Stupid Consumer Tricks

As if I ever needed more reasons to observe “Buy Nothing Day” instead of “Black Friday,” here’s another example of the wonderful behavior the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season can spawn in mindless consumers:

Police: Parents Leave Child in Car While They Shop Overnight

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A Franklin County couple has been charged after leaving a young child in a car while they shopped.

Cops found the two year-old kid in the unheated car, shivering, soaked and scared, in a shopping center parking lot at 2:45 a.m. the morning of Black Friday.

What were those who left the child behind thinking? Probably, “Let’s leave the kid in the car, honey; he’s just dead weight while we’re racing around to get the best deals at the stroke of midnight, anyway.” Welcome to the American Dream in action.

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