Upside of "Grey Thursday" shopping in NYC: You won't get stabbed in a Walmart parking lot during an argument over a space. Downside of shopping on Thanksgiving: You're shopping on Thanksgiving—and possibly getting pepper-sprayed! Here are photos of some of the souls who decided to go shopping at Macy's, which was open on T-Day for the first time yesterday, and Toys R Us instead of staying at home to bicker the virtues dry brine or wet brine.

Huffington Post reporter Kim Bhasin was at Macy's yesterday and described the insanity before doors opened: "Lines snake out from each of the store's many entrances, hugging its exterior walls and curling around the block. Shoppers huddle together in the 32-degree chill, largely outfitted in puffy black coats and scarves wrapped around their necks. A New York Police Department van sits nearby, a half-dozen officers watching over the scene with semi-automatic rifles in hand." And then when the doors did open:

"WOOOOOOOOOOOO!" come the screams as shoppers jockey for positions. First they must make it through the heavy outer doors, as security personnel loom over the scene, and then through a second logjam at the inner doors. Finally, they enter the media funnel, and brave photographers step into the flow of traffic, cameras flashing like strobes. Phones thrust in the air record the scene and the shoppers take in the attention, waving to reporters and howling all the way...

The shoppers' demeanor shifts once they make it through the gauntlet. Some of them search for some directional guidance like brand signage or a store map, their eyes darting around, as they try to identify their first point of attack. Others know where they're going: the shoe floor, the suit racks, the cosmetics stations...

The store's many other entrances have opened too. Queues begin to form at each of the escalators, with Macy's staff holding back shoppers to limit the weight. Down the main walkway, shoppers stand shoulder to shoulder, slowly shimmying toward anything that could save them from the madness surrounding them.

Three states, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts, outlaw shopping on Thanksgiving. It's time to quote Pope Francis again, "The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience."