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The horror of Black Friday has spread to Great Britain

It turns out that America is not the only country where people will claw at each other over flat screen televisions. Black Friday — the day when retailers offer large discounts on certain big-ticket items — has spread to Great Britain, where reports emerged of injuries, arrests, and generally appalling behavior at mega-stores across the country.

According to the BBC, "[a] man was arrested in Salford after he threatened to 'smash a staff member's face in,'" while in Middleton nearly 200 shoppers refused to leave a store "despite being told stock had all gone." In Stretford, a woman suffered "minor injuries" after she was struck by a falling television.

We recommend that Britain also start celebrating Thanksgiving, to serve as some kind of redeeming counterpoint to the shopping frenzy.