Kevin Drum has some reasonable questions about a woman who seems to have rather awful luck at Wal-Mart, including getting trambled in a post-Thanksgiving mob scene this year.

I saw footage of one such mob on the news. Two things that immediately struck me were 1) Why was there a line? Aren’t most Wal-Marts open 24/7? and 2) What does Wal-Mart sell that would be worth getting up at 3 AM and fighting a rabid mob for to save a few bucks?

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  1. Pietro says:

    I shop at that particular Wal-Mart, and from past spousal experience (I would never admit to such a frivolous exercise) , they make customers form a line before they actually activate the sale on the item (for example, DVD’s for 20 bucks).
    It’s probably the same at other Wal-Marts, but based on other Wal-Marts in the area, the Orange City one has relatively poor management. I wouldn’t be surprised at a logistics problem.

  2. Steven says:

    Is this anything like a Witchy Woman?

    Just curious.

  3. Neal says:

    Many WalMarts aren’t open 24-7. I think ours is open 7 am to 11pm. The day after Thanksgiving they always have a couple of things dirt cheap so a big line will form and they will get free press. Works every year.

    You’ll see me in that line when I’m 90 years old, in a coma, and my caregiver drug me there.

  4. Kathy K says:

    All the ones hereabouts are open 24/7 and I’ve never heard of any nonsense about making people form a line before a sale is announced.
    That probably doesn’t apply in other areas (and if it doesn’t, shame on them about the lines). But, still, methinks the lady in question is not exactly an innocent and honest shopper.