Black Friday Madness

BY KAYLA MCQUILLAN

TOWER staff writer

 

Black Friday has turned into part of today’s culture. The history of “Black Friday” goes back to the1960’s when stores were moving from the “red” to the “black,”when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. The Macy’s Day parade is what started the madness of Black Friday and the rest of the shops followed along. This event has been something that many families look forward to every year. Some families eat their Thanksgiving dinner as fast as they can and scurry off to the nearest mall to wait in line all night until doors open at 5 a.m. This year some stores are having Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day. This to me is pure madness because people are being selfish and not thinking of the workers who are working on Thanksgiving Day. 

Thanksgiving is a time for rest and a time to be thankful for the things in life that you may take for granted everyday. In my household we hold our thanksgiving dinner usually at 1 p.m. and the whole family comes over. Every Thanksgiving my cousins rent a hotel room near the Grove City Outlets and travel there on thanksgiving day to wait in line for the best sales in the morning. This always made me sad because I do not get to see my cousins often and they always have to leave early to make their check in time at the hotel. This year I am worried that they will not be able to make Thanksgiving dinner at all because of stores being open with “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving day. 

About three years ago my father and I were watching the news on Thanksgiving night and we saw stories about how crazy the people when trying to get the best deal they possibly could. We saw women fighting each other over iPods and children crying because their mom’s behavior. After we saw this broadcasted over the news we decided that the next morning we would go and see what the madness was all about. At about 11 a.m. the next day my dad and I headed out to the market district in Robinson, PA.  We had a wonderful lunch where we watched shoppers stop for some food, and listen to some live Christmas music. 

Then, we went to the Robinson mall where the majority of things were “buy one get one half off” what the shoppers did not know was the price of the first purchase was so expensive that it covered the cost for the second purchase.  There were very few “deals” and the shelves were bare. We did see some people fight but most of all we enjoyed spending so much time together. Ever since that Black Friday, my dad and I make it something we do annually. So, although I do think it is terrible how stores will be open with “deals” on Thanksgiving day, it gives my dad and I a chance to catch up and laugh at the crazy shopper.

 

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