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I usually write a post about Black Friday this time of year, the marked up and then seemingly discounted products that everyone goes searching for in the malls and stand-alone stores. People are trampled to death, with their bodies stepped on repeatedly that happens in the prodigious crowd. The workers lose any semblance of their “thanksgiving” and the shopping frenzy makes the greedy buyers do what they wouldn’t do at any other time of year–mayhem, mishaps, and murder. 

Look at this chart from The Hustle dating from 2006 to 2018:

We don’t have this year’s numbers, but I bet it follows the same trend, with Walmart having the most notorious amounts of injuries and deaths. 

Cyber Monday doesn’t have those problems. This year, more holiday shopping will be done online than in the store. The injury and death count for Cyber Monday? Zero. Fuck Jeff Bezos who doesn’t pay a decent living wage to his workers, but as a handicapped person, I’m a hypocritical fan of Amazon Prime.  

Black Friday is no place for the disabled. If you’ve already gone to stand in those inordinate lines and came out alive and are disabled, good for you. You got lucky. 

Hey! I’ve got an idea. If you like confrontation which Black Friday already is, why don’t you go to a protest instead. Stand up for the Green New Deal, climate change, free college, Medicare for all, healthy drinking water, and there’s always somebody who thinks the opposite. At least, if you obey the cops and stay on your side of the “line,” everybody wins. 

Joyce Hoffman

Joyce Hoffman

Joyce Hoffman is one of the world's top 10 stroke bloggers according to the Medical News Today. You can find the original post and other blogs Joyce wrote in Tales of a Stroke Survivor. (https://talesofastrokesurvivor.blog)
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