Black Friday. Black Friday is a consumer scourge that has migrated from the States into Canada and on-line. It is the day following the American Thanksgiving and after thanksgiving, of course, what is more, well, thankful than to camp out sometimes all night in a competition
to be the first through the doors of the Big Box store featuring your heart's desire. That huge flat-screen tv, the newest X-box, Playstation or dishwasher. Yes, Black Friday is the day when shoppers can save amazing amounts of money on big tag items they don't really need. Tradition says Black Friday is the day retailers actually start to make money. In some states, like California, there is a state holiday to recognize this celebration of greed. In Canada, bargain-seekers take a sick day from work to hit the stores. And maybe they really are sick, if they need "something" that badly. Since 2006 seven Americans have lost their lives in the consumer wars and there have been 98 injuries. Seemingly normal people storm the retailer as soon as the doors are open. There is a stampede with pushing, shoving and punching. Every shopper for him or herself. It is pretty unbelievable. Stores have pushed the time for opening back earlier and earlier. Now there are pre-Black Friday bargains and Black Friday week sales. It is crazy.
The only thing sadder and maybe more insane is the Christmas Creep. And it isn't your drunk uncle Ben who passes out on booze and tryptophan overload after the turkey. Christmas music, decorations and sales appear sooner each year. But as I said, that's another rant.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.