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Black Friday Nightmare Essay

1091 words - 5 pages

Early Black Friday sales should not be allowed because of these three reasons: jworkers don’t get time to spend with their families, Thanksgiving is a holiday and it should not be used for people to shop, and stores in the past never would open earlier than Friday. Instead of opening on the late nights of Thanksgiving and early mornings of Friday, many retailers like Target, Toys R Us, Wal-mart, and many others have decided to start sales on Thanksgiving day. Just like many americans are asking, is this right?

Workers don’t get time with their families
“We believe it is important for our team members to be able to spend this time with their loved ones,” said Travis Smith the CEO and president from Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (New Haven). If all store owners thought like this then there would be no early Black Friday on Thanksgiving and workers could spend that time with their families. Instead of being with their families, they have to be answering to rude customers. Many americans have said that Black Friday shopping is one of the worst ideas stores have made and Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with your family. Although they are getting paid pretty good money to work on Thanksgiving, many have said they would much rather be with their families.
“Really Thanksgiving should be spent with your family and I believe the workers have a life, and need their time with family” (The Premier). Bart Reed, the consumer marketing director of Best Buy, said the company did not want to open until the earliest five a.m. on Black Friday. “We wanted to give our employees a "work-life balance" (Mother Jones). Costco refuses to open on Turkey day and said they would open at ten a.m. on Friday, which is their regular hours. Costco wants workers to spend time and the day with their families. "It's pretty straightforward: It's a major holiday with family and friends, our employees work hard, and it's the right thing to do," said the CFO Richard Galant (Mother Jones).

Thanksgiving is a holiday and it should not be used for people to shop
Eating turkey, watching tv, laughing with your family, being thankful for the time you have with them. That’s the meaning of Thanksgiving not rushing out to the store to get the latest deals. “84 percent said that they say no to Black Friday on Thanksgiving ”(The Premier). “I think it’s turning into a day of greed for shoppers and stores,” said Jennifer Gills of Hawaii. Many people have said that Thanksgiving is a sacred holiday. Shoppers, who are against shopping on Thanksgiving, have threatened to boycott stores if they continue to open on Thanksgiving.
Thursday isn’t Friday so if the sales are on Thursday then it’s not “Black Friday” shopping. Black Friday shopping just doesn't occur on Friday anymore. Kimberly Mudge Via said she would not hold Thanksgiving again at her home because her sister, mother, and nieces left in the middle of dinner and left to go Black Friday shopping at 5 p.m.

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