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Black Friday shopping

November 29, 2011
Minot Daily News
The Black Friday shopping weekend seems to get bigger every year, with more deals available for shoppers willing to wait long hours in line or start shopping for bargains at midnight. The traditional start of the Christmas season shopping is also getting more violent and cutthroat around the country. Consider these reports from this past weekend: -A woman turned herself in to police after pepper-spraying 20 customers at a store in the Los Angeles area. -In New York, crowds looted a clothing store. -A Phoenix man was bloodied and subdued by police on suspicion of stealing a video game. -There was a shooting at a store in San Leandro,?Calif., shots fired at a mall in Fayetteville, N.C., and a stabbing outside a store in Sacramento, N.Y. All in the name of saving money on a television or finding the newest video game at a rock-bottom price. We’re guessing there was some pushing and shoving while customers jostled for items at Minot stores over the weekend, but we’ve heard no reports of violence. Stores were busy in the Minot area, a good sign for retailers in a city still struggling to recover from the effects of this year’s Souris River flooding. We know Minot is growing, but we hope our city doesn’t turn into a place where strange and violent things happen in stores during the Black Friday shopping event. After all, we’d all be wise to remember the true meaning of the Christmas season.


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