Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving & Black Friday


The day after Thanksgiving. Traditionally the biggest single shopping day of the year. The day that neighbor turns against neighbor and both fight it out over a television, laptop computer, digital camera, or other item absolutely essential to survival of the species.

What does 5 a.m. at a discount store look like on "Black Friday"? I can't quite describe it to those who have never experienced it. I have a photograph, but it does not do the situation justice. There are so many people per square foot that, throughout the store, you can taste the smell of perfume and cologne that has been over-applied in a feeble attempt to compensate for a lack of bathing. Yes, people are willing to ignore rules of good personal hygiene and manners on this very special day. People literally have come to blows over discounted toys and electronics.
I should probably not be shocked. I think too many people are already "one rude comment" or "missed parking space" away from stabbing someone. You used to expect this from "thug" types. I am talking about Grandmothers who have become violent. They may have crochet hooks for shanks, but they hurt just the same.
As if this is not bad enough, Thanksgiving day is rapidly becoming one of the busier shopping days of the year. It seems like, after people become bored with eating, they are looking for something to do. Instead of staying home and spending time with each other, many folks are doing what they do best. They are spending money that they don't have on stuff they don't need to impress people they don't like.
This alone wouldn't offend me, except for the fact that the people who work at those retail establishments might just enjoy spending Thanksgiving with their families and will not be able to, as more and more people are willing to drop cash on Thanksgiving day. I promise you that retailers who are closed on Thanksgiving are looking at those who are open and salivating at their lost sales. This is not good. I guess the same goes for restaraunts and service establishments.
Eventually, all of the government employees, lawyers, bankers, and priviledged business people will get to enjoy a full day of conspicuous consumption at the expense of the people in the service & retail fields.
Why not just stay home?

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