Good news for healthcare fans: The Obama administration says it met a self-imposed goal to improve its Healthcare.Gov site by December 1. The site has been seen as a bit of a fiasco.
A pregnant Italian woman visited the UK, had a mental breakdown, and then had her baby taken away by child services, using a forced c-section. We’re not making this up.
The National Zoo, with the help of 123,000 online votes, finally picked a name for its new panda cub: Bao Bao.
In Chicagoland, a man was shot by police after 1) he and his buddies attempted to shoplift from a Kohl’s, 2) he tried to outrun police unsuccessfully 3) he attempted (also unsuccessfully), to drive off with an officer’s arm jammed into his car. No big deal.
In Southwest Virginia, two men got into an altercation over a parking spot at a Wal-Mart. A gun was pulled and punches were thrown, and eventually someone got stabbed.
In Las Vegas, a guy who bought a big-screen TV from a Target store was shot after two men attempted to rob him of it. In the end, they didn’t even take the TV.
In Puerto Rico, a stampede broke out at a Wal-Mart, and yes, there’s video.
In Southern California, some people cut in line, so of course a fight broke out.
Black Friday madness: In case you just woke up instead of going out last night and testing out your credit card limit, here’s what you missed.
Please don’t act this way for the occasion of Black Friday, everyone, and if you’re somewhere where a fracas like this breaks out, cut outta there. It’s dangerous, and reading reports/seeing videos of horrible incidents like this (and much, much worse) have become a very unwelcome holiday tradition in recent years. source
» Too many deals? Best Buy, which has become shorthand for “company that throws all its chips in on Black Friday,” lost its bet on this year’s Black Friday, as its third-quarter results (which include the waffle-iron-rioting-day) showed major weaknesses, as discounts got people into the stores but failed to get them to actually work as loss-leaders. ”They were more promotional and that doesn’t bode well for the holiday season, which is going to be very, very intense,” noted Barclays Capital analyst Alan Rifkin.
» Don’t mess with our passion for shopping. After such a turnout for Black Friday, shoppers were ready for online deals on Monday. So were websites touting fake merchandise — from sports jerseys to DVDs to accessories. This was a part of the investigation called “Operation In Our Sites,” which has seized 350 such counterfeit sites since 2010.
» A big win for retail, but for humanity … eh. The heavy spending this year came with a number of downsides, most notably in the form of a series of customers-acting-crazy moments. We covered a few of these over the weekend, including an overzealous pepper sprayer and a riot over $2 waffle irons. Sure, the economy needs a serious kick in the pants, but we hope we can get said kick in the pants while being nice to our fellow human beings. Fortunately, tomorrow is Cyber Monday, where the problems with physical shopping don’t exist. Unless you know a way to shut off your neighbor’s internet. In which case you’re evil and we don’t like you anymore.