Americans tend to either see the French as elitist and a representation of everything intellectual, snobby, and fancy that they despise, or they love them for exactly all those reasons. Actually, the French are just like people everywhere—crazy for sales.
A French supermarket called Intermarché offered a huge deal on the country's national breakfast spread, Nutella, and things went sideways really fast.
Some stores faced a line of 200 people waiting to burst in and get as much 70 percent discount Nutella as they could find, and there is insane riot footage of everyone trying to grab as much as they can:
"Seriously? All this for some Nutella?" the caption reads. Yes, my friend. Tout ça pour du Nutella.
People caught the stampede for spread from every angle:
Look at the smiles on the faces of people escaping with armfuls of discount Nutella:
But because it's France, it was described as being like an "orgy."
On employee told NDTV, "People just rushed in, shoving everyone, breaking things. It was like an orgy. We were on the verge of calling the police."
Honestly, if your orgy involves this much screaming and pushing, you should call the police. The key party has gotten out of hand.
People have very different perspectives on this Nutella hysteria, which directly correlate to their own enjoyment of it/Francophilia.
If you've ever had breakfast in France, you can understand the Nutella riots.— Sarrah (@MissSarrah) January 26, 2018
After Nutella causes riots in France, police confirm multiple chocolate-related injuries - or a lot of pain au chocolat.— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) January 26, 2018
Other supermarkets seem to be baiting consumers??
And what's especially crazy, is that CNN International reports this isn't even the first reported incident of Nutella violence. In 2015, an elderly man says he was punched in the face after complaining another customer took too many Nutella waffle samples.
Folks, that was in America. We're as bad as they are. Worse, because we have a whole holiday dedicated to trampling people for sales—it's called Black Friday and don't act like you haven't gone crazy for deals in your life.
They also reported that in at least one Intermarché location, the police were called after "altercations" broke out.
So, what have we learned?
The passion, the flavor, the spread. France.