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Calmer than we think on Black Friday?

Posted at 2:50 PM on November 22, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

We know about the stampedes and the rudeness, the fight over that last stupid toy. But much of what happens on Black Friday is pretty...civil?

That's the conclusion of researchers at Eastern Illinois University.

"Calmness" was the trait seen by the highest percentage of observers, followed by "courteousness" and "happiness."

Happily, there was no tripping or weapons observed during the Black Friday research, although nearly one in 10 observers saw some "irritable aggression."

Note: We came across the data this afternoon via the Washington Post.


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.