Speak Saturdays: What Happened to Black Friday?

Black Friday is the retail holiday where business have these outrageous sales in hopes of entering the fourth quarter in the black (translation making revenue). For a retail worker this is typically the day you question why you starting working in retail in the first place. The crazy promotions, the early morning shift, the all day shift, and the dreaded no one is coming at night shift.

In the past, Black Friday was an anticipated event; but now the nostalgia of it all has changed for me. I am really dishearten that retail workers have to work (in most places) on Thanksgiving. Even more so customers have are now rude on level that is indescribable. And where is the “WOW” factor of a sale. For the past few years, especially when I worked in retail, the sales have been blah. I would ask my store managers “Why am I up at the butt crack of dawn for this”. I understand the business side of Black Friday but it sure would be nice if we could find the perfect balance for workers and shoppers. Does the mall really need to be open at 2:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day? What are you selling that won’t sell on Friday? Do workers not deserve a day off to enjoy family, food and football. I know all of this is wishful thinking on my part but it sure would be nice to get back to the culture where we put family first.
Happy Saturday!


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