Thursday, November 25, 2010

In Defense of Black Friday

When a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death two years ago on Black Friday, many recoiled at the retail scene, but YJI reporter Leah Igdalsky of Connecticut defended the traditional shopping day:

December 1, 2008
-- Opinion --
Black Friday's not all bad, I promise
By Leah Igdalsky
West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Black Friday has gotten a bad name.
The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Businesses employ tactics like doorbusters, giveaways and sales to bring themselves into the black (to turn a profit).
Many Americans look down on Black Friday, perhaps the busiest shopping day of the year.
Crowded stores and heavy traffic plague Black Friday, and crazed shoppers push and shove, sometimes injuring other customers.
This year, a Long Island Wal-Mart clerk was trampled by a stampede of shoppers before the store’s 5 a.m. opening.
Despite these problems, people still show up in droves to find the best deals and work off their turkey comas.
And really, Black Friday isn’t all bad.
Read the rest of Leah's piece here:

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