Black Friday is November 27, 2015 this year. It is the biggest shopping day of the year for most American retailers as well as their customers. Some wait for it as expectantly as they do Christmas. It arrives the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is for giving thanks for all that, you have, uh and I think being satisfied. It originated when the Indians helped the first American’s who came to their country through a harsh winter.
For those of you who don’t know, on Black Friday retailers drop or as they would say “drastically reduce” all of their prices; everything is a “steal”. * a steal means it’s practically free. Black has many meanings, Black Friday for some retailers means getting out of (being in the red) debt and making a profit in their ledgers (being in the black). Many stores advertise Black Friday sales with huge slashes (cuts) in prices, as they try to push merchandise (stuff) out the store relying on the mass mania that seems to hit people when this shopping day arrives.
Most schools and companies have the Friday after Thanksgiving off making it a four-day weekend. After stuffing oneself with turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing, while watching a Patriots football game and then falling asleep on the couch in a food coma: the day after is a high adrenaline shopping frenzy.
Black Friday although huge in the U.S. is recent, only since 2000, but it seems to be spreading. It has crossed the pond and the U.K. seems to have caught the bug.
Here is my story: names have been changed to maintain friendships; Thanksgiving, 2008:
Wendy: Tomorrow we get up at 5:00am, we’ll take a canister of coffee to help keep us awake.
Me: Awww really, why can’t we go later when the Target store actually opens at 9:00 am.
Wendy: No, EVERYTHING will be gone then (does this make sense to you?). You have to be the first in and the first out, that’s my move. (She sounds a little like she thinks she’s got a role in Mission Impossible.)
At the store at 5am:
Me: Look at this line, we won’t be able to get into the Target store. (The line is almost out of the parking lot. Most people have blankets, and have been camped out in front of the entrance since midnight.)
DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 AM:
Wendy (pushes me): You get out of line – act as if you’re hurt!
(There’s a mad rush of at least 200 people at the door. I’m run over by a woman using a stroller as a weapon.)
Me: (yelling at Cindy’s back, the last thing I see.) That won’t be hard!
WARNING: The video below is very graphic.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
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