I am a firm believer and supporter of the mass chaos and bargain hunting deals that come with Black Friday. In my family, it’s tradition for my mom and I to wake up at 4 a.m. to brew a cup of joe and do our best to throw on some clothes while we sift through the mountain of store ads on the kitchen table. To me, this is a once in year type of fun! I get to bond with my mom over standing in long wrap around lines outside in the freezing cold and running through the stores to find the exact item that is 90% off the normal price. Black Friday is an adrenaline rush for shoppers around the country. It’s the only time that people wait two weeks outside the local Best Buy just to get a discounted t.v. (This really did happen in Toledo by the way).
This year however, I was thoroughly disappointed in what turned into Black Thursday. Retail stores opened at either 6 or 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For crying out loud people this is a day to spend with family and loved ones stuffing turkey in our faces and having ten pieces of pie. I can’t believe that these stores made their employees work during what normally is Thanksgiving dinner. By dinner time, our Walmart was overflowing with people and wrap around lines. The workers had to wear bright yellow vests and they created a makeshift maze of a line with giant products piled up everywhere. Besides taking away from Thanksgiving and family time, this Black Thursday deal takes all of the fun and adrenaline out of waking up in the middle of the night and hunting for deals. It used to be only the serious Black Friday shoppers that had a shot at getting the top sales. This year, any ordinary person who never had participated in Black Friday could just head on over to the store and stand in line. As a Black Friday veteran and enthusiast, this is unsettling. I can only hope that next year stores don’t open at noon on Thanksgiving day. All things considered, Black Thursday should be banned and stores should have to wait until Friday to open their doors.