Finally, one town has taken a stand against the madness and said, “no more.”
Sick of marauding shoppers trampling through stores on Black Friday, ripping at each other’s throats to get the precious few deep-discounted doorbusters dangled in front of their shnozzles to suck them in, Dartmouth, MA has passed a new law. Stores that open early have to get a waiver and submit a safety plan to the town.
If they don’t, the store will get fined $100/min for the first 30 minutes they are in violation of the law, $200/min for the next 30, and $300/min after the first hour.
Police officers will be assigned to the stores to ensure that people don’t kill each other.
The law requires approval from the state AG and wouldn’t go into effect until 2011, but the town is asking retailers to voluntarily comply with it starting this holiday shopping season.
Dartmouth OKs Black Friday crackdown [South Coast Today] (Thanks to Adam!)