So you think you know what Black Friday is, right? You probably think it’s just some big shopping day of the year where people get up ridiculously early in order to fight huge crowds in order to get a “deal” on some previously overpriced electronics.
Well… you’re half right.
The concept of Black Friday isn’t just about giving everyone the opportunity to get a good deal in time for Christmas. Nope. If you are unfamiliar with the woes of retail, Black Friday was designed to give stores a huge boost in sales thus pushing their numbers “out of the red, into the black” for the year. The problem is, we as a society have taught these stores that this is okay with us. So much in fact, that they now truly believe that this is what we want and that we even have a sincere desire to go holiday shopping on Thanksgiving day.
“While we recognize the decision to open on Thanksgiving affects Best Buy employees, customers have made it clear that many of them want to begin shopping on Thanksgiving evening. In recent years, millions of Americans have shopped on Thanksgiving, and our store associates are excited and prepared to fulfill their holiday wish lists. Most thanksgiving evening shifts are filled by employees who volunteer to work. All hourly store employees who work on Thanksgiving will, of course, receive holiday pay.” – Best Buy
Now corporations are calling for stores to open at an earlier hour each year and now they want businesses to open on Thanksgiving – a time meant to be spent with family, being thankful for everything you have (ya know, instead of worrying about scoring a deal on the stuff you don’t). It’s really hard to do that when corporate greed is mooching off of your holiday cheer and worse, when we’re allowing for it. And hence, Black Thursday.
I am boycotting Black Thursday.
My local mall wanted to make it a rule that all stores be open Thanksgiving evening. Do you know how horrible and ridiculous that is!? I don’t know about you, but I would like to spend Thanksgiving with my loved ones. It is literally one of only THREE days each year that our mall is closed (Easter and Christmas being the other two). I absolutely refuse to have that taken away from me just because someone decided that they needed to save some money this year on crap they don’t even need.
The bad thing is that a lot of stores have decided to comply with this injustice and it makes me sick. A total of 56 stores in my local mall will be open at 5 or 6pm Thanksgiving evening. An additional 9 stores will open later in the evening, but still… Thanksgiving. My store won’t open until 6am Black Friday morning (4 hours before our regular operating time) because we believe in spending time with family and loved ones during the holidays.
The worst part is how poorly associates are treated during Black Friday. We have to deal with not only the physical chaos of what marks the first “official shopping day” of the season, but the mental abuse of customers out to score a good deal only to find that stores are in limited supply or otherwise completely out of the item they wanted. People get ugly. They physically and mentally push. They curse. They speak down to you. It’s a terrible experience and the majority of us do not get paid enough to deal with the abuse.
It’s not right. I don’t care if a store is out of that item you just had to have for your kid. Maybe you should have thought about that sooner. Stop fighting with employees who don’t even want to be there. They would rather be home with their families instead of listening to you whine and bitch. Those that did volunteer, only did so because they needed the extra pay that some businesses provide.
Stop shopping on Thanksgiving. Spend it at home with your families. You get so few chances in life to do that. Don’t spend it out at the mall or other stores. Eat some turkey. Watch the parade on TV. Play some boards games or some touch football. Do some sort of project with your children. Decorate your home for Christmas. Just stop forcing other people to be available and away from their families because you decided you need a new printer.
Boycott Black Thursday. Put Family First.
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