It was very late for me, but there was nothing I wanted to do more than to drive to the train station to pick up my boy at 11:17 last night. He’s home now. I’m thankful to have him asleep in his bed.
The notion of Black Friday is bad enough, but that people who work in retail stores that have decided to push the shopping opportunity forward so that it impairs their ability to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families is just wrong. Do not go shopping today, no matter how enticing the sales may seem. If you go, you will encourage this wrong.
Stay home with your family so retailers learn that there is no purpose to opening their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving. Don’t feed the beast. Don’t reward this insanity so the retailers will think this was a good idea and continue to offer “doorbusters” at 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving.
There will be ample opportunity to throw your good money away on products you don’t really need and won’t last very long or work very well. There will still be special sale prices tomorrow, which should serve to remind you just how much of a profit margin is built into the crap you buy.
If you must, shop tomorrow. Don’t shop today. If no one comes, they will stop the insanity. If people come, they will not merely do it again, but will seek more ways to make the lives of their employees miserable. Don’t encourage this. Don’t do it.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.