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Black Friday


Shoppers go crazy on Black Friday, 2010

Wal-Mart Worker Killed in Store Opening Stampede

The day after Thanksgiving in the United States - the 4th Friday in November - has become the traditional starting date for the Christmas shopping season in the U.S. and Canada, marked by promotional sales by major retailers attracting throngs of eager shoppers at early hours seeking the best deals before supplies run out.

Originally used to describe stock market crashes, the term "Black Friday" was first associated with Thanksgiving in the 1960s, referring to the heavy traffic that followed Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia.  But it wasn't until the 1990s that Black Friday began to be widely used as a reference to post-Thanksgiving sales, indicating a day when the retailers went "into the black" and started turning a profit.


The idea that Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving has been promoted by retailers and local communities for more than a century with parades like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and the Toronto Santa Claus Parade that concluded with the appearance of Santa Claus.

It was an unwritten rule among department stores that Christmas advertising would not begin until the parade was over.

Black Friday Brutality

Large crowds of shoppers competing  for bargain-priced goods have caused numerous injuries and even deaths during Black Friday sales.



At a Long Island Wal-Mart in 2008, a 34-year-old temporary  worker was trampled to death on Long Island as an estimated 2,000 people raced to snag sale items when the doors opened (or were smashed) at 5 a.m. The worker died of asphyxiation.

In 2005, at a Wal-Mart in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a pregnant woman had to be taken to
the hospital after being knocked down by fellow shoppers.


Ranker has compiled a video list of the 13 Most Brutal Black Friday Injuries/Deaths, including a 2008 shootout in a Palm Desert, California toys R Us that left two fathers dead, an elderly woman being trampled and hospitalized during the frenzy that ensued when gift certificates were dropped on a crowd from the celing of a mall in Torrance, California, and a 73-year-old woman being knocked down and back-stepped on again and again by Florida BrandSmart shoppers pushing their way into the store as it opened.






 


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