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Patch Poll: Has Black Friday Gone too Far?

This year, Black Friday was marred by violence and crime. Is it time for retailers to dial back the hype and promotion?

Should Black Friday be renamed Bloody Friday? Insane Friday? What-Has-This-Country-Come-To Friday?

For some shoppers, Black Friday is all about the hunt for a good deal, and even a fun night, or early morning, out. However, in addition to a good deal on the latest electronics, Black Friday brought incidents involving pepper spray, shootings, looting and beatings.

“Instead of a nice sweater, you need a bulletproof vest and goggles," Betty Thomas, 52, told the Associated Press Saturday while shopping with her family at a mall in Raleigh, N.C.

Has this sales strategy gone too far? Should retailers be encouraged to dial back Black Friday hype and promotion?

In addition to Black Friday, football is part of the Thanksgiving tradition, according to the latest . Eighty-five percent answered that football should be allowed to be on the TV during the Thanksgiving celebration.

Fourteen percent said no, it distracts from the meal and conversation.

Vincent Russell November 28, 2011 at 11:27 PM
If only people would flock to churches instead of the malls, this country would be a better place.
EWS99 November 29, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Most disgusting example of GREED that exists today...on every level...retailers, individuals. Sickening.
Jo March November 29, 2011 at 05:36 PM
If the poll had asked if Black Friday has gotten out of hand, I would have said, Yes, but for expecting retailers to dial back, I say "No". They're in it to make money; it's up to consumers to use some restraint and common sense. I believe it's not so much bargain hunters that attend these too-early events, but people who like to brag about how early (or late depending on how you look at it) they went shopping. I think these people need more of a home life.
Joe Parkmoor September 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Amen, brother. Amen.
Joe Parkmoor September 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
God bless you, gina. You have my sympathies. I would never go shopping on Thanksgiving day or evening. Nor would I stand in line to shop before the crack of dawn the following day. I refuse to participate it an event which essentially robs people like you of their holiday.

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