Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday

You know, it's the start of the holidays, and that's all nice and well.

But the concept of Black Friday never really sits right with me. Thanksgiving is a day when you're supposed to be thankful for what you have. Yet many stores are now opening Thanksgiving night at 8PM for Black Friday deals.

That makes me really upset. I posted my concerns about this on Facebook and the responses have been along the lines of:

"Already been like that."

"I just know it's sad when nobody believes in people being with their families on the holidays anymore. :( I mean- people who want to work for the OT- go for it, but many places don't even let people request off for such days."

"...its been about 15 years and black friday will be a weeklong event within a decade."

"You do realize that there are fast food places open all day on Thanksgiving. What about the employees there?"

"Eh. It's the price you pay for working in retail."

The only problem here, is that it will only continue to get worse unless people band together and stop it. Corporations and marketing strategies are testing the waters, what opened at 5-6AM five years ago crept to midnight last year and now is 8PM this year. Soon they won't be closed on Thanksgiving at all.      

It's the Bystander effect. I would honestly feel guilty by going into a retail store on Thanksgiving evening, and expect the utmost service from them on a time when most people are usually with their families. Lack of empathy that shoppers have for the sake of getting that next new TV or that better console or computer that is 1/2 off.

I hate the concept of greed. It really messes with people.

I just don't like the concept that people will push others based on their own greedy impulses. It really does bring out the worst in people. (In real life, in online games, in everything.) That's more along the lines of what I was getting at.

People really lose sight of what holidays actually mean in hopes that they'll just get new things or gifts.

But remember!

Be thankful for what you have, but only until 8PM! 

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