Town Sets Fine for Black Friday Mayhem

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Black Friday will be here in just more than a month, and with it, there will likely be mayhem.

In previous years, Black Friday bargains have been so intense that consumers have actually  trampled employees to get in stores, gotten into fist fights with one another over products, and fainted from exhaustion after waiting in long lines.

This year, the frenzy may be even worse.

Retail sales have been largely stagnant all year, which means retailers are expected to fight harder by offering better sales in order to attract weary customers. However, at least one town has decided to take steps to prevent the mayhem from happening.

This week, the town of Dartmouth, Mass., approved a law that prevents retailers from opening their stores between midnight and 4 a.m. on Black Friday, unless they submit a safety plan to the town board. Those who violate this law will be fined up to $300 per minute the store remains open.

It remains to be seen whether any other town or city will follow this example.

Are you planning to shop this year on Black Friday? Let us know in the comments section.

Check out MainStreet’s roundup of things gone wrong on Black Friday.

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