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Reasons Why I Dislike Black Friday Shopping

Updated on October 18, 2012

Soon the snow will be falling and the Christmas season shall be upon us. While I love a good Thanksgiving the following day however I do tend to have an issue with. Black Friday has been a popular shopping term since the 1970s. Every year people line up outside of stores hoping to get an awesome deal on gadgets, clothing, and more. Sometimes people tend to take these shopping adventures to new extremes and other instances have even resulted in injuries or deaths.

As a kid I still have memories of holidays not being as commercialized as they are now. These days it seems the holiday spirit and generosity in giving has been lost in a focus on image and wealth. Everyone wants to have the newest and best phone or Ipod. It is kind of sad that so many have forgotten the importance of family and the fun in the thought of gifts instead of the gifts themselves. The first instance of Black Friday madness that I can recall was when cabbage patch dolls were the big craze. Now I must have been the only one not obsessed with those dolls. Personally I thought they were kind of creepy looking. I remember watching the news with my family and there was video footage of people pushing and even hitting each other over those dolls. Even being a five year old child I was actually embarrassed for these adults I watched on the news. I could not understand why a doll would be so important that adults would fight each other.

Here in 2012 it seems that things have only gotten worse. Year after year there are reports of employees being injured and killed from stampeding Black Friday crowds. It is so sad that people are so obsessed with getting a good deal that they end up forgetting about the importance of their fellow human’s well-being. That is hardly the holiday spirit that I remember growing up. Also I feel terribly for the employees that have to work that day. Despite the fact that in some businesses employees get paid extra, they have to put up with people who belittle and grow impatient with them. Not to mention having to work unnaturally early hours.

For this holiday season it is my hope and wish that people would treat each other with love, care, and respect this holiday season. If you have an opportunity to show some generosities then take that opportunity. Perhaps one act of kindness can spread and grow. Black Friday is an excellent day to show some care. Maybe carry an extra pair of mittens and hand them over to someone who is cold and may have forgotten. If you see a bell ringer donate a few extra dollars to a cause that helps people in desperate need. If you see elderly couples struggling with their packages then help them put them into their car. Any small act of kindness can really go a long way. We live in a hectic world and all we need sometimes is to just slow down and realize that we can spread holiday spirit if we really try.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      I can't say how much I am glad to not be the only one who doesn't really care about Black Friday. People do seem to go overboard on this day because of something that they need and may not want. Great hub!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      I agree online shopping all the way!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree with you very much. I've only ventured out once and that was mid-morning. The item I was looking for was gone. But I very much prefer Cyber Monday- nobody to shove and push you around and you have more than enough time to browse. Overall, I think buying gifts and sharing them is more about cherishing those you're close to more than getting a deal. And charity never gets old. Great hub!

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      You're welcome! : ) I wish we had been paid time and a half... we just got our usual pay. We did get paid more for working on holidays like 4th of July, or the people who unloaded trucks on Thanksgiving day were paid time and a half, but unfortunately Black Friday wasn't considered a holiday for the rest of us.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Oh my that is so unfair that you didn't get paid more. My friend who works for walmart in PA gets paid time and half for that day. Everyone who works that day deserves a big bonus if you ask me! Thanks for commenting. : )

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Nicely done! Only one thing... I worked in retail for 14 years. The last few of those years, the store opening time DID get earlier and earlier in order to compete with other stores. It was CRAZY!

      BUT, (and this is the one thing) - we never got paid more for working that day. Same pay, different and unusual hours. Many times we were assigned to departments that we knew nothing about and had to "wing it" and do the best we could with very cranky people who weren't always nice even when we were doing the best we could. Sometimes we were even asked to cashier and for some of us, this was the one day a year when we would try to do that!

      Most of us dreamed of calling in "sick" that day or missing it for another reason. Only thing was, management would REMEMBER if you did that. It was an unwritten "rule" that everyone worked that day. I can remember one November someone making a comment about a co-worker who had missed Black Friday almost a YEAR earlier. Funny how they remember that but forget all the times their employees go WAY out of their way, above and beyond to help someone.

      Didn't mean to rant! LOL!!! A little extra kindness would go a long way to making the day more pleasant. :) And a bit of extra kindness towards the stressed-out workers would be very much appreciated! :) Voted up and more! :)