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How I learned to stop worrying and love Black Friday

Staff Editorial

On November 21, 2013

 

The season of giving thanks is just over the horizon and its brother, the spirit of consumerism, follows not far behind.

The shopping holiday Black Friday has eager shoppers ready and waiting to cash in on the dramatic sales that are now taking place on Thanksgiving itself. Some stores have become so eager to cash in on the parade of shoppers that they are opening their doors as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

This tradition of shopping fever has driven people to sprint through doors, fight for the big ticket items and experience the uniquely American opening to holiday shopping.

Through all of the insanity some people still manage to have fun while doing it. That sense of fun is what it seems it should be about, honestly: The thrill of finding the last item on sale, that adrenaline rush from beating rival shoppers to the checkout and the triumph of the purchase.

It is true that Black Friday has its negative side and can get downright dangerous in some cases but that doesn't have to be the norm.

As long as people follow proper shopping etiquette the experience can be enjoyable without becoming unsafe.

While moving quickly through stores is essential to getting all of the best sales, it really doesn't seem necessary to go barreling down aisles with a loaded cart and throwing caution to the wind. It's important to be very aware of surroundings and maintain cart control while shopping in the busy conditions on Black Friday.

Hitting other shoppers is a painful complication that is better avoided as much as possible for everyone's safety. As long as shoppers maintain a controllable movement speed and watch their surroundings, their bargain hunting should go smoothly.

Other than respecting shoppers and staying safe during this annual retail event, there is one important piece of etiquette to be followed that ensures a good time for everyone involved: Be nice to the employees. They are often pulled away from valuable family time to work long hours in an intense, high-stress environment. There is also the possibility that some employees are seasonal workers who are new to the job and are still learning.

All things considered, it probably doesn't hurt to add a little patient and polite behavior to any dealings with store staff to make everything as pleasant as possible for both parties.

Black Friday will always be a day of crazy deals, extreme bargain hunters, long lines and packed stores. It will also always be a chance to have a blast by scoring big ticket items.

While it may get hectic and crazy, by staying safe and respectful it can be a good time for everyone involved.


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