Across the country, reports came in Friday of a woman using pepper spray to get 20 customers out of her way so she could get a bargain at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, of someone calling El Centro police about an unruly crowd at Best Buy in El Centro to crowds reportedly looting a clothing store in New York.
But somewhere in the past few years that’s changed.
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Some cite the sleep deprivation experienced by people waiting sometimes days in line outside stores as a reason for escalating violence, combined with, as The Associated Press describes it, “cutthroat marketing” that “has hyped the traditional post-Thanksgiving sales to increasingly frenzied levels.”
Millions across the country let themselves fall victim to the idea of getting something for next-to-nothing, but only a few actually do. Is it worth it?
Thumbs up - To Rock the Border III, which switched things up this year to bring “colors and cultures” to the Valley’s children.
Organizers partnered with former NFL player Ed White of Julian, and his Julian-based Oak Lake Art Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “inspire children through the fine arts.”
Friday evening’s event and art exhibition also offered workshops. White and other organizers hope to bring the program into local schools.
Thumbs up - To the Imperial Valley Raiders Nation Booster Club, which donated 50 blankets to homeless residents Saturday at The Salvation Army’s El Centro location.
Now in its first year, the nearly 50-member club began collecting blankets after learning they were needed for the homeless served by The Salvation Army.