Black Friday fights have long been a central component of consumerism's holiest of holy days and 2016 continues that trend in rather disturbing fashion. Two people have been shot and killed, with at least 2 others injured by gunfire. Countless fights, mob stampedes, and shoving matches have been reported on social media channels and posted to Youtube. Black Friday violence has been such a huge part of the day after Thanksgiving over the years that it's become a common cliché and the butt of many jokes, but there is nothing funny about people being injured and killed over the desire to buy discount-priced televisions, video game systems, and Hatchlings, or whatever the hottest toy of the season happens to be in any given year.
Black Friday had barely even begun and many people's turkey and stuffing had not even finished digesting when a fight broke out over a parking space at 1 a.m. in front of a Macy's in Mays Landing, New Jersey, leaving 1 person dead and another badly injured as reported by the New York Daily News. The same report lists another gun killing in front of a Walmart late Thursday night, and another man was shot Thursday evening in front of Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis, Tennessee.