Re: Black Friday
I used to be very "afraid" of shopping on Black Friday, and made a point of staying home on that day. A couple of years ago I went out for the first time, after turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, because I wanted to buy my husband a special television at 1/2 price, and the sale started on Thursday at 6 p.m. I knew I had to be there early to get it. To my surprise, everyone was very nice and friendly. The store was crowded, but no one was being rude. The store employees handed out pieces of paper to people who were there early for the big ticket items which one then traded for the item when they went on sale. I don't live in a metropolis, but live in a smaller town, that is made up mostly of working class people. Maybe that makes the difference?
I shopped Thanksgiving night and Black Friday this year and didn't see one nasty incident. It think the bad manners and lack of respect is a result of poor education (at home) and living in a large city where no one cares about anyone but him or herself. I'm sure there are rude people who would riot where I live, but they are outnumbered by regular people, so they can't run in gangs and cause trouble.