Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday: Whose Stupid Idea Was This?

US shoppers’ lust for Black Friday bargains this year has reached absurd new levels, evidenced by a viral joke that morphed into a disturbing new trend to help shoppers beat Wal-Mart and other big box store crowds by disguising themselves as temporary holiday employees. It started when Twitter user @OverlyLiked announcing he would be selling his Walmart vest for $100.
“I’m selling this Walmart vest for $100,” he wrote. “Use it to skip the line during Black Friday. You can even walk in, grab what you want, and walk out."
The violence and incivility show how much Christmas is a cultural identifier in America, not a religious belief.  Some stores in the Boise area were starting Black Friday at 6:00 PM on Thursday.  What a nice demand to put on your employees. :-)  This is why I do not shop on Black Friday: every customer is providing a corporation with an excuse to mistreat its employees.

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