November 27, 2009

I'll Stick to Cyberstores

I've posted before, and I'll post it again. I hate shopping. I hate it with a vengeance. The parking, the lines, rude people, items being out of stock, etc. When Black Friday rolls around, I lock myself up in the house and cruise the 'net. Ain't no way I will go shopping on this day. The following being one of the reasons. (Why does this shit seem to only happen at WalMart!?):

Originally posted here

Black Friday: Wal-Mart in Upland temporarily closes after 'fighting inside'

November 27, 2009 | 10:34 am

Black Friday brought out the rowdy side of Wal-Mart shoppers early this morning when the Upland location shut down for more than two hours after customers caused a ruckus inside.

Store management called Upland police at 2:44 a.m., asking for assistance in dealing with customers who were “fighting inside,” said Lt. Jim Etchason.

About 300 people were in the store, which had remained open all night as a security precaution after a Wal-Mart worker on Long Island, N.Y., was trampled to death last year on Black Friday when a surging, impatient crowd rushed the doors after the store opened.

But in Upland, employees said, customers began tearing into merchandise that had been shrink-wrapped and were supposed to be opened at 5 a.m.

“This was without a doubt the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said one employee, who said she has worked a dozen Black Fridays.

“They wouldn’t let people line up,” she added. “They were belligerent. They just bombarded the store.”

Several officers were sent and stood by as shoppers were kicked out and the store closed down, Etchason said. The bargain hunters were told to line up in the parking lot.

Meanwhile, the carts were emptied and all the items returned to the shelves, employees said. But they said that outside, people began “yelling and screaming,” pounding on the glass doors and trying to sneak into the store through the lawn and garden section.

Store managers had to be sent outside to try to calm the crowd, workers said.

“It was scary,” one said.

But when police officers left at 6:15 a.m., “everyone was behaving themselves,” Etchason said. The store had reopened a bit before 6 a.m., allowing customers inside in groups of 30, and “people were proceeding inside in an orderly fashion.”

No arrests were made, and no injuries were reported. By 9 a.m., the store seemed back to normal, with packed shopping carts and long checkout lines.

-- Baxter Holmes

And then, that entry was followed by yet another:

Black Friday: Wal-Mart in Rancho Cucamonga also temporarily closes

November 27, 2009 | 11:57 am

As happened earlier in Upland, the Wal-Mart in Rancho Cucamonga was temporarily shut down earlier this morning when Black Friday customers got a bit too feisty, authorities said.

Wal-Mart management decided to close the store just hours after the Upland location nearby also shut its doors for several hours, said Jodi Miller, public information officer with the San Bernardino County sheriff’s department.

Deputies were called at 4:03 a.m. and told that “subjects near the electronics area were fighting,” Miller said.

But “it was all over when we got there,” she said. None of the people allegedly involved were found; neither was the person who had reported the supposed scuffle.

Deputies eventually left without making any arrests, and patrolled the area for a while afterward without any incident.
Wal-Mart managers in Rancho Cucamonga declined to comment.

-- Tiffany Hsu

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November 08, 2009

You Go Girl!

The filly Zenyetta won the 2009 Breeders Cup at Santa Anita. Reminds me of Rachel Alexandra, the winner of this years Preakness..

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