Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and in its modern incarnation it has come to signify a day when people trample over each other in order to save money on something that is not an essential item of existence. In previous years, stores have tried to maintain the pretense of treating the day one for gatherings of family and friends by opening in the evening, although this still required workers to come in earlier to prepare the stores. This year, some have abandoned this altogether and are opening on Thursday morning. And once that has been breached, it will only be a matter of a couple of years before stores start opening at midnight on Wednesday.
Below is a compilation of the shopping chaos that has erupted in past holidays. One sometimes sees this kind of rampaging behavior after some disaster or during wars when people fight with each for food and water for themselves and their families in order to survive. To see it happen over non-essential trinkets like TV sets and video games and the like is appalling. People are being goaded by stores to get into a competitive frenzy that is alarming to see.