Black Friday shopping is something that is beyond ridiculous and there’s nobody that can prove any sane person wrong.

Give you an example, for several years my wife and I lived in the northeastern part of the United States where it would get cold, maybe even a touch of snowfall by Thanksgiving Day.

About five years ago, my wife and I were watching the news while the turkey was roasting on Thanksgiving Day and came across a local report about a Black Friday sale that was starting on Thursday evening at seven at night. This report was being shown around noon and the footage for it was likely shot around an hour before.

There was a guy sitting in a three wall tent bundled up like was getting ready to run the Iditarod in front of a Best Buy at eleven in the morning to buy something that was going to be at some massive Black Friday discount.

He elected to miss Thanksgiving dinner with his family to save money on a Blu Ray player. It was downright laughable.

Then you get the people that flat out stampede the front doors of a department store to buy a ten dollar rice cooker or whatever it is. Which is why whenever there is Christmas shopping to be done I either make a point to do it online or to do at times when I don’t have to worry about defending myself from someone.

There has been another mall shooting… this time in Alabama. The risk of violence out in America these days is exactly why so many Americans have turned to online shopping.

Two young men got into a fight at the mall. It ended with one man shot and killed by police. A teenager and a 12-year-old girl were injured during the altercation.

A deadly Black Friday shooting took place at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham suburb.

That’s when two officers confronted the 21-year-old man and eventually had to take him out. The 18-year-old man injured is in serious condition and the 12-year-old girl is in stable condition. ABC News has more on this developing story:

A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl.

The shooting occurred late Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham suburb, a police statement said.

Lexi Joiner told she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started. Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.

“It was terrifying,” Joiner said.

The police statement said two Hoover officers in the mall confronted a 21-year-old man from Hueytown with a gun and one of the officers shot and killed him. His name has not been released.

An 18-year-old man from Birmingham was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His name has not been released.

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