By JUSTIN REESE- Nothing shows appreciation and gratefulness like trampling over people in order to get the best deals, right? This is exactly what this year’s Black Friday shoppers will be doing.
With the holidays just around the corner, clothing lines, department stores, and shops of all sorts are releasing their Black Friday Deal advertisements. Black Friday being the day after Thanksgiving where millions of shoppers across the nation leave their homes to get the very best of deals.
Although these deals may be great, is it worth the demoralization of Thanksgiving? Isn’t Thanksgiving all about being thankful and grateful for everything currently possessed? Yet millions leave their homes to get what they want. Sophomore Kiara Smith said, “I think it’s a good idea, and it’s not really supposed to do any harm, but it definitely takes away from Thanksgiving, especially since it’s the day after Thanksgiving. I plan on probably going out of town with some of my friends and shopping.”
Even occasional physical harm is done on Black Friday. A total of 10 deaths and 105 injuries have been reported in past years. Freshman Greta Ushock said, “If the police are needed to manage the violence, it has gotten entirely out of hand. People shouldn’t get hurt or killed just for a good deal.”
Black Friday can still be fun, if done correctly. Freshman Kaitlyn Marshall said, “It’s a great opportunity for people who have financial issues to be able to buy more pricey gifts. It is also a great way to have fun by spending time with your family, which is what I do every year.”
When the British colonists called Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, they most likely weren’t planning on going on a shopping spree directly after their feast. So on November 24th, which is Black Friday, remember to be thankful for what you already have by perhaps taking less when shopping, or buying for other people.
[Photo by Justin Reese]
Photo Caption: Freshman Nathaniel Clarkin searches for the very best of Black Friday deals during study hall.