Awesome Black Friday Horror Stories: The Good, The Bad And The Crazy
I will never understand the lunacy of Black Friday
As tens of millions of Americans frantically participate in Black Friday today (I will not be one of them), this virtual cornucopia of examples of just how far some people will go to grab that perfect deal is hilarious.
A recent AskReddit post poses the following question to current and former retail employees: What are your Black Friday horror stories? Some responses:
- I worked at Target for 5 years [in the electronics department]. I saw a man throw a 42″ TV at another man for cutting in line. The man that received the Westinghouse to the face received a concussion and several stitches while the thrower got multiple blows to the face from surrounding customers, an assault charge, and at least one night in the county jail.
- Someone punched a security guard in the face because he thought he was a customer skipping to the front of the line. He was just walking in the door to start his shift.
- I was at an Urban Outfitters looking at clothes at 4:30 in the morning when there is this shriek coming from the girls section. All the guys (8 of us) run over to watch these two teenage girls going at it over some dress. No one was stopping them and then this little Asian girl slowly grabbed the dress while the girls were fighting. She calmly went to buy it while the two girls were ripping out each others’ hair and their moms were trying to stop them.
- I watched a woman collapse in hysterics into my manager’s arms because we didn’t have the exact model of cooler she wanted. Thanksgiving must be a stressful time in her family.
- Former Best Buy employee. First Black Friday, saw two elderly ladies get into a fist fight over a $9.99 scanner. The one lady had an amazing right cross.
- Back in my poor college days when I worked at Walmart we had a fight break out over a bike. Fists were thrown and there was some blood. Eventually one guy got hold of it and managed to get away from the crowd. He rode the bike out of the store to flee his pursuers (without paying).
- I saw an elderly woman steal an ice cream maker out of a man in a wheelchair’s electric handicapped cart. He got a security guard, and she flat out denied it saying the man was using his handicap to embarrass her.
- I worked one black Friday in the clothes department at Walmart. For 2 hours before the sale began, people hovered over the pallets. The alarm went off and the swarm just went insane.
- There were two women tossing clothes back and forth to each other. This little teenager intercepted a pair of jeans being tossed and the women went insane and elbowed her in the face. Instant blood and the little girl was so shocked she just stood there shaking and crying. The woman acted like that was a perfectly reasonable thing to do. She was arrested on the spot.
- Working in the electronics dept. A little old lady punched a teenage boy in the face to get the last radio he had picked up. She snatched it up and ran.
Check out more madness here.
Let’s not forget the crazys who camp outside the stores for days ahead of Black Friday—all you need is a tent, TV and computer and you’re a celebrity!
Anyway, Black Friday crowd, happy shopping!
With origins dating as far back as 1999, No Shave November is an event to raise cancer awareness, usually for prostate or testicular cancer, but also for men’s health in general.
No-Shave November is not just one group but actually a loosely knit number of different groups and organizations all devoted to raising cancer awareness by putting a fun twist on the month of November.
The basic premise of No-Shave November is to keep the fight against cancer top of mind, making it easier for people to do their part, whether it be donating, volunteering or just helping to spread the word. The different organizations and groups each have their own guidelines but all of them are united by putting down their razors during the month of November. And its not just men growing beards (or members of the Boston Red Sox), women can join the cause too (just wear long pants or long sleeved blouses for the month, ladies!) The important thing is to have fun with it and get creative! You can participate on any level; you can go it alone or form a group and make it a party. You can even have fun contests for best beard, longest beard, scruffiest beard—the list is endless! The point is there are no rules other than supporting the cause.
And if you choose to donate there are a number of non profits and organizations that can direct your funds to help the cause including the American Cancer Society and Fight Colorectal Cancer, but again the choice is yours—you can also work with another charity you are familiar with.
Here is a list of just a few of the groups who are throwing away their razors in November in the fight against cancer:
http://www.Movember.com Since 2004, the Movember Foundation has run Movember events specializing in moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years the organization has spread worldwide including the U.S. There are also a number of easy to like Facebook pages as well, just search for NoShaveNovember.
As for me, here I am on Day 26 without razor—pretty scruffy, huh?!
By the way, for you history buffs the actual title, No Shave November, was dubbed by the socialist Karl Marx in a celebration of communism. Marx championed beard-growing during this month as a way to upset the bourgeoisie. The idea was concocted in order to agitate the capitalist factory owners of the time. Marx’s plan never came to fruition and No Shave November faded away into the history books—until now!
OK George, we get it. You shot and killed an unarmed kid and in spite of a barrage of media uproar and all the legal posturing, you got away with it. And that should be the end of it.
You think your luck will never run out. You think you can continue to dodge the bullet. You’re superman and you can do anything you want, anywhere you want with total legal immunity. You just can’t stay out of the limelight, George and no good will ever come of that. The real danger is you actually believe that you are somehow special—that you are entitled.
But karma has a way of rearing its ugly head and these days, George you’re not exactly paying it forward. What goes around comes around, George and ya better watch your back.
When given a second chance, you take it. You don’t ask questions, you just give thanks, you stay humble and you move on. Lay low, be a good boy and start respecting other people for a change.
But really the best bet now for you, George is to just go away.
Zimmerman freed from Florida jail after arrest for assault
(Reuters) – George Zimmerman, who was acquitted last summer in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was released from jail on Tuesday after his arrest for an incident in which he is alleged to have pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend.
Zimmerman was released by sheriff’s deputies from a jail in Sanford, Florida, after a court hearing in which Seminole County Judge Fred Schott said he found probable cause for Monday’s arrest and set bail at $9,000.
The judge set January 7 as the date for Zimmerman’s next appearance in court on charges stemming from a domestic dispute on Monday, when he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend in her central Florida home.
Zimmerman, 30, appeared in court in a short-sleeved green Seminole County prison uniform after spending the night in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. He faces charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, a felony, and two misdemeanors – domestic violence and criminal mischief.
If found guilty, he could face from three to 15 years in jail, according to David Weinstein, a Miami attorney and former state prosecutor.
Judge Schott barred Zimmerman from all contact with his girlfriend and possessing any weapons or ammunition, pending his return to court in January. He also banned Zimmerman from any travel outside Florida and ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring device for the duration of his release on bond.
The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, 27, told police that at one point during their verbal altercation he grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at her, broke a glass table and locked her out of the house.
Zimmerman then barricaded the door with furniture, police said.
Scheibe, who was unhurt in the incident, told a police dispatcher that Zimmerman was in the house with four weapons – a Kel-Tec shotgun, an AR-15-style assault rifle and two handguns.
Zimmerman also called 911, telling the operator his girlfriend “has gone crazy on me” and was outside. When asked why he was calling 911, he replied: “I just want everyone to know the truth.” He said he did not use a firearm.
Assistant State Attorney Lymary Munoz said in court that Scheibe was afraid of Zimmerman and alleged he had tried to choke her about a week and a half ago, in an incident she had failed to report to the police.
Munoz also said Scheibe told her that Zimmerman had talked about committing suicide.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch guard, was acquitted on July 13 of all charges stemming from his killing of Martin in February 2012. A jury found that he shot Martin in self defense during a struggle, as the 17-year-old walked through a gated community in Sanford where he was staying as a house guest.
The shooting ignited a nationwide debate about race, gun control and self-defense laws and prompted widespread claims of bias in the U.S. justice system.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with law enforcement officials. He has twice been stopped for speeding, once in Texas and also in Florida.
In September, Zimmerman was questioned by police after his estranged wife called 911, saying he had threatened her with a gun. He was not charged in that incident, which occurred a week after she filed for divorce.
I don’t usually do stupid stuff like this but I got talked into it this time.
I’m supposed to post 12 things that people may not already know about me on my Face Book wall. Then I’m supposed to choose a number between 1 – 11 and everyone who ‘likes’ this post has to post about themselves—However in this case, I don’t care so you can pick your own number, (mine is 12 I think). Anyway if you happen to like this post here, go ahead and click like and then you are forced to join in the fun—whatta concept!
OK, Here goes:
# 1: I spent the better part of 40 years in cities like Lawrence, Topeka, KC, Louisville and Orlando and during all that time I never worked a day. It wasn’t work, it was fun!
# 2: During that 40 years I always went by my real name on the radio.
# 3: Used to be 5’10″
# 4: Most rock stars were good people but the biggest asshole I ever interviewed on air was George Thorogood—still bothers me. Favorite interview had to be David Lee Roth.
# 5: Was an avid stamp and coin collector as a kid and I had pretty good collections especially stamps. They’re still in the garage.
# 6: Was the biggest nerd until I started high school sports (not complaining).
# 7: Never made Eagle scout (5 merit badges shy, damn it).
# 8: My cat is named Knucklecat, because he is.
# 9: Never been a long range planner. Think back 5 or 10 years. Did any of your predictions back then happen?! Things change fast, you gotta be ready with Plan B, C and D—be versatile.
# 10: I love to putz around in the garden but have been known to kill a few bushes.
# 11: I love history and geography. We must remember and respect our history but also learn from the past and look forward to the future. As for geography, what if the GPS goes out or the internet is down or maybe the lights just go out and don’t come back on?! Maps don’t lie.
# 12: It has been a tough couple years for me dealing with family losses—my girlfriend, my mother and so many friends I’ve lost count. But these challenges have certainly made me stronger and better able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m still sorting it out but everything does happen for a reason and I’ll let ya know!
Over the years I have seen this event grow to what it is today, the best free no-strings-attached dental outreach in Central Florida! Regardless of where you live, if you can’t afford to see a dentist, this is for you. This year the event provided the services of a record 44 dentists and oral surgeons, with 40-45 dental assistants working by their sides, plus two dozen UCF nurses-in-training, a dozen Greenberg volunteers, and at least a dozen other volunteers.
Because of the oral surgeon talent on hand, a Central Florida Dental Outreach record 524 teeth were extracted (many of those were those pesky wisdom teeth). One lady had 19 teeth removed, another had 17, and several other folks had six or more extractions and there were countless tooth fillings.
If you ever wonder what all these free services would have cost, estimates are in the area of $225,000! And keep in mind that calculation doesn’t include all the volunteer hours nor all the procedures and services provided. And, of course, factor in the smiles on the faces of the folks leaving the event, some of whom hadn’t EVER seen a dentist…priceless!
By some estimates, more than 85 million Americans don’t have health insurance. Tooth problems are leading causes of school absence, missed workdays, and emergency department use and yet dental problems often go untreated not only for financial reasons but because of the fear of going to the dentist.
Once again this year the Greenberg family rose above-the-bar in reaching out to our community. Also a special thank you to Andy Searles at Aloma United Methodist Church for opening up the church doors to get the ball rolling and as always Brewster and team captain Julie Kestler who led the charge in stepping up for those in need. Here is what pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church had to say: “What a wonderful report! I am forever grateful for your team of ministering angels, including those with drills and pliers in hand! What a great service you have done for our community and for the people God loves”.
This event is one of my favorite examples of how much good can come when churches, businesses and people just like you and me work together for the benefit of the community and I can hardly wait for next year!!
For more information please go to: www.centralfloridadentaloutreach.net
OK I admit, I was a bit skeptical when my friend Christine “Sixteen” Demas approached me a few weeks back asking for my help with a fundraising event she had planned. “Eight of Central Florida’s best rock bands and local artists plus vendors showing and selling their crafts in one afternoon ABSOLUTELY FREE”? You gotta be kidding me!! But she wasn’t.
That’s exactly what we got plus a whole lot more this past Sunday October 27th at the Rock On! For The Cure! For Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation!
The parking lot next to Rock On! Resale on N. Orange Ave, Orlando was rockin’ all afternoon with The World Famous Trans Ams, Three Forks Road, Nightrain, Pipestone, Cult Revolution, Psycho Magnets, The Exit and Thunderfoot all donating their time in the fight against breast cancer. People of all ages coming together for good times and a good cause— isn’t that what its all about?!
The event was the brainchild of Rock On! Resale Owner Christine Demas, and her sister Maria, who is fighting Breast Cancer. Though admission was free, donations were accepted plus there was an auction and a raffle of donated items including clothing, jewelry, art and much more. The total raised after minimal expenses was nearly $1100.00 (and still counting)!
Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is located just down the street from Rock On! Resale and was formed in 2007 just a year after Libby Maynard succumbed to Stage IV Breast Cancer. (Libby would never say she lost her battle, she would say she WON her trip to heaven!). Libby Maynard was truly the inspiration behind Libby’s Legacy. She was full of fun, faith and courage and the hope is to embody her spirit through this foundation by being secure enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to be humble, and powerful enough to serve others!
For more information on Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, go to: http://www.libbyslegacy.org
Rock On! Resale is a treasure trove of cool rock ‘n roll, biker, hippie gear and more! It is a unique store with second hand, specialty, one of a kind, some new, some vintage, and collectable gear. They are known for supplying and dressing local and national bands…providing great stage gear!
For more info on Rock On Resale, contact Christine Demas at (407) 446-7466 or go to:
A special thanks goes out to everyone who generously donated their time, money and resources to make this event such a success. More importantly its great see the Central Florida rock community, friends and fans pull together as a team for a common cause. It shows that with a little effort, we can make good things happen because you’re never too old to rock and roll!
I don’t think anybody really understands the debt ceiling or how our country got into this financial mess but my friend Mike has provided us with a pretty good start. I have reposted his blog, Rat’s Right originally posted on 10/09/13 with excerpts from an article posted on http://www.boston.com 10/07/13. I would love to hear your opinions!
1. First of all, what is the debt ceiling, anyway?
The debt ceiling is the maximum amount of money the government can borrow to fulfill its legal budgetary obligations. Those obligations are the mandatory spending requirements Congress has written into law that go unchanged year to year unless Congress acts to amend the law.
2. What impact does the debt ceiling have on overall government spending?
If we hit the debt ceiling, the Treasury won’t be able to borrow money to pay for spending Congress has approved (the mandatory spending, not the discretionary spending, which is delineated in appropriations bills.), essentially defaulting on its legal obligations.
3. How is this related to the government shutdown?
With a government shutdown, the fed still pays on legal obligations. Surpassing the debt ceiling would stop, limit, and/or delay payments on such obligations.
4. So, what was the sequester, again?
Congress needed to agree on a plan to reduce the US Government deficit by $4 trillion, or else a series of arbitrary spending cuts, totaling $85 billion, would take effect across the board in what came to be called the “sequester.”
5. What will happen if the government doesn’t increase the debt ceiling?
The common line is that breaching the debt ceiling would “call into question the full faith and credit” of the US government.”
(Although, does anyone – including China – really believe that the United States would default on its obligations?)
6. How will this affect my job?
“Non-excepted” federal employees do not report to work during a government shutdown. The effect on non-governmental jobs is less clear, but a long-term economic stall or slowdown (caused by a default on debt) could have an impact.
(Does anyone believe either party would not take steps to prevent a true default?)
7. What can I do about it?
To begin with, you can maximize your emergency fund. Cut back on spending and save some money.
8. Since the government is “shut down,” what can be done about the debt ceiling?
If we hit the debt ceiling, the government could prioritize spending, paying for certain things and not others. Or, the government could let the debt ceiling break – similar to defaulting on a loan.
Or, Obama could play the 14th Amendment card and trump the statutory debt ceiling through the provision that says, “the validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.”
(Politically, this would not be a wise option for Obama and he knows it.)
9. How much trouble will the government be in if we default?
Standard & Poor’s issues ratings for governments, known as “sovereign ratings.” These are used as indicators of “the future ability and willingness of sovereign governments to service their debt obligations to the nonofficial sector in full and on time.”
(Again, does anyone in the world believe that the United States of American will default on its debt?)
10. So what is Congress doing about it?
Congress failed to pass any appropriations bills this year. Now the government shut down. Congressional Republicans reportedly called for cuts in the budget to diminish the deficit, and Democrats blocked bills to reopen parts of the government.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the shutdown battle – and the debt ceiling debate as well – one thing is very clear: This is an ideological battle over which neither side has yet demonstrated a willingness to cry “uncle!” Hopefully, the “right” ideology prevails.