Dear Consumers

Black Friday is just around the corner and with that comes a day where I refuse to leave the house. I mean, seriously. Every single retail place is a death trap waiting to happen. Someone ends up getting trampled (sometimes trampled to death) and most of the shoppers are loaded with caffeine after having been camping out all night and adrenaline for the major deals.

Now, I enjoy a good deal as much as the next person, but I still have a hard time wrapping my head around camping out. The lines become a mob anyway so it’s not like it’s a systematic and orderly procedure. In all honesty, it really should be done in an orderly systematic order, but I think we’d have to call in the National Guard to make that happen.

There are a number of stores opening earlier than normal: Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us are some of the bigger retailers that are opening up as early as Thursday. But isn’t that a little ridiculous? Shouldn’t Thanksgiving be given the day off for families to spend time together, watch the Lions play, eat, drink, and be merry together? I heard on the news that a Target executive stated that he had given the okay to open earlier so that Target could stay competitive. Personally, I don’t get it. He could have easily stayed competitive by extending his Black Friday deals to Saturday. The crowds aren’t as hectic on Saturday and there are people, like me, who come out of the woodwork looking to snag up some Black Friday deal that someone overlooked. Why take your employee away from their family during a holiday just to witness the chaotic crowds and deal with all of that stress after a sleep inducing supper?

So, I have a small favor to ask of you, dear consumer. Don’t go shopping on Thanksgiving. I don’t care if you enjoy the rush that Black Friday gives you. You can just as easily go out and wait in your line on Friday. But for the sake of the employees, don’t shop early. Do you really want corporate America to win and take away a rightful day of rest? Would you like it if your employer called you up to go to work at 6 PM on Thanksgiving or if you had to attend school that day? And if sales are decent on Thanksgiving, what’ll be next? Working on Christmas?

If you really must shop, order online on Thanksgiving. The stores will still be there on Friday with all of the major Black Friday deals. Trust me, because they’re usually there on Saturday.

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