Yes, it’s official. People care so much about their new Xbox or PlayStation that they will kill to get it. What have we come to as a nation?
Black Friday does get heated; sure, that one guy who took the last copy of the new movie or game got you pretty ticked, but bringing pepper spray and spraying them in the face and then taking their items is crossing the line.
One of our own students witnessed someone get mugged over a Wii a few years back. Mario Bushell watched a fellow shopper hit a person over the head with a frying pan. This incident was the result of the past Black Friday, all over a simple Wii system.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and it is the largest retail shopping day in the world. It has historically been the day when large companies have certain items largely discounted. It has a history of violence and even death. It is the start of the official Christmas shopping season.
It was up until a few years ago an American holiday, but many countries around the world have recently taken up the trend too.
Many people use Black Friday for their Christmas shopping, and it gets very, very crowded. People often begin to line up hours before the shopping equivalent of Shanghai rush hour.
Why is this day so violent? What drives people over the edge? After all, if people are shooting each other over toys, imagine what we’ll do to the guy that bumps into us!
Many people are struggling in the present-day economy. Black Friday offers great deals on things that their kids want. Parents want to give their kids the best they can for a cheaper price.
Many parents resort to violence to get their kids the things they want. One woman cut in front of 300+ people in a Black Friday line. Her items were taken, and later she said that she just wanted to get her son the newest toy, and that it probably wouldn’t be there anymore. “Everyone was doing it” she said.
“I was trying to get a videogame, and some dude picked me up, and threw me across the aisle, and threw a bunch of clothes at me.” Mario Bushell, FBCS student.
Black Friday is getting more and more violent as the years pass by.
Wal-Mart has announced that it will be moving the start of Black Friday up two hours from last year. This will start the rush earlier, essentially turning it into Black Thursday Night.
Many people think that Black Friday is a great day to get good deals on items you like. Others think that it should be removed from the calendar.
Some people who have never been to Black Friday don’t understand the hype. I mean $150 off a flat screen television is pretty sweet, but would you really risk your life for it?
Black Friday, (or Black Thursday Night now), is a shopping event that offers big savings on popular items. Whether or not you want to risk your life for a new TV is your choice. But if you’re going to go to Black Thursday Night this year, you might want to come prepared.