The Truth about Black Friday


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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes — Black Friday. Existing since about 1932, Black Friday has become the one day a year where it is socially acceptable to trample somebody to death over the latest TV. Usually, it’s the day when people do the majority of their Christmas shopping; what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to shank someone over a half-off iPhone 7. In fact, there have been about seven deaths and 98 injuries due to Black Friday. Although this may not be a lot relatively speaking, it’s clear that it’s more than it should be.

With that, there is also some sweet irony in sitting down with family and giving thanks for what you have, and then hours later pepper-spraying someone over a decent sale. Additionally, Christmas is supposed to be about love. I don’t think that hearing that your mother punched someone over the last 40% off Lego set really reflects the Christmas spirit. It shows how much Christmas is commercialized by tricking people into putting themselves at risk just to maybe get a few dollars off a gift.

Besides Black Friday being hazardous to other consumers, it’s also the worst for employees. Who would want to face a tsunami of crazy people running at you and having the looming threat of being injured or killed for minimum wage?

What’s the safest way to shop on Black Friday? Amazon. If you don’t know, Amazon also has Black Friday deals and you can shop from the comfort of your own home without putting yourself at risk. Unless, of course, you like to live on the edge.

Besides, who wouldn’t want to be stuck in a wave of sweaty, angry people and maybe walk out with a black-eye? Perhaps Black Friday was made for the medical industry. Instead of paying the full $300 for new wireless headphones, people pay $1000 at the ER.

All-in-all, Black Friday is a gimmick of stores to get people out bashing and beating for the best buy. Although the name “Black Friday” refers to the economic status of the business, one could argue that it symbolizes the many bruises acquired during the little shopping excursion. Putting yourself in danger is not worth it. But if the only way for you to get a good deal is basically to participate in the purge at your local mall, then so be it.