If you go out to the strip malls on Thanksgiving night to see how long the lines are outside the big box stores you will notice a lot of die hard shoppers who are willing to brave the bone chilling cold to get the latest electronics or the hottest toys.
Some of these people are hard working moms and dads whose child’s only Christmas wish is for a special video game or gadget.
In front of, or behind them are the vultures and scoundrels who also will brave the cold, be lucky enough to get one of the limited quantity hot item and then rush home to sell it on eBay to a hard-working mom or dad for 3 to 4 times the price they paid.
I’ve gone out on Thanksgiving evening to interview these sidewalk crawlers in the past and each year, the story is the same.
I had my hands on a “Tickle Me Elmo” 20 years ago after the mother of a needy child asked for a “Wiggle-Giggle Red Oscar” for a Christmas Wish holiday drive.
Everyone told me I was nuts for not selling it on eBay for $100 and giving the needy child something else. I just remember thinking — That’s so wrong!
I found a special “Frozen” play set for my granddaughter direct from the store’s website. It was not available in stores anymore and it was so cute.
Out of curiosity, I checked eBay, Amazon and other sites and found the $40 play set for $60; $79; $124 — WHAT?
It is just so sick how people will take advantage of the desperation of others in order to make a profit. I could have bought another play set for $40 and tried to sell it on eBay, but my conscience just wouldn’t let me do that.
I wish all the parents out there the best of luck in fulfilling their child’s biggest dreams this Christmas … and that the space in front of you on the sidewalk is filled by another hard working mom or dad — not a vulture.