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Gunshots, fighting, and thievery broke out last night as over eager shoppers and those looking to take advantage of the Black Friday frenzy caused trouble at retail spots across the country.
From fights in Southern California over people trying to cut the line, to a ghastly slashing in West Virginia over a Wal-Mart parking spot, Black Friday turned grim as news of the incidents poured into news outlets.
Reports were that Black Friday was going to be a bit of a bust this year, with polls and analysts saying that many people were going to save their shopping for another day. But Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart US told the TODAY show that the retailer had a “terrific” night. Still, he acknowledged that customers are “challenged” by things like food stamp cuts and he says the retailer is trying to take that into account. (Watch the clip of Simon speaking to Willie Geist below. He addresses issues of pay and Thanksgiving hours as well.)
Despite this craziness, USA Today says that the Thanksgiving Day opening is keeping the usual Black Friday madness at bay at a lot of retailers. With consumers given more time to get deals, there’s no need for bum rushing store doors or as much pushing and pulling at items in the aisles. Five years ago on Black Friday, a Wal-Mart worker was killed when he was trampled by eager shoppers.
“Overall, the National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 4 percent to $602 billion during the last two months of the year. That’s higher than last year’s 3.5 percent growth, but below the 6 percent pace seen before the recession,” the paper says.
Investors are getting a good deal today as well with stocks up on a short trading day. Markets close at 1pm ET.
While we were all chowing down on turkey, celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends and family, Chris Brown was in rehab starting three months worth of treatment for anger management. But luckily for him, he didn’t have to celebrate the holidays alone. Brown’s girlfriend, Karreuche Tran, made the trip to his rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles to bring him a home-cooked meal and to spend some time with him.
Tran, who was by the singer’s side during his recent court proceedings, posted a picture of the couple together on Instagram and simply captioned it, “happy turkey day” with a heart for her boo.
As quick background, Brown was ordered to enter into in-patient treatment for anger management after he voluntarily went soon after being arrested for assaulting a man outside of the W Hotel in Washington D.C. The first time around, Brown was only in treatment for a couple of weeks before having a disagreement with his mother that reportedly turned violent. His probation report accuses him of throwing a rock through her car window. The incident caused him to be asked to leave the Malibu facility he was receiving help at. The probation department that deals with Brown actually used that violent episode to prove that he either needed to be ordered to rehab for a longer period of time, or go to jail. Of course, he was given 90 days in a facility in LA.
It’s nice to see that Tran is still standing by Brown. And although the singer definitely has a long way to go, he’s already starting to look better! Don’t you think so? Share your thoughts below.
As I read Rohr’s argument, I thought, Why can’t more people stand up to capitalism like that, then I remembered if people weren’t out in the streets hitting up Macy’s at 8pm on Turkey Day there would be no need for Pizza Hut employees and countless other workers to be behind the counters serving them. Ironically, yesterday, when I called to wish my mom a Happy Thanksgiving she told me she was headed to my grandmothers and might stop by a few stores on the way home. But as soon as those words left her lips, she added that she felt bad for the people who were forced to work on Thanksgiving and remarked “I probably shouldn’t go; that’s the sort of thing you should probably boycott, huh?” Truthfully, I don’t know if my mom ended up joining the masses for Black Thursday shopping or not. And though Pizza Hut has reportedly offered Rohr his job back — most likely because he’s gone to the media with his story and not due to a company change of heart — I can’t help but think about the idea of boycotting and the power of the consumer. I mean, truth be told, at the rate we’re going, Black Friday is getting pushed back so far it’ll soon be Black Wednesday — or Black Week even! But while there are still so many people forced to limit their holiday in favor of the almighty dollar, do you think shoppers should boycott stores on Thanksgiving?“I said, ‘Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off,?’” . “Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off to spend with their families.”
Curious how your favorite famous families spent their holiday? Check out these celebrity thanksgiving celebrations.
Thanksgiving didn’t slow down Kelly Rowland’s grind. She was still on set fulfilling her realty singing competition duties when the “X Factor” posted this photo of the singer on Instagram, writing:
X Factor + Thanksgiving = TurKelly!
Can’t imagine Thanksgiving without the turkey? While dreams of stuffing your face full of turkey, glazed ham, and macaroni and cheese float through your mind, the vegetarians and vegans of the world imagine something more along the lines of pumpkin kale casserole, lentil loaf, or maybe even a vegetable pot pie. And I don’t live a vegan lifestyle by any stretch (and could, at most, check off the “vegetarian’ish” box, if such a category existed) having sampled several vegan dishes I can admit to having stumbled across some that are downright tasty! Check out this list of celebrities you might not have known were vegan, or vegetarian, and marvel at their ability to resist America’s efforts to throw a turkey at everything that moves every Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of family, food, and fun, but somewhere between the time guests hit the door and they sit down to feast on dinner, the holiday turns into a time of interrogation. Suddenly, friends and family you don’t see all that often throughout the year are trying to play catch up — unfortunately they tend to do so in the most intrusive way: inappropriate and awkward questions.
We know they don’t mean any harm — most times — but we still hate this part of Turkey day. Here are 11 questions we hope nobody asks us this Thanksgiving.