Federal Prosecutors Alerted to Viral Video at Oxford Valley Mall

If it’s anything like when I was in high school, there are always plenty of interesting characters at the Oxford Valley Mall. (Once I saw a dude with three-foot mohawk spikes!) And while shopping on Black Friday at the Oxford Valley Mall, Northampton’s Ryan Berk saw a man in army fatigues.

Much like a big Eagles dork can spot a bootleg jersey from across the stadium, Berk — formerly a sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan — says he noticed several problems with the supposed veteran’s uniform. Berk says the man displayed awards he couldn’t have earned. He told the Bucks County Courier Times he warned a store employee not to give the man a military discount. Then, in the Courier, this great sentence by Jo Ciavaglia:

What inspired him to confront the man, Berk said, was a 20-minute conversation he overheard during which the alleged soldier told a small boy about his military experiences.

Twenty minutes! I feel bad for that kid — he deserves a medal of some sort. Berk filmed the confrontation, and later posted it to YouTube. It since has caught fire.

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Market Report: Did Black Friday Bomb This Year? (All Signs Point To Yes)

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  • Perhaps we all have Black Friday fatigue: Thanksgiving weekend sales dropped 11 percent this year. [New York Times]
  • But some retailers managed to whip shoppers into a frenzy: luxury online shopping site Net-a-Porter nearly broke the internet after launching its major end-of-season sale. [Daily Mail]
  • And despite lagging sales numbers, there were still plenty of Black Friday fights, many of which were caught on video.  [Gawker]

Moving on: Let’s talk about gluing things like chains to our eyelids.

Black Beers for Black Friday

black-fridayBlack Friday has become a thing at Philadelphia bars. Luckily, it doesn’t mean getting up at 4 a.m. and wrestling over curved TVs but rather it is all about dark beers.

Here are just some of the Black Friday beer events happening today.

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Aldine’s Got Black Friday Deals

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If you’re taking to Center City to do your Black Friday shopping, you’re going to need a bite (and drink) to recover. Aldine, at 19th and Chestnut, will be open early, at 3 p.m., to accommodate anyone who’s looking for a shopping respite.

But it gets better, George Sabatino’s new restaurant will be offering half off draft beer, $5 house red and white wines, $2 oysters, $3 popcorn, and $5 rabbit rillettes crostini.

Get a drink and have a snack at Aldine. That way, you won’t feel badly about spending a ton of money on food after spending so much all day.

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Vince, Madewell and Calypso: 15 More Incredible Black Friday Sales

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Another day, another slew of Black Friday sale emails. We’ve added a whopping 15 sales to our already jam-packed list of sales and deals on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Go here to seem them all—there are 65 in total!—but be sure to check out our latest additions, particularly the sales at Govberg, Vince, Madewell, Peter Kate and Posh. (Spoiler alert: One of these shops is giving away a free handbag of your choice if you’re the first person to make a purchase on Friday.)

Free Yoga on Black Friday at Sweat Fitness

sweat yogaThree Philly Sweat Fitness locations are hosting boozy yoga classes on Friday that are free and open to the public. The classes are at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: Sweat Queen Village (700 Passyunk Avenue), Sweat South Philly (1509 E. Passyunk Avenue) and Sweat Manayunk (4151 Main Street).

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Joan Shepp Is Having a Huge Pre-Black-Friday Sale Because Why Wait?

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See all that black merchandise? It’s on sale now. | Photo via Joan Shepp.

This week is pretty much the Superbowl week of shopping. We’ve already given you your game plan for Black Friday shopping (we’re adding more sales and events to the list every day, so keep checking back!). But for the shoppers who can’t deal with Friday’s crowds, we have sale salvation in Joan Shepp.

Sale details ahead!

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