Ah, Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving (a day literally about being grateful for what you have) when people stampede through shopping malls and department stores looking for the best deals on the latest gadgets. Many people love the day and relish in the madness that is Black Friday. I am not one of those people.
I believe that Black Friday is a selfish day. There have been countless stories of shoppers getting run over by other shoppers who are in a hurry to get to the low prices that the day advertises. People throughout the world, particularly the US, have been injured and even killed on Black Friday.
According to the New York Daily News, “One of the most tragic Black Friday stories involved the crushing death of a temporary Walmart worker in Valley Stream, N.Y. Jdimytai Damour, a 34-year-old security worker at the retail giant, was trampled to death by a mob of shoppers, police said in 2013.”
Being someone who works in retail, I can’t particularly get behind a day like this. I work at TJMaxx and I’ve heard co-workers tell horror stories about Black Friday, from empty hangers up to their eyeballs to people treating them like the scum of the earth.
Brawls break out over these cheap holiday goods all the time. Larissa Nemchik, Pitt-Greensburg student and fellow TJMaxx employee told me a story about a brawl she witnessed at Westmoreland Mall.
“Once, a few years ago, my friend and I went to the mall and there were these women who were fighting in Victoria’s Secret over a box of their Christmas pajama paired outfits. The one lady hit into one of those mannequins wearing lingerie. That fell over while the mall cops were trying to get these women to stop and there were so many teenagers around them just like ‘what the heck?’” said Larissa.
What the heck, indeed.