An Opinion on Black Friday

Written By Travis Crabtree

Traditionally, Black Friday is when stores have sales the day after Thanksgiving. My question is, if Black Friday is supposed to be the day after Thanksgiving, why are big box stores such as Walmart open at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day?

It’s not fair to employees to make them leave their families on Thanksgiving all because someone wants to buy a TV and can’t wait until the next day. Many stores have even noticed this issue and pushed back their times to around 8 pm or even midnight, but why haven’t all stores?

Most stores say that they are open on Thanksgiving Day to maximize the amount of deals, but why break up sales throughout the night? It would be easier on the store and the customers to have all the sales at the same time. Looking at this year’s Walmart ad for Black Friday, I didn’t know what I was looking at, I mean some sales begin at 6 others begin at 8. Why are you making this so hard on people?

Don’t get me wrong I love Black Friday, all those sales are perfect for buying holiday gifts. But checking out and seeing the annoyance in an employee’s eyes because they’ve been working for 6 hours and still haven’t gotten to eat dinner saddens me to a point that the sales aren’t even worth it.

So far stores such as: Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and Macys have announced that they will be open on Thanksgiving Day. I know I won’t be leaving my family in the middle of Thanksgiving, will you?

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