and still people are more worried about getting $20 off an XBox than they are about the wellbeing of the people around them. We are being sold a lie, materialism is not what benefits the general population, community is what we are missing these days.

Samaelsmithsays...

>> ^paganif1:

tell me someone saw the woman at 2:18 put her hair back on post fall


Yep. And she stayed on the ground and risked getting trampled while doing it.
I guess she had to preserve her dignity.

MarineGunrocksays...

Everyone running or breaking through those doors should be shot. Shoulda just gassed the whole place. The clothing store...wtf? Women weren't even looking - just grabbing shit off the rack.

nanrodsays...

The funniest thing (if you can call it that) about any of these is that if you take the average persons savings on whatever goods they're scrambling to get and divide them by the hours they spent in the cold and rain, you'll find they made the equivalent of less than minimum wage.

Deanosays...

Obviously this is the cream of moronity on display but it's still hard to see why they would put themselves through this crap. Are the deals that amazing?
I just prefer to click to get my stuff delivered the next day. Much more civilised.

pavel_onesays...

>> ^Deadrisenmortal:

Is this what capitalism gets you?
The consumer reality...
Real wages have been frozen since the 70s, consumer debt and home foreclosures are at an all time high, and more than 10% of the population is unemployed.
The corporate reality...
Profits have never been higher, more money is spent on advertising than is donated to charities, executive bonuses are in the billions annually.
All of this is clearly evident and still people are more worried about getting $20 off an XBox than they are about the wellbeing of the people around them. We are being sold a lie, materialism is not what benefits the general population, community is what we are missing these days.


You go Chairman Karl Ilyich Stalin! See how far that gets ya.

Grimmsays...

I love how some people are trying to put a positive spin on this "at least they aren't rioting for food and water". Shouldn't you look at this as EXACTLY the reason they shouldn't be rioting?

punishersays...

>> ^mgittle:
I'm going to open a store. Then on Black Friday, I'm going to offer CRAZY GOOD deals to get hysterical people to line up. When I open my doors and everyone rushes in, that's when I reveal that the entire store is really a rocket ship that launches and flies directly into the sun.


I approve....

Another, slighly more possible solution... Large warehouse type store... Open doors remotely and.... store is completely empty.... no employees, shelves or anything, just 4 steel walls..... close gate behind everyone and don't open it until every other BF sale is over....
For added fun, hide 1 80" HDTV in the store for $10... Sell live feed on Internet and make money back....

Anyhow, I blame the stores for a lot of this as well... Sure, the first time it happened, who could know, but by now it should be expected... Only let 20 people in at a time.. Have police in riot gear with gas standing by... Any madness, lockdown store and end sale....

Deadrisenmortalsays...

You know what, I agree with you completely. My family has benefited tremendously in a democratic, capitalistic environment and I would never trade it for any other system in the world. But (there is always a but) I think that, like everything else, we have the capacity to abuse our rights and freedoms. Can you not honestly say that a large number of people have had their priorities perverted by the corporate worlds desire (nay need) to retrieve every dollar that is paid out (plus 10) by trying to convince consumers that they need all the non-essential junk and services that they offer? Don't get me wrong I am just as much a part of the problem but I have the nagging, guilty pain of self awareness that does not allow me to turn a blind eye to it. I would just love to see us get the remaining "ugly" out of the system and have something that we can look at and be truly proud of.

>> ^quantumushroom:

Yeah, capitalism has a dark side. So what? As a system it's lifted more people out of poverty than any other, AND is also the most charitable. Beats the hell out of food riots and forced labor camps.

juliovega914says...

I love how this has become part of our culture.

I have an idea. Lets have a black friday opening at a psych ward disguised as a Macys...

mgittlesays...

>> ^juliovega914:

I love how this has become part of our culture.
I have an idea. Lets have a black friday opening at a psych ward disguised as a Macys...


I like my rocketship into the sun idea better.

pho3n1xsays...

i don't understand the problem. if they can get people to line up every year for what essentially amounts to an all-you-can-drink beer buffet, then you should be able to get people to stand in line for shit.

no one gets trampled when the line starts moving for beer.

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