|Where are your piggy-bank savings going this holiday season?|
You and your piggy-bank savings
money are being persuaded to part company by big business unethically --yet again but with holidays coming on, that would be nothing new.
How about losing your very life, your self-respect, your human dignity and conscience?
Black Friday, the contagious disease of retail greed from south of the border is showing up in Canadian retail centers.
The symtoms of Black Friday disease are those of unheralded insanity which include veritable stampedes of insane, greedy shoppers, laughing greedy retailers, and inevitably, trampled people, scores of innocent people being hurt, violence, gun play, and even death.
Has corporate ethics have reached a new all-time low? Is it now considered 'good business' to promote total shopping madness, hand-to-hand combat on the retail floor, and idiocy--all in the name of corporate profit?
How did "Thanksgiving", a time for family, reflection and above all, Giving Thanks, ever turn into such an ugly, greedy, and dangerous retailing event?
A retail sales event is "just a sale"? No longer.
On Black Friday last year in the Land of the Free there were shootings. A man was killed, stomped to death by an enraged herd of greedy, lunatic shoppers out of control on corporate advertising steroids.
Where does the madness end? Apparently not at the Canadian border.
Canadian retailers are quickly adapting the same greedy, mindless and idiotic marketing strategy.
What is that underlying marketing "strategy"? Simple greed, greedier, and greediest, not necessarily in that order.
" Promote lack of logic, promote lack of thought. Generate maximum retail hype and excitement. Get the shoppers lined up like dumb cattle with endless expectations to be fulfilled or not,-- and push sales and profit while the getting is good, no matter what the human cost."
In 2011 it quickly became apparent the corporate sector promoting this disastrous retailing practice learned nothing from the death and mayhem observed in 2010. The problem became worse.
This year, a man in Virginia was walked over by shoppers as he died. Shoppers walked around, and over him. Nobody bothered to help, they were busy shopping on Black Friday.
A grandfather trying to rescue his small grandson from being trampled in the madness of an opening stampede was put down, bludgeoned and bloody by a security guard. On Black Friday.
There were shots fired in other incidents. On Black Friday.
A certified madwoman shopper used pepper spray on some 20 other customers to 'gain advantage to 'get there first, grab the most, whether it was a 72" flat-screen television, a package of a dozen disposable diapers, a coloring-book, or a handful of junk jewellery. On Black Friday.
Was her vicious attack on others to gain "50% off" ? No matter. What she was 'getting first' or the 'discount' isn't the issue. As a 'shopper', encouraged by Black Friday madness and incited by corporate greed, she deemed it 'necessary' to use pepper spray on other shoppers that were equally insane, trying to 'get the deals' first.
Death and mayhem. It happened again on this Black Friday.
People were hurt. The question must be: What is the matter with these people? Where does this idiocy end?
When will retailers take responsibility and curtail the dangerous practice of encouraging the mob mentality and 'racing to the counter' openings?
Criminal charges should be filed, but will they be? Not likely. It was, after all, Black Friday, time to persuade people to 'shop' like idiot fools and help Corporate North America make more profit.
HERE at Incoming Bytes we would like people to shake their collective heads and start thinking for themselves. There can be no excuse for people to give up their dignity, respect for others, sense of humanity, or their lives for a "good" deal, Black Friday retail scam or not.
As for business and the retailing set? Shame on them.
that's my story and I'm sticking to it