Black Friday shopping starts way too early
By Quinn Storm, News Editor
As Nov. 24 rolls around this year, people everywhere will be gathering for football, food and family. But as soon as 5 p.m. hits, the same people will leave their houses and their families to go out with strangers and hunt down “good deals” in the name of Black Friday.
Now, what’s wrong with this picture? Maybe it’s the fact that people are willing to leave their families alone in the name of getting a few dollars off everyday items, but the idea of Black Friday is almost unsettling. Not so much when it’s the day after Thanksgiving, but when it’s starting Thursday evening, around the typical dinnertime, it seems extreme and unnecessary. What’s wrong with having one whole day dedicated to it? Why does Black Friday have to take away from Thanksgiving?
When Thanksgiving began, it was supposed to be a day to give thanks and be grateful for what one has. Now, it seems to be a day of greed. Sure, Americans sit around the table at noon and say they’re happy for health, food, family and what they have, but then they proceed to go out in the cold and rampage through stores full of greed for products that they most likely don’t even need. On past Black Fridays people in stores have been trampled and hurt by other shoppers-what about the action of hurting another person to get what one wants portrays love and thankfulness?
Last Black Friday, my boyfriend went to buy Hunter Boot sock inserts for me for Christmas. Knowing how badly I wanted them and how they’re a bit expensive, he figured he could go and get them for a sale and make me happy. While he was at the store he picked up the last pair in the color I wanted and turned around to go checkout. While he was moving away from the display, a woman came in front of him, grabbed the box and tried to rip it out of his hands. Presumably, this was because they were the last socks in that certain color and the sale was just “so great” that she had to have them and didn’t care about him or the fact that he had taken them first, fair and square.
In the end, he tugged and didn’t let her take them from him, but the point of the story is that this “amazing sale” wasn’t even that great. He got about five dollars off the retail price. The fact of the matter is that this woman thought that Black Friday was an excuse to rudely take from others for no reason other than she felt she wanted them more.
Not only does Black Friday exhibit the rudeness of people, but the fact that it begins so early deteriorates the true meaning of the holiday it surrounds: Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what you have and love those around you. Black Friday only adds negativity to a holiday that should be caring and kind.