Black and Blue

By Beacon Staff

Black Friday is not only the biggest shopping day of the year for the retail industry … but personally it can leave you scarred. This Black Friday I decided to brave the crowds but got tossed around like a rag doll. People were so busy pushing and cutting their way through the aisles that they immediately forgot their manners … at home.

I feel we have lost sight of what these days of rewards are really all about. As customers we do not deserve these huge discounted days. There are no laws in the constitution saying that we have this day every year to abuse, this is a privilege and we should treat as such. I feel we should respect this Black Friday just like a holiday. This day doesn’t give you the right to be rude or disrespectful just because the store happened to be sold out or, even worse, the person in front of you got the last one.

For me this day is a day of celebration, a day to embrace what our suppliers can do for us, a day to share the gift that is giving (us a break on prices). The ooohhh’s and aahhh’s made at the sight of discounts, the holiday music, the scanners at the registers beeping with every item being bought, all of these noises play like Pavarotti in my head. It just feels great! I love seeing the hustle and bustle of the shoppers being motivated by their loved ones desperately seeking the perfect gift. This is what motivates me when I am there … with you … trying to check off my list. So next time you are out holiday shopping do so with grace and appreciation for the people working with you, shopping with you and living with you. I promise this way is much more enjoyable. Happy Holidays!

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