|Doesn't that look delicious? *stomach growls*|
It's a wonderful day to get together with friends or family, and enjoy each others' company. In effect that aspect in itself is worth giving thanks, as many folks nowadays are lonely around this time, and can only muster up the courage to head over to a co-workers'/partner/office/public gathering to partake in the festivities. Of course, there are those who simply don't care and go about their day as usual.
Let's be honest here - The whole world doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, but they understand that the people in the states have a certain day to give thanks to who-or-what-ever they believe in for everything they have up to that point...or what they will have in the future. That night, you pray(maybe), stuff yourself silly, laugh, have fun, then go home and sleep your food coma away until the next day, when you know you'll need it. Why do you need it, you ask? Because you're going to WAR.
|Whooo! Look at 'em GO! Winner gets that Shopping Cart!|
Oh, yeah...I'm talking about that day, so ominous, they gave it a color: BLACK FRIDAY.
What's so horrific about Black Friday? Well...for one thing, we see the worse in humanity on this day (unless you work at Starbucks in a posh neighborhood. They see it every day.) because most people doing the shopping are doing so out of leisure, luxury, greed, or pure instinctual need. They saw that amazing 70" plasma screen and just GOTTA have it since it's on special. But guess what? Someone else wants the same thing...and there's only one available. What to do?
Now you might be wondering what I mean by "we"...that "we" just happens to be all the retail workers in the United States. For this one day, heck, retail outlets become full-on army recruitment sites - if you'd been on-call for the whole year, but you worked for a major retail outlet, you would work on this day - you would get PAID. Now, what they don't tell you is that it's gonna be ugly. It's gonna be nightmarish and you'll regret getting up that morning to go to work. Some poor souls had to leave Thanksgiving dinner to GO to work on THURSDAY in preparation for Friday...ON SITE (overnight) preparation.
Is it a negative thing? Depends on who you ask. Heck, there's a dispute going on with Walmart about it - apparently, they're not being paid enough to do their job. So, rather than take the beating like a good grunt, they decide to rebel and ask the company to loosen their wallet and take one for them, so they can, in return, take A LOT for their employer.
I'm pretty sure you've encountered a frenetic customer or a person who goes at 100 mph while expecting someone to understand them. Whether the customer or person was speaking to you, or you witnessed their wrath on someone else, or you, yourself, went apes**t on a sales associate, you might've gotten to see why retail workers would be up-at-arms about working extra for minimum wage. With the economy as low as it is, someone out there's certainly enjoying it.
See, there's one thing most people don't do nowadays, and that's get in another person's shoes. No one thinks about their fellow man, and as such, our society's one big free-for-all. Unfortunately, there is no winner in this battle royale, just a bunch of losers posing as winners for some vanity. Go ahead...laugh it up. That 70' LCD screen you're currently enjoying will go out of style in a few months, replaced by a thinner, sleeker, sexier, ummm....tech..ier model and you'll once again feel the tickle of Black Friday crawling up your spine, and into your brain, where it'll reside until you give in to the need to feed your inner hoarder.
|-"...That's one smexxy lookin' dame right there..." -'aww thank you!' -"...I was talkin' 'bout the TV."|
|Yes, that's lady they're picking up. Savages.|
|"May I haz arrowz nao pleez?" -'...you're short.' -"doh!"|
Simple. You want it, and you want it NOW. It's this anal retentiveness that affects most americans and gives them that god-awful propensity for violence. It's not enough to buy something online at a low, low price - you have to have it before anyone else does! But their options don't work for you...Now what do you do? "Wait 3 days for shipping? 3 DAYS?! That's like...FOREVER!"
|..And break, it shall, my good sign...break...it shall. (ò_Ó)|
Breathe, people. Relax. There's plenty of room for everyone and their momma to get what they want for Christmas. We're just told that there isn't enough so we go out and spend it on the highest bidder possible (cough*EBay*cough)...and we bite. Only when you don't have the money, does Black Friday make all the sense in the world.
|Isn't it the truth?|
All the money in the world is not worth the terror some of these people go through.
Be smart. Be safe. Be attentive.
http://www.cuindependent.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/thanksgiving2.jpg - Thanksgiving Dinner
http://a.abcnews.com/images/Business/ap_black_friday_21_dm_121123_wg.jpg - Black Friday Fight
http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/358*232/2target1113.jpg - 42' TV Lady
http://actionfigurecanada.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/black_friday_trample_lg.jpg - Trampling
http://www.businesspundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/cybermon.gif - Cyber Monday
http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/files/2012/11/ZeldaBlackFriday.jpg Link in Black Friday