Sunday, 30 November 2008

Schwarzer Freitag samt
gebräuchlicher Schnäppchenjagd

With so much in the press about violence in the city some still refer to as Bombay, I thought I'd shift my focus away - continently if not culturally - to the glory of the official commercial start to the holiday season. The name given to this day being the same as the title of a film about similar events in the aforementioned city before its name change is merely coincidental, so should not be seen as the peddling of synchronicity - unless you consider this link a connection.

The busiest American shopping day of the year has brought tidings of mayhem. Stories from places with names including Desert Palms, Green Acres, and Valley Stream featured the death of a Wal-Mart employee caused by yet another stampede for idiot boxes, and a shootout resulting in the demise of both shooters - though in the latter case, which took place in the middle of a crowded toy store, "...authorities indicated the shooting wasn't related to a shopping frenzy."

This would seem to lend a modicum of credence to the Toys "R" Us press release:
Our understanding is that this act seems to have been the result of a personal dispute between the individuals involved. Therefore, it would be inaccurate to associate the events of today with Black Friday.
It would seem to be inaccurate, anyway. If the comic value of that statement isn't enough, the following interpretation by the AP's Gillian Flaccus, who filed the toy story, tickles at least a little bit:
Toys "R" Us issued a statement expressing outrage over the violence.
Now, I have taken note of such an event that occurred here in Berlin - lest someone think that I'm picking on Americans - though this time, the day after Thanksgiving aspect does make this uniquely Yank.

My guess is nobody here is looking for quick photos; a digital camera maybe.

To keep them coming back...

Got butterflies yet?

And they're off!

Open season!

The Market Floor: Boom amidst Bust

Ode to Joy!

That which we hold most dear:

Overcrowded prisons on wheels

"We're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Move along, nothing to see here."

by Brecker/Fagen