The day after Christmas is what I’ve always referred to a ‘national return day’. At one time, I was an assistant manager for a large (128,000 sq. ft.) retail store. Every year, the day after Christmas saw the most returned merchandise than any other month of the year. Additionally, shoppers were looking for clearance and marked down items. Traffic wise, it is one of the busiest days of the year, but not necessarily that big dollar wise.
Needless to say, the day after Christmas was hectic and sometimes chaotic and I really hated to go to work that day. The worst was the year I blew out a knee and was on crutches. That ‘national return day’ was horrible by the end of the day, both knees were shot.
As usual, millions of shoppers flocked to stores and malls across the nation. Many were carrying gifts to be returned and others were clearance vultures, as I used to call them, looking for the marked down items. However, this year’s ‘national return day’ was marred with a plethora of mob violence that erupted in numerous malls across the nation, and they all seemed to start within an hour of each other.
Beachwood, Ohio is a suburb of Cleveland, located on the southeast side of the metropolitan loop. According to one report:
“Officers used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd after a fight that prompted a lockdown of Beachwood Place on Monday evening, police said. At least one juvenile is in custody in connection with the fight that broke out just after 6:30 p.m. near the mall’s food court, police said. The juvenile is accused of assaulting a police officer who arrived to break up the disturbance.”
Aurora, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago, located on the western edge of the metropolitan area. According to one report:
“The Fox Valley Mall in Aurora was evacuated and closed for about an hour Monday night after ‘unusually large crowds’ of teens congregated in the mall and fights broke among pockets of the teens and some threw bottles of water and Gatorade from upper levels, an Aurora police official said.”
“Police Lt. Rick Robertson said about 1,000 teens congregated in the mall, some running from section to section. Around 6:30 p.m., the first fights started to break out. When bottles began flying from the upper levels, officials decided to close the mall to prevent a large brawl, he said.”
“‘It was a lot of kids and a couple of scuffles and just for everyone’s safety it was best to get everyone moving along before one large incident occurred,’ he said.”
The same thing was reported around the same time in numerous malls from coast to coast. According to one of the many other reports:
“Numerous skirmishes, fights and altercations were reported across the country on the day after Christmas. Many of them had similar elements: Juvenile participants, food courts, unfounded reports of shots being fired, mandatory evacuations or people fleeing of their own accord; few or no injuries.”
In 2013, there were also numerous reports of mobs of young black people gathering at stores and malls, attacking other shoppers and looting stores. Like the mall violence experienced this week, many of them seemed to be induced or inspired by social media.
Regardless of social media input or other, these can all be attributed as a sign of the decaying of America’s moral and religious values. Chances are most of the young people involved are products of the public school system in which they are taught Godless and self-centered morals and values. The public schools teach there is no God and that you are just a product of random evolution and nature and that like the rest of nature, you have to live by the survival of fittest. The young people are taught not to respect or obey authority figures including parents and law enforcement.
With this type of teaching, it should be no surprise to see this type of mob violence as they are just acting based upon the bankrupt morals and values they have been taught. Until we see a true Christian revival in America, you should expect more reports of violence and mob behavior.