Black Friday madness draws near

by Madeline Baker, Opinion

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Black Friday is fast approaching and with it, the chaos that follows. Stores post great deals and open their doors extra early so customers can get everything on their Christmas list for less.

It’s a national holiday often seen as ironic for arriving the day after Thanksgiving.

And with the greed comes crazy shoppers who wait out in long lines in the cold weather to get products while they last, and some people who aren’t afraid to fight their way to what they’re looking for.

In all, ten people have died in past years, and reportedly 105 have been injured because of Black Friday, whether it be from stampedes or car crashes or outright violent attacks.

Black Friday is and has been for many years, the biggest shopping day of the year and has even spread to other countries from Canada and Mexico all the way to Pakistan and India.

The holiday has spread into doorbusters on Thanksgiving as well, and Cyber Monday, traditionally the Monday after Thanksgiving, with great online deals. Many now enjoy the online deals in lieu of the waiting, shoving, yelling, threatening that they experience at the stores.

On one unfortunate Black Friday, an employee watched as an eighty-year-old woman tackled and maced another woman who had put bolts of breast cancer ribbon fabric on hold so that she would have enough to make for cancer patients.

Another employee who was setting up a restaurant in a mall had people banging on the gates trying to get in before the restaurant opened. One woman pried her way in, yelling, “I know you have bacon!” They did, in the fridge in the back on the restaurant. They hadn’t even started prep work in the kitchen.

An unlucky group of customers in Target one year had to wait in line as someone paid for their flat screen TV in two plastic bags filled entirely with quarters.

And while many see Black Friday with a negative view, many good things can happen because of it.

Some people genuinely love camping outside of stores and waiting for those early bird deals.

It’s a way to meet new people and make friends and just have an exciting new experience.

One customer even met her husband, who was an employee at the store, on Black Friday. After she asked him a few questions on a product, they exchanged numbers and the rest is history.

Also, some people can only afford so many gifts, so Black Friday is a really great way for them to save money and get more for their dollar.

Black Friday, in all of its hectic goodness, can be loads fun. Just remember to be safe and be smart.

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