I remenmber it was 1958 I was Kleins on the Square in West Hempstead L.I. N.Y.
At that junction in time they didn’t have a Black Friday sale but they did have a Washington’s Birthday sale in which hundreds of items such as watches were marked down to a Dollar to honor George Washington since he was on a One Dollar bill.They refered to the sale as a door buster.
I was with my with my father and my great Aunt Pauline as they open the doors the crazy mob knocked me down and I was trampled “Ben Hur Chariot race” Style.I was actually trampled by an angry crowd of manic shoppers. The crowd broke the glass cases in the store and the counters .The police were called in and the store was shut with no sale on that day.However I was badly bruised, so much that every time I watch the chariot scene in which the Roman Chariot driver got trampled it reminds me of a wild grand openings & Black Friday Sales ”.
A man was trampled at a Walmart a few years ago on Black Friday , there are people that laugh when they tell that story , how sad and pathetic. Today they set up fences cris crossing each few feet to prevent this from occurring again to late for some people .end/