According to Dictionary.com the definition of Thanksgiving is “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.” Thanksgiving is a U.S. Holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. This holiday is special because families are supposed to come together and give thanks to one another and show their appreciation while indulging in a feast of delicious food, watching football and discussing politics. Also this thankful holiday consist of one of the biggest days of the year for consumer shopping and retailers, known as Black Friday, (the day after Thanksgiving). Black Friday is the day when consumers go out with their Christmas list and hope to strike huge saving by purchasing expensive things for considerably cheaper prices. Parents are out to get toys for their children at Toys “R” US, younger adults wanting the latest gaming system or flat screen TV and people just wanting the thrill of all the excitement.
Walter Vance, a 61-year old pharmacist, collapsed on the Target store floor in West Virgina in the mist of the crowd. There were nurses nearby that came to his side to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived, but numerous customers passed right over in order to reach the end cap first to get the sale item they wished to purchase. A local Elkhart man went to Wal-Mart to purchase a bike for his daughter and on his way to the registered was pants because a customer, who had not waited in line was not able to get the bike, was in hopes that the man would drop the bike to pull his pants back up. A Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, CA had a fiasco when a lady pepper sprayed other shoppers so she could snag a video game.
“Where is the good Samaritan side of people?” Vance’s co-worker Sue Compton told WSAZ-TV.
I saw a young man interviewed on the local news channel and he mentioned that he was missing his families Thanksgiving in order to wait in line at Best Buy to purchase a TV. My mom works at a local Target and she barely made Thanksgiving due to the hours she was scheduled because Target, for the first time, opened their doors at midnight instead of 4am on Black Friday. Wal-Mart, Toys “R” US, and K-Mart were open on Thanksgiving Day. What happened to spending time with your families on the Holidays? The employees that work for these retail stores do not even really have the option to not work. If you think about it, the majority of the employees are making minimum wage and can not afford to stand up and say they are not going to work because they need their job. The Holidays should be spent with the people you love and care about and that time should not be revolved around your work hours. Thanksgiving, being the holiday we are speaking of here, is the holiday where you are supposed to spread thanks and appreciation but obviously as I stated above people are showing more greed and craziness. In my opinion. this whole “Black Friday” thing is getting to be a little bit too much and is getting way out of control. We have mature adults fighting over children’s toys and video games. What happened to treating others with respect and maintaining the real meaning of the Holidays?
Black Friday as a whole has a lot to offer retailers and consumers. Retailer have a chance to bring in huge sales to help meet their yearly sales, consumers can purchase items they may not be able to purchase at full price, and families come together to go out shopping. The problem is though, the negative effects the Black Friday brings is starting to outweigh the positive. In a perfect world, retailers would make their sales, customers would be able to purchase what they went out for, everyone would be able to spend time with their family for Thanksgiving, and there would not be able harm to others. Obviously we do not live in a perfect world, but I do not think we have to live in a perfect world to have good morals, show respect and appreciation for others.