This stampede of Black Friday shoppers is a little bit pathetic

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The last Friday in November is a great time for shops.

Originally founded in the US, the Black Friday sales came to the UK in 2001 and this year led to stampedes of such furiosity that one person was hospitalised.

We have turned into a nation of bargain-hunters, eager to make savings on Christmas presents that we otherwise couldn’t afford.

This time of year is always tough financially, but could you imagine anything worse than being so eager to get into an Asda supermarket that you’re actually crushed underfoot by other people who are just as eager?

It’s a little bit pathetic, and what does it achieve?

Do you really save any money, or spend more than you would if you had to count every single penny?