I have never gone out to participate in the madness of Black Friday’s early hours. I value my sleep far too much to compete with countless other mad shoppers in a desperate push-and-shove for the latest gadget. I understand that some people see Black Friday as fun, almost like a kind of sport.
But it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. In Fayetteville, NC, about an hour away from where I live, there were gunshots fired at a mall around 2 AM. Even though nobody was hurt, this behavior is still uncalled for. And, according to a CNN article, there was one shopper in California who used pepper spray to get to the front of a line.
What’s even more bizarre about all this is that the stores opened even earlier than they had in years past. Some store openings cut into Thanksgiving, while a bunch of stores opened the moment the clock struck midnight on Black Friday.
I understand that all this shopping and spending can help bolster the sagging economy, but is it really worth the hassle, the two-hour wait to check out, the pushing and shoving through crowds, and the quest to find parking? I suppose that’s up to the individual customer.
Personally, I don’t think Jesus Christ would have advocated all this madness in the name of buying presents to give out on his birthday… but I suppose that’s just American culture for you. In some cases, I’m proud to be an American, but when I hear about the crazy crowds, it just makes me shake my head like I’m looking at a mischievous child who needs to be given a talking-to.
Have you ever went out to shop on Black Friday?