While visiting family over Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to accompany my sister-in-law to the Vermillion Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving evening to begin the Black Friday frenzy. I was apprehensive, but could not allow her to go it alone. Having never shopped on Black Friday before and seeing news reports of people battling over merchandise for many years, I was expecting complete mayhem.
Instead, to my delight, the people of Vermillion (nearly all of them, I imagine) exhibited restraint and decorum during the rush for toys, televisions and treasures. I did not witness shoving, angry words, or aggressive parking lot behavior. In fact, I heard friendly greetings and jovial discussions among neighbors, colleagues, and cousins. Even strangers were polite and respectful of one another. Make no mistake, people were strategically positioned to pick up that prized purchase and poised to ensure shopping success, but they were orderly and courteous in their pursuits.
Vermillion residents can be proud that their actions were in the spirit of the season and an excellent example of how it should be done. It was a pleasure rubbing elbows (and a few other things) with these folks and I look forward to my next visit.
Oklahoma City, OK